Kempsville Lodge No. 196

4869 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Kempsville Lodge No. 196 - 1970


Worshipful William Thomas Haste

  • Initiated: 9/19/1961, Passed: 10/24/1961, Raised: 11/21/1961
  • Chapter Dad, Kempsville DeMolay: 1961-1970
  • Member, Ionic Royal Arch: 1963
  • Associate Bethel Guardian, Bethel 42: 1983, 1984
  • Worthy Patron, Kempsville Chapter No. 173, Order of the Eastern Star: 1984, 1990, 1997
  • Associate Bethel Guardian, Bethel 71: 1991
  • Trustee, Kempsville Lodge: term ended NOV 2022
  • 60-Year Veteran: 2021
  • Entered the Celestial Lodge: 12/22/2022

Notable Visitor

Brother Moran Keith Morris visits Kempsville Lodge in June 1970. Brother Morris would affiliate with Kempsville Lodge in 1975 and serve as its Worshipful Master in 1990.


William Thomas "Tommy" Haste, Jr., 94, went to be with the Lord on December 22, 2022, surrounded by his family after a short and unexpected illness. Tommy was born in Hertford, NC to William T. Haste, Sr. and Beulah Elizabeth Sitterson Haste on February 23, 1928. Following graduation from Kempsville High School, he served our nation in the U.S. Army in the post-World War II occupation of Japan. He then began a career as a dedicated Civil Servant repairing U.S. Navy vessels at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA for over 30 years, retiring as a Supervisor in the Blacksmith Shop in 1983.

Tommy was a beloved and faithful member of Kempsville Baptist Church for over 70 years. Throughout that time he served as a deacon and Chairman of the Deacons, usher, and Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of the Gideons for many years and volunteered with the jailhouse ministry.

He was a dedicated member of Kempsville Masonic Lodge #196 A.F. & A. M. for over 61 years. He was Worshipful Master of Kempsville Lodge in 1970 and received his 60-year Masonic pin on November 9, 2021. Tommy was also a member of numerous other Masonic organizations including Kempsville Chapter #173, Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Patron several times. He was also a Chapter Dad for Kempsville DeMolay and a Past Associate Bethel Guardian for Bethel #42 Jobs Daughters for many years.

His greatest joy was his family. He loved spending time with them, as well as traveling extensively with his wife, Faye, including many trips with their friends across the country. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Tommy was predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Faye Evans Haste; one brother, John Benjamin; three sisters: Aleathia, Ethel and Faye. He is survived by his sons, Jerry T. Haste, Sr. (Marilyn), Gary J. Haste (Liz), both of Virginia Beach, VA, and his daughter, Phyllis Connor (Danny) of Stafford, VA. He is also survived by his sister, Mae Gay. Additionally, he has 7 grandchildren left to cherish his memory: Katie Haste and J.T. Haste, Jr; Matt Haste and Will Haste; Daniel Connor, Thomas Connor, and Rebecca Connor; and many nieces and nephews

Lodge Of Sorrow

  • Wallace Cecil Sawyer - 05/09/1970
  • Cuthbert Earn Bailey, Jr. - 11/14/1970