Edward M. Sexton
Edward (Ed) M. Sexton was born in Richmond, Va and moved to Orlando with his family in 1977. Ed began his Masonic career by petitioning Mokanna Lodge No 329 in Orlando in 1995 being raised a Master Mason in Dec 1995. He went on to serve all chairs in the officer line and in 2003 became Worshipful Master. Since being elected in 2006, Ed has continually served Mokanna Lodge as Secretary.
Ed went on to serve the “Proud” 17th Masonic District in 2003 being appointed GM’s Charity Chairman, 2004 Masonic Education Chrm, & 2005 Public Relation Chrm. In 2006 he was elected President of Masters & Warden’s Assoc in Dist 17. He served as WM of Memorial Lodge No 17 in 2008.
He has maintained a Blue Proficiency Card since 2006 and his first Grand Lodge appointment was that of District Instructor in 2009 and again in 2011. He was honored to be appointed District Deputy Grand Master in 2012. He has served as Zone 7 Masonic Education chairman for the last 5 years. He was honored to be named lifetime Grand Representative to Albania during the 2013 GL session.
He joined Bahia Shrine & Scottish Rite, Valley of Orlando in 1996. His duties in Scottish Rite have included; Cmdr of the Sabre Team, Knights of St Andrew, also serving at Venerable Master of KoSA in 2011. For more than 10 years, he has been chairman of the Registration committee & 30th degree. In 2011, he received his Red hat being honored with Knights Commander Court of Honor. He continues to be active in Scottish Rite and is currently the Preceptor (2nd VP) in the line for the Consistory. He is also a life member of Heritage Court No 57, Order of Amaranth.
Since joining Bahia Shrine, Ed became active with the Camel Herders in 2003 working with the new camel Gus Jr, serving as Vice Pres of the unit and is a lifetime member. He also worked on the old Speakers Bureau traveling to several Masonic Lodges in 16th, 17th & 18th Districts spreading the message of our great Philanthropy. He has been an active member of the Past Masters Unit since 2003 and serving as Pres in 2008. Being an avid motorcycle rider, he joined the Iron Horses in 2004 and serving as Pres in 2014. He is also a member of the Directors Staff, Cigar Club, & Bahia 55 club.
Being appointed 2nd Ceremonial Master in 2014, then being elected to the bottom of the line as Oriental Guide in 2016, Ed’s love for Bahia does not just extend to the clubs and units he is a member of. He is a regular at many of the temple functions including parades, ceremonials, Trivia nights, served as Paper Crusade Chrm twice, etc. If there is a function, you can count on him being in attendance.
Ed’s focus is to strengthen the ties with our Blue lodges and increase membership and awareness for our Hospital system. Understanding the challenges of our temple and fraternity, he realizes that through good leadership, our best days are ahead of us. One of his common quotes “Leaders don’t take credit, Leaders take responsibility” is a watch word for him. He believes everyone has something to offer and should be included.
On a personal note, Ed is married to Susan and they have 3 children combined; Amanda Lynn 33, Vaughn William 29 and Elizabeth Hague 27. They also have 4 grandchildren; Keegan Michael, Delany Rose, Molly Paige and Talon William. His life truly began when he met Susan and they are inseparable. She is his best friend and confidant. She supports him completely in his efforts at Bahia and will always have his back because he leads their family from the front.
Professionally, Ed enlisted in the Army in 1981 and leaving it in 1992. He went on to work for Reynolds Metals Company in 1994 as Credit Manager joining NACM (National Assoc of Credit Managers) maintaining over 3 million dollars in accounts. In 1997 he was promoted to Branch Operations Manager for Orlando and over saw 2 locations with combined sales and inventory in excess of 5 million dollars and 30 plus employees. He was forced to take early retirement in 2004 due to a re-injury of his right lower leg. This now allows him to devote all his time to his endeavors at Bahia Shrine helping to making it the premier Shrine center in Florida.
He occupies his free time with motorcycling, shooting, collecting militaria, Masonic & Shrine memorabilia, Civil War lithographs, and researching his ancestry which has been traced back to 1590 in Ireland and present day Norway. Community involvement includes having taught adult Sunday school at Trinity Baptist Church for several years as well as membership in the American Legion, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of the American Revolution, and is a life member of the NRA.