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We lost a good one.  Edward L. Kuykendall passed away yesterday at the age of 85.  I only knew Mr. Ed while a member of Watonala Lodge.  Mr. Ed always enjoyed a good laugh, and when I was younger it was popular to tell “Chuck Norris” jokes like: Chuck Norris has a grizzly bear carpet in his room.  The bear isn’t dead; it’s just too scared to move.  Therefore, I’ll start out by stating that Chuck Norris must not need a mentor any more since Mr. Ed has gone to heaven.  Each youngster who took the opportunity to sit across the table from him was regaled with his stories of bygone times, adventure, and wisdom. Every time I found the time to lend him my ear, I learned I barely knew him.  You see, Mr. Ed was a Marine for 22 years.  He served as John F. Kennedy’s presidential pilot on Marine One, risked his life for the sake of other’s in Vietnam, and was the recipient of three Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and two Silver Stars.

Outside of being a Marine, he served his community both as an entrepreneurial business man, Scouter, and churchgoer. He served as a Scoutmaster, Lodge Adviser, Commissioner, and Executive Board Member.  He started one of the first overseas scout troops for American boys in Iwakuni, Japan which is still active today.  If he knew the Lodge had an event, and he was able, he was there!  Ed lived a life full of accolades and accomplishments. However, his service to others has been his trademark. He was a devoted father and husband.  The way his eye twinkled when he spoke of Francis, his wife, let you know she was indeed the love of his life.  A few years ago, all of Ed’s sons were able to attend OA Conclave with him.  I can say he literally glowed with joy!  He was so excited to share the OA, Conclave, and Scouting again with all of his sons together!

It’s hard for me to place a title on what my relationship was with Ed, but since we are bonded by the Order of the Arrow, I can definitely call him a brother.  It’s hard to call a man more than 50 years older than you a brother, especially one as accomplished as Mr. Ed.  There were several times he went out of his way to single me out and tell me how proud he was of me and how great of a job he thought I was doing.  I can’t tell you what I did to deserve the praise, but when a man like Ed Kuykendall tells you you’re doing something right, keep doing it!  Mr. Ed, I’ll do my best… Godspeed! - Brice Stubbs, Lodge Adviser

Details regarding Mr. Ed's visitation and funeral will be added to this article once his family has shared them.

Watonala Lodge recently recognized Mr. Ed with Watonala's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, henceforth it will be given to future recipients in Ed's name.  If you would like to view the video we presented at Conclave you may do so by clicking here.

ADDITION: The visitation will be at 1pm and the service will be at 2 pm at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus, MS. Graveside will follow at Friendship Cemetery. Mr. Ed's obituary can be viewed here: http://www.memorialfuneral.net/mobile/obituaries-details.cfm?o_id=2609797&fh_id=10347#obituaries

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 22:47
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Thank you to the following guys and gals for either completing the Ordeal or the Brotherhood this year!


2013's Newest Ordeal Members
2013's Newest Brotherhood Members
First Last Unit First Last Unit
Jesse Allen 9 Ethan Holder 14
Bridget "Nikki" Carpenter 30 James May 14
Joshua Coggins 14 Matthew Gent 27
Bradley Curtis 14 Clay Crowder 41
Jared Frickenstein 3 Kyle Lucas 41
Michelle Guyton C45 Kirk Shearer 41
Tom Holder 14 James Harfst 45
Trey Jackson 14 Ryan Harfst 45
Elijah Maiers 14 Jesse Ivy 45
Rick Maiers 14 Evan McBroom 45
Dickie Peralto 1 Bobby Morgan 45
Will Shackelford 30 Jacob Reed 45
Kaleb Stokes 33 CeCelia Bowden PAC
Brandon Vaughan 30 Dan Gent PAC
Tyler Webb 9
J.B. Harrell 15
Cassidy Ivy 45
Chandler McCafferty 45
Richie McKee 45
Cason Pate 30
Cole Ross 15
Operations Update - Adult Nominations PDF Print E-mail

Beginning January 1st, 2013, units may nominate one adult for every 3 youth who are elected.  The same camping requirements apply as before, and nominations must be made by the unit's committee.  See the official update HERE.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 19:19
OA's Unit of Excellence Award PDF Print E-mail

There is a new award that recognizes Units, Scoutmasters, Troop Reps, and Troop Rep Advisers for their work in incorporating the OA into the Troop's annual planning.  For full details on how you and your unit can earn this award click HERE.

If you need any details or have any questions fell free to contact Brice Stubbs, Lodge Adviser, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Watonala Photos
Written by Jordan Moore   
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:10

Are you looking for more pictures from past Lodge events? Many pictures from these events go to a website that holds photos. You can browse through a few events from last year and even download pictures of yourself! Follow the link below to the Watonala Lodge Flickr account to see more images!

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Watonala.Org is actively seeking website contributions from Arrowmen in our lodge.   Whether it's memories of NOAC, reports from National Jamboree participants, or officers and committee chairs using the site for announcements, we'd like your input. 

Just send your articles, photos, information, or other submissions to Jordan Moore, website editor, using the link on the left.

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