Contributed by Ed Day, Midian Shriners Potentate
Midian Shriners has the distinction of having two members who are 100 years old or older and who will soon start their 70th years as members of Shriners International. Nobles Spencer Yancey and John Sheaks both reside at Larksfield Place Retirement Community in Wichita. Not only do they know each other, they dine together each night and play duplicate bridge together.
At 104, Noble Yancey is the oldest member of Midian Shriners. He became a member of Afifi Shriners in Tacoma, Wash., in June of 1945, while stationed at Ft. Lewis with the U.S. Army. He affiliated with Midian Shriners on January 1, 1949. He became member of the Shelbina Lodge in Missouri in 1939 and is still a member there today. He joined the York Rite in 1943 and is a member of the Newton Chapter and Commandery. Noble Yancey is proud of his contributions over the years to the Midian Transportation Fund.
Noble Sheaks, who will turn 101 on July 3, became a member of Midian Shriners on May 11, 1945. He is a member of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge and the Wichita Consistory.
Both nobles were presented framed certificates recognizing them as members of Shriners International for 70 years. Both were deeply moved by the honor.
When asked what prompted them to become Shriners, Noble Sheaks very quickly and emphatically said, “We come from a generation that knew you wanted to be a Mason and joined….then we joined the Shrine.”
Congratulations to Nobles Yancey and Sheaks on their milestone recognitions. Thank you for all you do for Shriners International.