Morphis Jamiel, 91, Warren


The Honorable Morphis A. Jamiel, US Army Major General (Retired), 91, of Warren, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in his sleep.  Born in Fall River, a son of the late Albert and Mary (Falugo) Jamiel,  Mr. Jamiel was a lawyer and retired late last year as Probate Judge for the Town of Warren.

Mr Jamiel graduated Warren High School 1940. Member Rhode Island Honor Society.

Graduated University of Rhode Island 1943, BS Degree in Chemical Engineering and

Graduated Boston University Law School 1948. JD Degree.

Beloved brother of Bolus, Hirum , Jimmy, Edward and Albert Jamiel, Melia Scheffler, Zenobia Paulhardt, Anissa Polando and the late Amon and Joseph Jamiel, Zina Willis and Genevieve Jamiel.

Below are the many activities both professional, public, Military and recreational with which he participated:

Public Positions: 

Member Warren, R.I. Town Council – 2 years.

Member Warren, R.I. Planning Board – 4 years.

Warren, R.I. Town Solicitor – 2 years

Public auctioneer – 20 years.

Bail Commissioner – 3 years.

Warren, R.I. Special Police Constable – 15 years.

R.I. General Assembly–Senator from Warren, RI 4 years.

R.I. General Assembly- Representative from Warren, RI 8 years.

Present Affiliations: National Society of State Legislators – Life Member.

Society of Former Rhode Island Legislators.

National Guard Association – Life Member.

Massachusetts Bar Association.

Rhode Island Bar Association.

Massasoit Hook & Ladder Fire Co., - Volunteer Fireman – 25 years.

American Legion – Life Member.

National Jogging Association – Life Member.

VFW – Life Member.

DAV – Life Member.

East Warren Rod & Gun Club – Life Member.

Seventh Armored Association – Life Member.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Past Affiliations: Bristol County Lions Association – Past President.

Warren Scholarship Foundation – Past President.

Rhode Island Bar Association – Past Treasurer.

U.S. Military Police Association.


Military Record: Enlisted as a Private in Army of U.S. – June 22, 1942.

Served with 7th Armored Division in WWII.

Served with 43rd Infantry Division during Korean Conflict.

Retired as Major General – R.I. National Guard – 1978.

Military Education: Infantry School, Artillery School, Engineer School, Military

Intelligence School, Military Police School, Judge Advocate

General School, Command & General staff Co9llege, and

Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Military Branch Qualifications: Educationally qualified to serve as an officer in:

Infantry, Armor, Engineer, Anti-Aircraft Artillery, Filed

Artillery, Military Intelligence, Judge Advocate General, and

Military Police.

Military Awards: Bronze Star with 3 oak leaf clusters. Purple Heart Medal, Combat

Infantryman’s Combat Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, Belgium

Fourragere, European Campaign Medal with 3 stars, American

Campaign Medal, Work War II Victory Medal, Armed Forces

Reserve Medal, R.I. National Guard Service Medal, Army Reserve

Components Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and

Legion of Merit Medal.  Inducted into the URI ARMY ROTC Hall of Fame

Inducted in the US Army Hall of Fame


Blue Lodge: Past Master Washington Lodge No. 3 – Life Member.

Past Master Overseas Lodge No. 40. – Life Member.

Past Master St. Alban’s Lodge No. 6.

Member St. John’s Lodge No. 1.

Grand Lodge: Member Jurisprudence Committee.

Member Commissioners of trials.

Member Advancement of Freemasonry Committee.

Past member of Relief Committee of Grand Charities.

Reporter for Freemason Newspaper.

Master of Ceremonies for 7th Masonic District.

Past Associate Grand Chaplain.

Awarded Grand Lodge Ememplary Masonic Service Medal with


Scottish Rite : Life Member.

Past Member ritual cast.

Past Sovereign Price of R.I. Council of Princes of Jerusalem.

Chaired Christmas observance for 3 years.

Chaired boat cruise for 5 years.

Chaired distribution of follower to widows for 3 years.

Awarded 33°.

Awarded the Distinguished Medal of Honor by The

Supreme Council 33°

York Rite: Past High Priest of Temple Chapter No. 3 – Life Member.

Past High Priest of Providence Chapter No. 1.

Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Webb Council No. 3 – Life Member.

Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Providence Council No. 1

Past Commander of Calvary Commandery No. 13.

Past Commander of Washington Commandery No. 4.

Past Commander of Godfrey deBouillon Commandery No. 4.

Past Sec-Treas of R.I. Triennial Corp. serving General Grand Chapter


Past Member Calvary Commandery No. 13’2 Board of Trustees.

Awarded Knight Templar Cross of Honor

Grand Chapter of Rhode Island: Past Most Excellent Grand High Priest.

Awarded General Grand Chapter Distinguished Service Medal for R.I.

Grand Council For Rhode Island: Past Most Illustrious Grand Master.

Awarded Ish Soda Medal.

York Rite College: Past Governor of What Cheer York Rite College #43.

