5th Annual Masonic Pheasant Hunt

The 18th Masonic District’s 5th Annual Masonic Pheasant Hunt was held on February 11, 2017 on a beautiful day at Honey Hill Hunting Preserve in Hillsboro, North Carolina.  Three hunts were offered releasing 200 birds each.  Over 150 hunters took advantage of the wonderful sporting event to help support the mission at the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.  The day began at 7am with a fantastic breakfast provided by organizers PDDGM James Britt of Proctorville Lodge #643 and Edwin Russ and Happy Bufkin of Lebanon Lodge #207.

The Masonic Pheasant Hunt provided a great time for Masons and non-Masons to learn about the Home. The Walker Sisters always attend and share how important the Home was for them and give thanks by saying the OO Meal Blessing.  The Honorable A.B. Swindell, Oxford Lodge #122 and past Board Member, attended again this year with his sons.  A family from Pennsylvania also heard about the Masonic Pheasant Hunt, made the trip, and plan to attend again next year.  PDDGM Britt estimates this year’s net proceeds will exceed $4000 for the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.  Sincerest thanks to all who planned, prepared, participated, and plan on attending next year.  It’s a great day for a great cause.

6th Annual Great Landscape Day at MHCO – March 18, 2017


It’s that time of year again!  March 18, 2017 will mark our 6th Annual Great Landscape Day at the Masonic Home!  This day of service and charity has grown from a single Girl Scout Troop to over 120 individuals representing families, businesses, churches, Lodges, and civic organizations.  The beauty those participants have given to this Home continues today.  Our thanks again for the help in the past and for consideration of this year’s event.  We hope any who are interested can join us and will invite others to share in this day of help and fellowship!  Come and join us for a good meal (two in fact) and the chance to bring beauty, comfort, and security to the home of a child.



When:           Saturday, March 18, 2017

                        (NO RAIN DATE THIS YEAR – CALL FOR UPDATES!)

Where:         Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC

Schedule:     7:30am – 9am – Continental Breakfast for participants

                         8:30am – 12:00pm – Landscaping Event on Campus

                         12:00pm – Lunch and Conclusion of Event


Groups can start after 8:30am and/or leave before 12 noon if needed.  Please bring shovels, gloves, wheelbarrow, rakes, and other landscaping implements for your personal use.  A needs list of items that can be given as part of the event is available at www.mhc-oxford.orgYou must RSVP and sign-up on or before March 10, 2017 to participate and must include the number attending.  This is very important to make the most of this day. To RSVP or for more information contact MHCO at 919-603-3930 or jgrimes@mhc-oxford.org.




Local Student Helps MHCO & Thai Orphanage


Special thanks to Miss Anna Rogers!



Anna is a senior at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She is researching residential homes for children for a school project and she selected MHCO and an orphanage in Thailand (her step-father’s job takes him to Thailand periodically) to compare and contrast. She has traveled to Thailand and visited their campus once and she has visited MHCO a few times. Her final write-up and presentation is due in April. Anna held a chicken-plate fundraiser in December and split the money raised between the two homes. Thank you Anna!! (Pictured from left are Dr. Amy Still (MHCO’s Program Director), Anna Rogers, Linda Frederickson (MHCO’s Education Coordinator), and Jennifer Grimes (MHCO’s Financial Development Asst. and Database Coordinator).

Annual Christmas Dinner Celebrates Holiday, Charity, and Special Relationships


For over ten years they have gathered to celebrate Christmas at The Masonic Home for Children.  Special to this night, besides the incredible amount of gifts and generosity for the children, are the gift of people.  People whose relationship with MHCO often spans decades, involves help and belief throughout the year, and those who trust in the Home’s purpose so much, they enlist the help and charity of others.  On a night filled with presents, paper, and wish lists fulfilled, we focus on those friends who come and share their joy of Christmas.  For most, they know not why a child is in care or the circumstances that led them to MHCO.  What they do know is that through their work, planning, giving, and personal sacrifice and that of others, a child will have a better Christmas, with positive memories, and hope for the New Year.



Our friends on this December 8, 2016 night did indeed do that, as witnessed in the smiles, laughter, and excitement of a night of receiving, giving, and sharing.  With all the excitement in the lives and hearts of our children, we turn our attention and vzm-img_20161208_220811extend our gratitude to these special individuals and groups, who come together at Christmas, to insure the wishes of a child are realized now and celebrated throughout a lifetime.  We acknowledge their giving and donations, while we admire the faith and joy found in their work for our children for another Christmas.  As we recognize each here, and their years of helping our Home at Christmas, we distinguish not only their contributions for this year, but their relationship with this Home throughout the years and the memory that our children carry throughout their lives of these friends and their part of a child’s Christmas forever.

