This Friday, April 15, Bobby Joe Harpole will be given the prestigious Golden Trowel Award by fellow members of Stephenville Masonic Lodge 267 at an awards banquet.

Harpole has been a Mason since June of 1976, but he will also be remembered by long-time area residents as having served 34 years as Department of Public Safety law enforcement officer.

Those duties included being a part of security at President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, a sergeant for a Civil Disturbance Management team and working in the command post after space shuttle Columbia came down in February, 2003.

The Golden Trowel Award citation accompanying the award says, “Brother Harpole tirelessly supports Lodge activities including degree work and our annual fundraiser by arriving early to prepare the fryers and works throughout the day in whatever capacity is asked of him.”

It continues, “He is always the first to lend a hand whenever there is a need, he exemplifies daily the principle Masonic tenets of brotherly love, relief and truth.”

There will be an open-to-the-public free dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, at the Masonic Lodge to honor Harpole and those who wish to speak about their relationship with him will be given the opportunity.

The Lodge is located at 244 S. Columbia St. For information call 254-965-4175.