Associate Regent.

Awarded King Athelstan Medal.

Awarded the Purple Cross.

Red Cross of Constantine: Past Puissant Sovereign, Plantations Conclave No. 30.

York Cross Of Honor: Past Prior of Roger Williams Priory No. 48.


National Sojourners: Past President of Narragansett Bay Chapter – Life Member.

Tall Cedars Of Lebanon: Past Grand Tall Cedar of Massasoit Forest No. 91.

Member Tall Cedar Clown Unit.

Membership in: Mass & R.I. Association of Knight Templar Commanders.

Masonic Veterans Association of R.I. Royal Order of Scotland – Life Member.

Grand Council of r 7 s Masters of NY.

Council of Holy Order of Priesthood of New Brunswick, Canada.

R.I. Convention of Anointed High Priests.

R.I. Council of Anointed Kings.

Swords of Bunker Hill.

Past Member of Past Masters Association for the 7th Masonic District.

General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International.

Shrine: Past President of Knights of Mecca.

Member of Legion of Honor.

Member of Clown Unit, Past First Boss Clown.

Member Palestine Temple Charity Trust.

Member Trust’s Finance Committee.

Personal Aide to Potentate John Takian, Jr.

I.O.O.F.: Past Noble Grand of United Brothers Lodge No. 13.

Past Chief Patriarch of Massasoit Encampment No. 8.

Past Captain of Canton Providence No. 1, Patriarchs Militant.

Member Canonicus Lodge No. 9.

Member Wampanoag Encampment No. 23.

Member Reba Rebekah Lodge No. 12.

Member R.I. Rebekah Assembly.

Past Grand Master, Grand Lodge of R.I., I.O.O.F.

Past treasurer of Joint Youth’s Committee.

Member of Committee of Laws of Odd Fellow Lodges.

Member of Committee to Codify Organic Laws.

Reporters for Grand Lodge newspaper.

Member Loyalty Unity Lodge #6434, Manchester Unity, IOOF.

Past Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of R.I., IOOF.

VP of Department of Massachusetts & R.I., Patriarchs Militant.

Grotto: Past Prophet Monarch of Moslem Grotto. MOVPER.

Past Prophet Monarch of Azab Grotto. MOVPER.

Past Marshall of New England Grotto Association.

Besides his siblings, he leaves the following:



Debbie Hoyt, Cathy Plasterer, Max Scheffler, Mary Lord, Heidi H. Jamiel, Kurt H. Jamiel, Tina H. Minicucci, Hirum A. Jamiel, II, Werner Paulhardt, Jr., Kimberley Paulhardt, Erik Paulhardt, Jason Jamiel, Ashley Jamiel, James Polando, Jr., Todd Polando, Nina Polando, Gregory Jamiel, Lindsay Jamiel, Caitlin Jamiel, Ryan Jamiel, Francis Jamiel, Nicolas Jamiel, Joseph Jamiel, Jr., Douglas Jamiel, Mary Lou Cowart, William Willis, Jr., Donnely Vail, Wayne Willis, Alan Jamiel



Susan Plasterer, Morgan Jamiel, Jacqueline Jamiel, Katielyn  Bunting, Hanna Plasterer, Abigail Jamiel, Sabrina Jamiel, Kelly Guenette, Emily Plasterer, Michaela Jamiel, Paris Jamiel, Kimberly Willis, Elizabeth Plasterer, Elizabeth Jamiel, Martine Jamiel, William Willis, Stephen Plasterer, Alexandra Jamiel, Joseph Jamiel, Sariah Jamiel, Samuel Scheffler, Victoria Jamiel,  Douglas Jamiel, Briella Jamiel, Mathew Scheffler, Shelly Jamiel, Andrew Jamiel, Christopher Scheffler, Shawna Jamiel, Geoffrey Jamiel, Richard Hoyt, Sharlene Jamiel, Todd Polando, Jr.,

Austin Paulhardt, Faith Polando, Jack Polando, Nicole Paulhardt, Sidney Polando, Christopher Minicucci, Kathryn Paulhardt, Don Cowart, Zachary Minicucci, Emily Paulhardt, Jessica Morello, Victoria Minicucci, Jillian Paulhardt, Jodi Camello, Hirum R. Jamiel, III, Erin Paulhardt, Kristopher Vail, Lauren Jamiel, Erik Paulhardt, Jr., Mathew Vail, Luke Jamiel



Caroline Cowart, London Camello, Gabriel Vail, Elizabeth Cowart, Maguire Camello, Mylo Vail, Alexandra Cowart, Parker Camello, Bryce Bunting, Kasey Morello, Ella Vail, Chase Bunting, Abbey Morello, Molly Vail, Addelyn Guenette


Arrangements are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, where family will receive friends Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Warren Baptist Church, Main Street. Burial with full military honors follows in the South Burial Ground, Warren.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Shriners of Rhode Island Charities Trust, One Rhodes Place, Cranston RI 02905.  For full details on the life of Major General (Ret) Jamiel, visit

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