Supreme Worthy President
(Mrs. Charles M.) Susan Thames
Kingsport Assembly No. 244, TN
(Mrs. Charles M.) Susan Thames was installed as supreme worthy president at the Centennial Session of the Supreme Assembly in Kingsport, Tennessee, on October 1, 2021. She has the honor to visit each chartered Assembly during her tenure and will preside at the 102nd Annual Supreme Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia on September 26-30, 2022.
Mrs. Thames resides in the small town of Rogersville, Tennessee. She is an eighteen-year member of Kingsport Assembly, 244, Social Order of the Beauceant in Kingsport, Tennessee, where she advanced through the line before serving as president in 2007 and again in 2017. While her father, Reverend Billy C. Carroll, was a Master Mason and mother, Marie B. Carroll, an active member in the Order of the Eastern Star, Mrs. Thames did not have an interest in the Masonic organizations until she married her Sir Knight, Charles M. Thames, in 2001. Since then, she has traveled extensively with him as he has served in many capacities, but some of their favorite times were during his service as right eminent grand commander of Knights Templar of the Grand Commandery of Tennessee in 2013.
Aside from serving Supreme Assembly as supreme outer guard in 2011 and supreme marshal in 2016, Mrs. Thames has served The Grand Chapter of Tennessee Order of the Eastern Star as grand representative to Puerto Rico (2012-14) and grand organist (2019-2021). She was elected as supreme worthy preceptress in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in September of 2017 and has progressed through the Supreme line accordingly.
Mrs. Thames was born in the tiny town of Bean Station, Tennessee, and acquired her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and ten years later a Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her blood proudly flows Volunteer Orange! She was a teacher in grades K-5 for thirty three years at Rogersville City School. However, her greatest achievement, other than accepting Jesus as her Savior, has been that of “Mom” to her daughter, Emily Sauceman. She and Chuck share three daughters, two sons-in-law, a grand daughter, and foster grandchildren.
Mrs. Thames begins as president in a new century of faith, loyalty, and love and is looking forward to celebrating her “Sisters in all Seasons” across the country, while encouraging continued support for the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.