Please join us in celebrating these friends of MHCO and their relationship with our family of children, for this Christmas and in years past.  While they bring packages and presents, their ultimate gift is their relationship with our Home, our residents, and their support and faith in our mission for those youngest among us.


Surgery Service at UNC Healthcare
Chelsea Werlau, Char-Norie Poteat, Linnea Van Pelt
Novella Clinical Inc.
Leslie Horton
Oxford Orphanage Alumni Association
Tina Gilreath and Jennifer Grimes
Triangle Italian American Heritage Association
Lou Aiello
OR West Surgical Department at UNC Rex Hospitals
Tamara Reynolds
Oak Grove Masonic Lodge No. 750
David Mitchell, David Wicker, James Adams
Martin & Jones
Allison Rogers
Southern Pharmacy
C/o Sue and Clayton Sutton
Steve and Donna Owen
Annette McGregor & Family
Mrs. Melissa Hogan and Family
Mr. Forest Horne and John Alan Jones of Martin and Jones, Attorneys at Law


Make MHCO a Part of Your “Giving Tuesday”

Different Ways to Give on This Day, Throughout the Holidays, Highlight How You Can Help a Child at our Home


Whether shopping on-line, giving through your employer, or making a valuable donation, there are so many ways to take this giving Tuesday to give to the lives and care of children at MHCO. Following the busiest shopping days of the year and getting those holiday deals, you can provide your own special giving opportunity for a child at MHCO. And the ways are easy, on-line, and available now and throughout the holiday season.

#GivingTuesday is a movement, built by people around the world, to celebrate giving of all kinds. It is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), Black Friday and Cyber Monday; this year it falls on November 29, 2016. This movement is the result of the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits large and small; businesses and corporations; schools and universities; civic campaigns in cities, states and regions; and families and individuals—to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and contribute in countless ways to the causes they believe in. Everyone has something to give.   Take part in Giving Tuesday 2016 by supporting MHCO and its kids.  You can visit www.givingtuesday.org/ for more information on this year’s event.

Check out some of the ways you can give to the children of NC first’ Home for children this #GivingTuesday!

  • If you are Shopping on Amazon this holiday, choose to shop through Amazon Smile. A portion of your purchase will go to MHCO when chosen and will not impact your shopping purchase cost or shipping. https://smile.amazon.com/
  • Make a matching gift to MHCO through your employer. Throughout the year many businesses join their employees in donating to MHCO through their corporate matching gift program. Want to know if your employer matches your giving, contact MHCO or your employer’s HR department and make a gift prior to the end of 2016.
  • Honor a loved one this Christmas with an honorary gift. Take this holiday and the chance to give to the care of a child to remember the impact and importance of one dear to you. Visit https://my.simplegive.com/g3/, our on-line giving page and choose to enter information for an honorary donation. Notification of your gift will be sent by MHCO to that person, sharing your support of a child and your appreciation for that person. Call MHCO’s Financial Development Department for more information.
  • Look for holiday promotions as several businesses who support us throughout the year offer special opportunities for their customers to give to MHCO. Currently TenPlus Systems of Raleigh has included MHCO in their holiday sales event, while the Launching Pad Trampoline Park of Raleigh is offering a Jolly Jump in December, with proceeds benefitting MHCO when visiting the park. Visit our Facebook page throughout the holidays to find out more about these and other businesses finding wonderful ways to sever their customers and support MHCO during the holidays!

GSK Orange Day brings service, care, and support to the Home, Children of MHCO

img_5173When the sun rose over The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford on November 8, 2016, it was greeted by ten special new friends courtesy of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and their “Orange Day” of service.  Orange Day is an major annual initiative of GSK, allowing their employees a paid day of work all in the name of charity and on behalf of GSK and its employees.  With members from the Audit and Independent Monitoring Departments of GSK, Orange Day Coordinators Ella McGaughey and Scott Levy welcomed the team, introducing them to the staff of the Home they were working with on this day.

With a library to be moved, a gym to be painted, and craft cards for acknowledgement to beimg_5203 assembled, it was a full schedule.  As the team gathered on campus they shared not only their charitable work and time, but an interest in learning more about MHCO.

