About The Ellis Avenue Cornerstone

New Providence Lodge, No. 128 F&AM

The Ellis Avenue Cornerstone is a publication of New Providence Lodge Number 128, Free & Accepted Masons.

The Lodge is located at:

318 Ellis Avenue Maryville, TN.  37804

e-mail us at :   np_128@outlook.com


It is dedicated to all-things New Providence, but also to Freemasonry in general.

The page contains our vital information, schedules, articles and profiles.  There are links provided to significant pages and information, and we have a companion site,   , which covers New Providence history, as well as historical information regarding Freemasonry.

Our Authors and Editors:



Mark Bennett:

mark_grandviewMark serves as pro tempore Chief Editor of The Ellis Avenue Cornerstone and curator for the lodge and is one of our youngest Master Masons (in Masonic Age), having received his third degree in early 2019.

In September of 2019, he will take over the reigns of The Ellis Avenue Cornerstone.  Please direct all questions regarding communications efforts to Mark while he is in training for his new position.

A native of Maryville, TN, graduated from Alcoa High School in 1997. He later earned a bachelor of science in mathematics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and pursued further studies in accounting. Mark’s passion is genealogical and historical research and has compiled two books which are The Official Record Book of Grandview Cemetery (2015) and The Official Record Book of Smith Funeral and Cremation (2017). In January of 2019, Mark was raised to the degree of master mason. He is proud to be related to three past Grand Masters of Tennessee: J.C.N. Roberson (1836), Enoch Kelsey Bachman (1909), and John Lynn Bachman (1912). Contact Mark.




Secretary, Gene Burke:


Jim Hill:



Larry Price:

Raised: 01/09/1996
Worshipful Master (Rockford #469): 1996 & 2003
Worshipful Master (Prudentia #719): 2016
Tennessee Masonic Ritual Excellence Pin: Since 1997
Funeral Master
Installing Officer
Currently Member: Prudentia #719, New Providence #128, Oak Island #758 (Oak Island, NC)
Co-founder & Charter Member 1861 Civil War Lodge of Research
Honorary Member of five lodges

Co-founder and Co-editor “Smoky Mountain Trestleboard”.

In his spare time, Larry has a deep-seeded passion for woodworking, and he is the indisputable master of teaching proficiency to many men who have graced a Masonic Lodge and pursued a masonic education in the ritual and beyond!