Wayne Roberson Retires from SGA after 40 Years!



Wayne Roberson, center, along with former students and co-workers.


On Saturday, February 10 friends, family, former co-workers, and current staff members met at the Masonic Home Chapel to celebrate the working career of Wayne Roberson. At 40 years, Wayne was one of longest tenured employees in the history of Oxford Orphanage/Masonic Home for Children.

In our journey through life God often puts us in places and situations where we can best have an impact on our fellow man. For Wayne Roberson that place in 1978 was the Oxford Orphanage Printing Department. He has seen many changes through the years, from different faces in the manager’s office to printing equipment that looks far different today than it did when he started. I’m not sure he realized the day he was hired just what the next 40 years would hold for him. But what he did figure out very quickly was the opportunity he would have to impact the young lives of the students that would be in his care for a few hours each week. The author is unknown, but it was once said that “Every child deserves a champion – An adult who will never give up on them and who understands the power of a connection”. Wayne Roberson was that champion for countless former students who love and respect him for what he meant in their lives. The impact he made during his forty years can best be measured by the young people that were under his instruction and have made the Home proud by becoming productive citizens in their own communities.

During his tenure Wayne Roberson was selected to be honored by placement on the School of Graphic Arts Wall of Fame. He is just as deserving as some of the greats who are there, men like Allen and Joe Colenda and Tommy Eller. The Colendas have a whole generation of alumni who love and still speak fondly of them. Wayne has created the next generation that will do the same for him.

Eddie Dickerson, School of Graphic Arts Manager


2018 Board of Directors & Committee Members



MHCO is proud to present our 2018 Board of Directors and Committee Members!

Front row from left – Larry Thompson, Michael Sterling, Louise Taylor, Raul Herrera, Maria Lowder, Melissa Hogan, Dr. Carla Emerson, Don Steichen, Shaun Bradshaw, David Wicker, Mack Sigmon…Back row from left – Kevin Otis, Dr. Tony Cozart, Reverend Cathie Caimano, Steve Norris, GM Speed Hallman, Chairman Dewey Preslar, Don Kehler


Board of Directors

  • Grand Master Speed Hallman – Wadesboro, NC

  • Mr. Dewey R. Preslar, Jr., Chairman – Salisbury, NC

  • Mr. Don Steichen, Vice Chairman – Raleigh, NC

  • Mrs. Melissa Hogan, Treasurer – Mebane, NC

  • Dr. Carla Emerson – Kernersville, NC

  • Dr. Deirdre S. Christy – Black Mountain, NC

  • Mr. Jon Welborn – Mocksville, NC

  • Dr. Tony Cozart – Oxford, NC

  • Mrs. Maria Lowder – Salisbury, NC

  • Mrs. Nicki Perry – Louisburg, NC

  • Mr. Anthony Sessoms – Clinton, NC

  • Mr. Mack Sigmon – Newton, NC

  • Mr. Michael Sterling – Cary, NC

  • Mr. Shaun Bradshaw – Greensboro, NC

  • Mr. Raul Herrera – Hillsborough, NC


 Committee Members

  • Mr. David Wicker, Secretary – Oxford, NC

  • Mr. Jeff Hensley – Raleigh, NC

  • Mr. Thomas Eller – Salisbury, NC

  • Mrs. Kathy Johnson – Garner, NC

  • Mr. Phil Johnson – Hertford, NC

  • Mr. Kirby Matthews – Denton, NC

  • Mr. Dennis Sims – Asheville, NC

  • Mr. Amos Speight – Fayetteville, GA

  • Mr. Johnny Surles – Pollocksville, NC

  • Rev. Cathie Caimano – Huntersville, NC

  • Ms. Louise Taylor – Garysburg, NC



On February 13, 2018 the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford will turn 145 years old!  On that day, our Home began caring for children in need and we continue to provide a stable, safe, and caring home today. 

We will be turning 150 years old in 5 short years.  Check our website often for news regarding the upcoming celebration, our history, and our bright and promising future. 


Check out these other notable happenings from 1873!

  • January 01, 1873 – Origin of Japanese Era

  • January 11, 1873 – 1st livestock market newspaper published, Drover’s Journal, Chicago

  • January 14, 1873 – Celluloid registered as a trademark

  • February 13, 1873 – Oxford Orphan Asylum opens in Oxford, NC (Known as MHCO today.)

  • February 20, 1873 – University of California gets its 1st Med School (UC/SF)

  • March 03, 1873 – Congress authorizes federal departmental postage stamps

  • March 09, 1873 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police found

  • May 01, 1873 – 1st US postal card issued

  • May 20, 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive United States patent#139121 for using copper rivets to strengthen the pockets of denim work pants. Levi Strauss & Co. begin manufacturing the famous Levi’s brand of jeans, using fabric from the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in Manchester, New Hampshire.

  • May 23, 1873 – Postal cards sold in San Francisco for the 1st time

  • June 02, 1873 – Construction begins on Clay St (San Francisco) for world’s 1st cable railroad

  • June 18, 1873 – Susan B Anthony fined $100 for attempting to vote for President

  • August 01, 1873 – San Francisco’s 1st cable car begins service

  • August 14, 1873 – Field & Stream begins publishing

  • August 18, 1873 – 1st ascent of Mount Whitney, Calif (14,494′)

  • August 26, 1873 – 1st kindergarten public school opens in St Louis

  • September 17, 1873 – 19 students attend opening class at Ohio State University

  • October 30, 1873 – P T Barnum’s circus, Greatest Show on Earth, debuts (NYC)

  • November 04, 1873 – Dentist John Beers patents gold crown

  • December 30, 1873 – American Metrological Society forms (NYC) weights, measures & money