With trips to the museum, time with our staff, and the biggest activity of the day, activities and NC State Ice Cream with the kids, there were opportunities for fellowship, fun, and a chance to demonstrate just how much of an impact this Orange Day had at MHCO.  Not only on this day, but for days to come. 

orangeday_3With each trip to the gym, to the education department, or with the mailing of a thank you, we will remember Mrs. McGaughey and her team and their Orange Day at our Home.  We extend a special thanks to those who made the trip to our Home that are listed below and especially to Mrs. McGaughey (known as Mrs. Ella by some of our Eller girls) for taking this day, this opportunity, and this chance to give and sharing it with MHCO and our children.  The following pictures from the day capture only a brief moment of what was a tremendous amount of charity and care shared with the kids of MHCO!  Thanks GSK team members from Audit and Independent Monitoring Departments for a charitable, kind, and memorable first event!

Ella McGaughey, Scott Levy, Teri Petree, Blaine Fritz, Chuck White, Julie Blackwell, Katie Schottmiller, Ryan Lenz, Kristy Roberts-Ponce and Rick Conway


E. Hunter-Longdon Fund for Campus Chapel Announced and Dedicated as Part of Homecoming 2016

  Living, Enduring Tribute Continues Decades of Charity for Children’s Home Through Major Gift Given by Mrs. Evelyn Hunter-Longdon, Inspired by Love and Example


Odsc_0493n October 9, 2016, as part of another Homecoming Celebration for the alumni and families of The Masonic Home for Children, formerly known and remembered as Oxford Orphanage, a historic announcement was made during Sunday Church Service. With the establishment of The E. Hunter-Longdon Chapel Fund at The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, Mrs. Evelyn Hunter-Longdon was honored for her gift funding the Home’s newest endowment for the support maintenance, improvement, spiritual development, and related items specific to the York Rite Chapel at MHCO, supporting the spiritual development of every resident who worships here, now and in perpetuity. With this generous fund, an annual distribution will be made, specific to the needs of the Home’s church and those who call on it for faith and support. Yet the story behind this gift is over four decades old, beginning with a cherished marriage and the past of a young man, raised at a similar home by the Masons of Pennsylvania.

That young man was Brother James Stanley Longdon, who began his support of The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford as early as 1970. With that first gift began a charitable relationship that has spanned over 40 years and continues today even since his passing in 1996. Brother Longdon’s relationship with Oxford started well before that first donation, at a Home much like MHCO. A resident of the Masonic Children’s Home of Pennsylvania Brother Stan spent the years 1917-1921 under the care of the Masons, following the death of his father and through the kind works of his mother. It was his mother, the first Worthy Matron of Pittsburgh, who with the Masons, lovingly placed her son at the Home in the early 1900s.dsc_0497

A fall as a young man while at the Home in Pennsylvania caused a serious injury to Brother Stan, almost leading to his death.   After a year at the hospital and under the care of the Masons, he left the institution to live with his grandmother, working during the day, attending college at night, and vowing to succeed so that he could one day care for those youth, like him, who needed a Home and a family. With his life and his success, he vowed to give back as a Mason and as a child of an orphanage.

Even after his passing he has done just that, through the life and love of his cherished wife, Mrs. Evelyn Hunter-Longdon. Mrs. Evelyn, as she is affectionate know throughout the Home, took the vows as the wife of Brother Stan in 1983. As his friend, partner, and wife, she stood as the heart and soul of Brother Stan’s life, as well as the one he passed his commitment of charity to.   During their 13 years together Mrs. Evelyn learned about Masonry, about charity, and how Brother Stan’s own life and success was shaped by the hands and hearts of men committed to a Home like the one in Oxford.

Mrs. Evelyn has remembered Stan’s passions for helping others, not only for the meaning and importance in his life, but for every child today who shall have a claim upon the purpose of this Home. With this in mind Mrs. Evelyn has continued the legacy of Brother Stan’s charity, both at the Home in Pennsylvania, and here, at your Home in Oxford. A record of their giving shows the establishment of the “Longdon Best Kept Cottage Fund” in 1971 and the Evelyn and Stanley Longdon Education Endowment at MHCO in 2006, an incredibly generous and perpetual gift that was given as a result of Brother Stanley naming this Home in his will. These and others given by both have come through a variety of individual gifts all the result of their heart, their charity, and Brother Stan’s path in life.

