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Elks to honor departed brothers

By TRAVIS HANDY

travis@southwesttimes.com

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Pulaski Lodge #1067 will honor three recently departed members during its 105th Memorial Service Sunday Dec. 2. The service will also include remembrance of all absent members. The brothers who will be honored are Claude Turner, E.D. Cabaniss and John Johnston. Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Jim Chitwood shared memories of the departed brothers by phone on Tuesday. “John Johnston was a truly remarkable man,” said Chitwood. “He loved all animals and was very dedicated to the Pulaski community.” Johnston was an educator and a leader in the Pulaski area. In his service to the community, Johnston was a principal in two Pulaski County schools for a total of 25 years, served on Pulaski Town Council for many years and spent three years as mayor. He was much respected within the community. Johnston passed away Nov. 19. Mr. Cabaniss, Chitwood said, “worked as a card lender for years and was big in the Thornspring Golf Club. He was a very fun-loving man.” Cabaniss was a 1943 graduate of the Augusta Military Academy, served during World War II from Omaha Beach to Germany and was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. Cabaniss passed away in May, 2012. Claude Turner was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks in Pulaski. He moved to Galax about 25 years ago and passed away in February, 2012. According to his obituary, he was a past sales manager at both Coleman Furniture and Pulaski Furniture and was past vice president of sales at Webb Furniture Industries, of Galax, from which he retired in 2004. The brothers will be honored with marble tablets on a memorial wall in the lodge during the service, which will include a musical tribute by Lenn Damron. The public is invited to come and refresh their memories of all lodge friends and family during the remembrance ritual. The service will be held Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. with seating beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pulaski Elks Lodge 1067 is located at 10 W. Main Street, Pulaski.

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