Excellent High Priest (2022-2023)
Companion Curtis L. Smith is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the oldest of Dorothy Patterson’s six children. He graduated from Gordon H. Garrett High School in North Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Troy University obtaining an Associate in General Education and has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Park University. He has three children Laiyah Smith, Landon Smith, and Tyler Woods.
Companion Smith entered the United States Army on August 13, 1992, as a Motor Transport Operation and retired on August 31, 2016, with 24 Years of military service which includes his reserve time. He served in the following combat campaigns Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a two-time Bronze Star Medal Award recipient, two-time Meritorious Service Medal Award recipient, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recipient just to name a few of his awards.
Companion Smith was raised as a Prince Hall Affiliated Master Mason on November 9, 2009, at Providence Wing Lodge No.229 in Newport News, VA, and demitted into Pride of the West Lodge No.53 in El Paso, TX in April of 2014. Currently holds the seat of Worshipful Master. He became a member of El Paso Holy Royal Arch Chapter No.90 in May of 2012 (El Paso, TX). He is also a member of L.G. Raynor Council No.8 Royal (El Paso, TX) Royal and Select Masters; Demolay Commandery No.22 (El Paso, TX); Rio Grande Consistory No.24 (El Paso, TX); Oro Temple No.9.
His Masonic titles and accomplishments include Junior Deacon, Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Pride of the West Lodge No.53; Captain of the Host 2013, Royal Arch Captain 2014, Scribe 2015, and King 2016-2021, El Paso Holy Royal Arch Ch.90; Junior Warden 2014, Captain General 2015 and Generalissimo 2016, Demolay Commandery No.22; Oro Temple No.9 Oriental Guide 2013, High Priest and Prophet 2014, Assistant Rabban 2015, Illustrious Potentate 2016, 2018, 2019, Legion of Honor Recipient 2020. Currently serves as the Imperial Deputy of the Oasis of El Paso.
Community awards and titles include the Points of Light community Service Award, El Paso Community College Diversity and Inclusion Council Member, El Paso Inter-Club Council Secretary.
Excellent High Priest (2018-2022)
Past High Priest William J. Mikels was born March 27, 1984, in Inverness, Florida. He was raised by his parents James and Charlotte Mikels in Lake Panasoffkee, FL with his other three siblings; Jamie, Tricia, and Sarah. In 2002, he graduated from South Sumter High School in Bushnell, FL, and thereafter joined the United States Army and is currently still serving on active duty. For the past 20 years, William has had the opportunity to travel around the world defending this wonderful Nation and contributing to the welfare of other countries.
While serving in the Army he also took the opportunity to broaden his mind by attending college at American Military University. After many years and quite a few deployments, he is finally able to say that he was a proud college graduate, earning his undergrad degree of Bachelor of Science in Operations Management with a Minor in Psychology from AMU. He has proudly served as Excellent High Priest for El Paso Holy Royal Arch Chapter No 90 for 4 years. He is a member of multiple organizations and fraternities in Texas, Florida, and Georgia, all having a common ideology and that is the continued betterment of our communities, the development and mentorship of the Future Leaders of the World, and the continued progression of knowledge in all of MANKIND.
He continues to involve himself in many outreach programs and endeavors both locally and worldwide in hopes to leave this world better than when he came into it.