On this special day in October and with this latest gift for the Home, the children and families of MHCO, both past and present, gathered at church to recognize this cherished member of our Masonic Home family. With the comments of Oxford Orphanage alumnus and Chairman of the Board of Directors Dan Rice (68’) and to the applause of over 100 alumni and family members, Mrs. Evelyn Hunter-Longdon was honored as one touched by the compulsion and compassion of Masonry, so much so that it continues to compel her kindness for MHCO and its children. The fund given by Mrs. Evelyn is the largest in the history of the York Rite Chapel, since its construction in the 1950s.evelynlongdonevent_oct9_4

EVENT NOTICE – Master Plan Meet and Greet Invitation to you – From MHCO

The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford is building on the foundations of success. A master plan has been developed and includes options for service and program development. You are invited to the Cobb Center at MHCO on Friday 11/11/16 from 5pm-7pm for a meet and greet. Please join us to discuss possible plans, gather your feedback, and continue to build together for the betterment of our children.

Included with your invitation is a brochure outlining the proposed Master Plan at MHCO, for 2017 and beyond and a survey link, allowing you to provide feedback privately and confidentially regarding the Master Plan and your personal input. Please click here to access this survey and submit your feedback. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TT8F6W

master-plan-brochure-9-16 master-plan-brochure-9-16-2

We hope to see you there and appreciate your time and consideration regarding this important piece of our future – for our foundation and the lives of our children.

Kevin Otis – Administrator – The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford

MHCO Recognizes National Estate Planning Week Oct. 17-23

The Importance of Long Term Planning

MHCO Recognizes National Estate Planning Week Oct. 17-23



138October 17 – 23, 2016 is recognized as National Estate Planning Week for an eighth year.  Why have such a week all about wills and estates?  Why talk about something that is not a pleasant topic or something to even discuss?  Because for all of us, it is inevitable and unknown.  And planning your estate and your final lifetime, financial decisions helps tremendously with the uncertainty and emotions for you and your loved ones, forever.  It is estimated that over 50% of Americans do not have a will.  Yet, estate planning is one of the most overlooked and vital areas of personal finances.  After a life of working, saving, sacrificing, and giving, some forget the most important step in financial planning and the only one that will make an impact well after a loved one has left us.  Why would anyone leave to chance all they have worked for and saved for, only to have decisions made by another.   While not pleasant to think about, a will and your plans after passing are one of the greatest acts of kindness and security you can provide for your family.  Wills and estate can also involve the custody of children, deposition of property, or the selection of favorite charities, to insure that your beliefs and support continue, for whomever you choose, for years to come.  They only way to make this happen is with Estate Planning.

From the tax benefits to the peace of mind, making your estate plan is simple, inexpensive, and provides one of the best and most beneficial life plans for you and your family.  For our Masonic Home, Estate Planning is crucial, for our work today and for the future.  Planned Giving, including wills, estates, trusts, gifts of property, annuities, IRA’s, Life Insurance, and other major gifts endure as the single-most important contribution protecting the outlook and existence of MHCO and its ability to serve children in the future.  They are also a sound way for our donors to make a desirable gift to the children, while protecting their need to meet personal, family, and financial obligations in the future.  A donor does not have to be a “millionaire” to leave a planned gift, but to simply have the desire to continue to support a charity as well as their family, even in their passing, in a way that will assure MHCO’s ability to care for more children apart from their family and in need of its protect, provisions, and hope for years and years to come.  Wills and estate and various elements of planned gifts at MHCO accounted for 56% of the total amount of donation revenue given to MHCO in 2015.  Including stocks and funding for designated scholarships and other accounts, planned giving donated $2.1 million in donation revenue for various operations at MHCO in 2015 alone.  The Home annually honors those who name MHCO in a planned gift, through our Hayes-Neal Society.  It recognizes those while with us or after their passing, whose estate planning includes MHCO, in any amount, noting their “gift of a lifetime” for the future of this Home and our ability to care of children, today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

dscf5206National Estate Planning Awareness Week is the perfect time to make sure your financial and personal affairs are in order in the event of sickness, an accident, or untimely death.   Contact your estate planning professional, banker, financial planner, or legal counsel or call or email MHCO at 919-603-3901 or crichards@mhc-oxford.org for assistance in how to get started.  Talk with your family or a trusted friend about what you desire in your life time of giving.  This is your plan – make sure you design it that way and make sure it is carried out as you wish.  A will and proper guidance, with qualified individuals is the most secure way to make this happen.  If you already have a plan, it’s a good time to review your plan to make needed adjustments to beneficiary designations or modify retirement accounts and insurance policies.

