Sethos Court No. 105 - Oasis of Winston-Salem - Desert of North Carolina Sethos Court No. 105 - Oasis of Winston-Salem - Desert of North Carolina

History of Sethos Court No. 105

On Wednesday evening, April 30, 1947, wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of Nobles of Sethos Temple #170 met at Brown’s Funeral Home, on 7th Street, to organize Sethos Club and receive information on procedures for setting up a Court.  Noble Clark S. Brown, the appointed Advisor who later became our first Illustrious Advisor, was designated to preside and hold election of temporary officers as follows:  President-Mrs. Thelma Critten Cobb, Vice President-Mrs. Dorothy Mitchell, Secretary-Mrs. Cornetta Hawkins, Treasurer-Mrs. Mollie Poag. Meetings continued at Brown’s Funeral Home and later at Pythian Hall, at 7th and Chestnut Streets.



Charter Members

Thelma Critten Cobb - Illustrious Commandress (President)

Dorothy Mitchell - Vice President – 1st Lt. Commandress

Cornetha Hawkins - Secretary

Mollie Poag - Treasurer

Mable Allen

Pauline Benbow

Marie Brown

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Grace Johnson

Petronell Jones

Bernice Murrell

Julia F. Quick


On July 30, 1947, members of Sethos Club were initiated by Khalif Court, No. 90 and thereafter known as Sethos Court No. 105. Sethos Temple gave an elaborate banquet at the Flamingo in honor of the new Daughters of the Order. The Charter was issued on August 16, 1947 with 13 Charter members. The black camel of Death has removed all Charter members.


 In 1953 Sethos Court and Temple were recognized for having more Imperial Officers than any other Court and Temple in the Desert of North Carolina. Sethos Court has had 42 Past Commandresses of which 16 are active, three are inactive and 23 are deceased.


Since 1961, the major fund raising project has been the Annual Queens’ Contest. We have had 42 Queens of Sethos Court.  Our First Queen was Dt. Sarah Grace Johnson. Dt. Vivian Kelly-Surratt represented the Court in the Centennial Queen Contest.  Our reigning Queen is Dt. Monica Funderburk.


Sethos Court and Sethos Temple have hosted 10 North Carolina Gala Days (excluding the Regional and Mid-Atlantic). The last two Gala Days in our Oasis were in 2000 and 2004.

On June 28, 1997 the Court held a 50th Anniversary Celebration Banquet.  June 7-8, 2002, Sethos Court held a 55th Anniversary Celebration honoring Daughters with 30 plus years of Service. In 2008 and 2009, Sethos Court was awarded Desert Court of the Year.  Dt. Marie Matthews was the first Directress of the Isiserettes Club chartered on March 27, 1999, and in 2001 under the leadership of Dt. Audrey Jones held their first Harvest Ball.



Past Imperial Deputy for the Oasis

Bernice Murrell - 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965

Doris Robinson - 1978 - 1988

Ruby Rogers - 1989

Josephine Jones - 1991-1993

Juanita Archie - 1994, 1995, 1996-1997

Thelma Cooper - 1998

Queen Cooper - 1999, 2002, 2003

Larn Dillard - 2000, 2001

Yvette Tolliver - 2004 – 2010

Ruby Charles - 2011-


Past Imperial Deputy for the Desert

Mollie Poag* - 1949 - 1966

Bernice Murrell* - 1966-1972

Doris Robinson - 1997


Past Elected Imperial Officers

Ruby L. Rogers, Imperial Recordress - 2004-2011


Past Appointed Imperial Officers

Bernice D. Murrell* - Imperial Regional Directress 1973

Wyvonia Attucks - Imperial Marshal 1997 – current

Carol Henry - Imperial Nurse