James McCrorry Willson, Jr., was born in Hale Center, Texas, on November 30, 1921, the son of James
M. Willson and Mavis L. Terry Willson. He attended the public schools of Floydada, and graduated with the BBA degree from Southern Methodist University in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946.
He married Anne O'Berry Newman of Cary, North Carolina in 1946; they had five children. Sir Knight Willson was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Floydada where he served in numerous lay capacities and was a member and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Methodist Home in Waco, Texas.
Active in community affairs, he has served three terms on the City Council of Floydada and two terms as Mayor. He served as President and District Governor of the Rotary Club; President of the Floydada Jaycees; Director of Floydada Chamber of Commerce and West Texas Chamber of Commerce; member Board of Directors and President of Floydada Development Company; served as Vice President, Commissioner and Executive Board Member of South Plains Council, Boy Scouts of America; Director of Texas Lumberman's Association and High Plains Research Foundation; Director of Methodist Hospital Board in Lubbock; member of Advisory Board of Small Business Administration; Past Commander and Adjutant of his America Legion Post. Active with the Boy Scouts of America, he was an Eagle Scout and received the Silver Beaver Award and Distinguished Eagle Award.
He was raised a Master Mason in 1947 in Floydada Lodge No. 712, where he served as Master. Right Worshipful Brother Willson was elected and installed as Most Worshipful Grand Master of Texas Masons for the Masonic Year 1981-1982.
He was exalted as a Royal Arch Mason 1947 in Floydada Chapter No. 227, where he served as High Priest. Very Excellent Companion Willson served as Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas in 1978.
He was greeted in Floydada Council No. 163, of Royal and Select Masters in 1947 where he served as Thrice Illustrious Master. Very Illustrious Brother Willison served as Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas in 1987.
Knighted in Plainview Commandery No. 53, K.T. in 1947, where he served as Commander. Sir Knight Willson served as Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Texas in 1973-1974.
He served the Grand Encampment as Right Eminent Department Commander during the 57th triennial (1985-1988), Trustee of the Permanent Fund (1997-1988 and 1997-2006), Right Eminent Grand Treasurer from 2006 to the present, and was elected a Most Eminent Honorary Past Grand Master in 2009.
He received the Scottish Rite Degrees in El Paso Valley, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in 1953 and was Coroneted a 33░ Inspector General Honorary in 1965.
Other National Masonic offices include: Grand Preceptor of The Grand College of America, HRAKTP, Supreme Magus of the High Council, SRICF, Grand Treasurer-General of the Convent General KYCH, Grand Treasurer of the Grand Council of AMD, Past Intendant General of the United Grand Imperial Council of the Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine, Grand Governor of Texas and Regent of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. Also, a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, Order of the Eastern Star, and a Shriner.
Sir Knight Willson laid down his sword and entered the Supreme Asylum above on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Arrangements for J.M. Jimmy Willson, Jr.
Visitation: Wednesday, April 13th, 5:00-7:00PM at Moore-Rose Funeral Home, 329 W. California, Floydada, TX 79235, 806-983-2525
Representation of Grand Lodge: Thursday, April 14th, 9:00 AM, Floydada Lodge No. 712, 130 W. Mississippi, Floydada, TX 79235, 806-777-1078
Masonic Graveside Services: Thursday, April 14th, 10:00 AM, Floyd City Memorial Park, Hwy 207, (north of town.)
Memorial Service, Thursday, April 14th, 11:30 AM, First Baptist Church, 401 South Main Street, Floydada, TX 79235, 806-983-3755