Below is just one example in the history of MHCO of a person who planned well before he sadly left us and how his estate plan benefitted so many while still on earth – including our Home and our kids.  Our friend Brady and his legacy in life and in charity lives on today because of his faith in God, his belief in the mission of our Home and the charity of other organizations and his creation of a sound estate plan, giving him the power and confidence in leaving a legacy to benefit children for generations.


Giving More Than a Gift- Brady Jefcoat’s Life and Words Are the True Gift to All Who Know Him


Sitting on the carport of his Wake County home, Mr. Brady Jefcoat begins to discuss the miracles of life.  The stories follow endlessly, as does the laughter and learning.  It is a porch that has hosted college presidents, religious leaders, world travelers, good friends, and strangers in need.  The rocking chairs are a welcome sight to all who stop by for a visit because you know a few wonderful moments with Brady will change the outlook of your entire day.  The miracles of our world, past, present and future are discussed in earnest by Brady, but the true miracle is what he has given to others throughout his ninety-plus years on this earth.

To visit with Brady means to engage in the art of conversation and to experience the story of his life and the stories of thousands of people he has touched throughout it.  The pearls of wisdom that flow from Brady’s mouth could fill your mind hundred times over.  Between the laughter and the wisdom you find yourself witnessing a truly special individual; not only for what he has given through major gifts to his church, the City of Murfreesboro, North Carolina and to our Masonic Home for Children Oxford, but for what he continues to give with his words, his mind, and his heart.

It is hard to decide which part of Brady Jefcoat is the most amazing to witness.  He tells a story with honesty, element, and emphasis, matching the world’s best orator with his delivery and relevance.  He can reference the Holy Bible and impart those listening with details and meaning known by only those who have studied the scripture and its meaning.  One has to be on their toes as he will quiz even the most learned scholar of the good book and tax the mind of those who claim to know all there is know.  As a youth, Brady was involved in a car accident, which resulted in a disabled hand.  Yet, the work that he performs as a craftsman is astonishing, matching lines and curves of wood and metal and reconstruction pieces that were considered, “beyond repair”.  These mended items are placed amount his collection of antiques, which is massive, to say the least, and holds treasures from every corner of the earth.  Some he has purchased but many have been given to him by friends, acquaintances or complete strangers, who know the true appreciation that Brady has for every item and oddity.  These collectibles have been placed in Brady’s care because of his true love for art, knowledge and an appreciation for history. Most amazing is Brady’s knowledge of people, a skill he has perfected over his lifetime and one that has touched the souls of anyone that has every met him.  His true love is people; their thoughts, concerns, and troubles and what he can share with them, whether it is a smile, a story, or an attentive ear.  It is this fact that sets Brady apart from most people and one that has endured him to many, including the author of this story.


Amidst the most wonderful collection of memorabilia and history, you get to know Brady.  With book, chapter and verse, Brady quotes the Holy Bible from memory.  In doing so he always adds an interesting fact or challenges you with a question, all for the purpose of educating and entertaining, because he loves to share with others.  This display of memorization leads you to believe that Brady attended years of college or divides his time among constant reading.  The fact of the matter is Brady’s memory and his talent to communicate stem from a lifelong desire to succeed, to learn and to share with others.  For a man faced with many obstacles and challenges in his life, his words are soft and promising and his thoughts are precise, calculated, and constructed with experience. His collection of tangible treasures is amazing, but it is the intangibles of Brady that set him apart from the rest of us.  While learning about the world’s largest collection of chittlings knives or staring in amazement at the couch used in “Gone With The Wind”, you realize the true treasure you are witnessing is Brady himself.

The life of Brady Jefcoat is so interesting and so inspiring that it would be difficult to recap it in one article.  His story would make a wonderful movie, with many sequels and a continuing plot line that includes with a different adventure each week.  This writing does not do it justice and barely describes the many, many gifts Brady has given throughout his life.  Even with his hand mangled in a car accident when a child, Brady demonstrated a zest for life and learning, working in several professions as he grew.  Brady’s quest for knowledge began in school and soon after graduating, he sought work and an opportunity to display his knowledge and exercise his will to succeed.  His hand obscured in a coat pocket, Brady walked into a Raleigh based book bindery searching for a job.  Throughout the day, Brady had been rejected, turned away from potential jobs, because of his hand.  Undeterred, Brady continued his search and made a promise to apply all the talent that God had given him.  His only dream was to work and to demonstrate his abilities.  His last stop proved to be that opportunity, as Brady Jefcoat took a job at the bindery, destined to demonstrate his talents and all that he had to give.

Best known as a carpenter, a skill he still demonstrates through historic restorations today, Brady’s talent and tremendous drive to succeed were evident at an early age.  From the book bindery, to a bus garage, and on to his own construction business, Brady made business associations and life-long friends through his skill, determination and because of his work ethic.  Brady was known has a person who could fix the unfixable, one to never give up, and a true craftsman.  Brady indeed can fix anything from baptismal, to window panes to the occasional aching heart or troubled mind.  Brady’s life is a tribute to a faith in God and a belief in yourself and your talents.

The circa 1922 Murfreesboro High School stands today as the Brady C. Jefcoat Museum of Americana; another testament to the generosity of Brady.  Wanting to display all that he had been given and acquired, Brady set out to find a place to present the treasures of his life for the benefit of others.  The collection of items, ranging from cooking equipment, to air rifles, to game birds is only a small portion of Brady’s anthology.  These items and the stories behind them are the result of gifts and “finds”, many trips to many flea markets, and a genuine love of learning.  For every piece Brady has in his collection, there is a story.  And for many pieces in his collection, Brady has used his mind’s eye and his talent to restore them to their previous glory.  Brady continues to this day, taking unique collectibles and reconditioning them, spending time and investing heart into each piece.  In the same fashion, through his public speaking (several hundred in his lifetime) or through small talks on his carport, Brady has reconditioned the lives of people, investing that same amount of time and a greater amount of heart to make a difference and help people realize their greatest gifts.

Stacks of letters can be found throughout Brady’s home from people who have been touched by his story.  They speak to Brady and remind him of his opportunity to share with others and of the many people that have been affected by his life.  In speaking of these letters, Brady displays surprise and reverence and cherishes them as the greatest piece in his collection.  They come because of his speaking engagements, another treasure in Brady’s life.  Brady loves the opportunity to speak to others and share with them.  An even greater thrill comes when his audience asks questions or sends a message of thanks.  For it is his words that have touch a chord in the hearts and minds of many and his words that he cradles has his greatest gift to others.


In January 2006, Mr. Brady Jefcoat donated a piece of his homestead to The Masonic Home for  Children at Oxford.  The donation was part of a plan developed by Mr. Jefcoat and Wake County Parks, Recreation and Land Use Department, to construction a park for residents located in the southern part of the county.  The park would be yet another way to affect the lives of others especially the very young lives of the future.  Once again, Brady was taking his life’s work and giving it back so that generations after him could enjoy it.  Wake County received an additional part of the property, the result of another donation by Brady, to secure land for the plan.  Mr. Jefcoat’s  gift to the Masonic Home for Children equaled over $1.3 million dollars; a tremendous gift for the future of our Home and its children and one which will forever live at this Home as historic in its generosity.  Brady is not a Mason, nor was his family affiliated with the craft, but his life is an example of our Masonic tenets realized; faith, hope and charity.  For it is with faith in God that Brady has lived his life, hope in all people that they can succeed as he did and charity for the many, many blessings he has imparted to others, especially this Home and its children. His gift will be recognized permanently later this year with the naming of the Brady C. Jefcoat Cottage, one of seven residence home at MHCO that opened in 2003.  While Mr. Jefcoat’s generosity will be remembered through the naming of a home, his words and his story will be remembered in the minds and hearts of all he has met throughout his life; including me.



Masonic Homecoming Festival Modifications Due to Hurricane Matthew

As of 12pm, October 5, 2016 – In light of the impending weather events and the uncertainty of its impacts on the 2016 Masonic Homecoming Festival, MHCO officials, Alumni Representatives, and members of the Masonic Grand Lodge and Shrine Temples of North Carolina met to discuss those changes that needed to be made to ensure the safety of all participating and attending this year’s events. Based on this meeting the following changes to the schedule of events have been made:

  • The Shrine Parade for Saturday Morning has been cancelled.


All other activities are being held as previously scheduled. For a full list of activities and changes as well as any additional updates, please visit the MHCO website at www.mhc-oxford.org or our Facebook page. You can also listen to the following radio stations for further updates – US 98.3 FM and WIZS 1450 AM.


The Home extends its thanks to the City of Oxford Police Department, Granville County Sheriff’s Department, Granville Emergency Management, the Oxford Orphanage/MHCO Alumni Association, our Shrine Temples of NC, and all those locally and throughout the state who have volunteered their time, resources, and support for this year’s festival. We apologize for any inconvenience these changes have caused, but again must focus on the safety and comfort of our participants and guests, both in Oxford and across North Carolina.  Look for additional updates if other changes are necessary due to the weather.