Percy H. Williams

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Percy Harold Williams, PGM,
Percy Harold Williams, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1965-1966

Percy Harold Williams was born on September 27, 1903 in Stamps, Arkansas. His early education was in the public school in Stamps. He spent his early teen years in layout with the Louisiana and Arkansas Railway. He returned to education in 1921 to attend Arkansas State College. As an athlete he won letters in football, baseball, basketball and track. He was awarded a scholarship to Little Rock College in Little Rock, Arkansas. There his success in sports continued, and he was again awarded a scholarship, this time to the University of Detroit where he played football under Coach Gus Dorais for three years, winning letters in 1926 and in 1927. In 1928 he graduated from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering. After graduation, he worked continuously in engineering and construction work, and formed the firm of P.H. Williams & Son, Inc. General Contractor where he served as president.

On September 5, 1928, he married Grace Caroline Riggs. They were blessed with one son.

He was raised as a Master Mason on October 6, 1941 in University Lodge No. 482. He served his Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1950. He was also a member of Sojourners Chapter No. 164, R.A.M.; Monroe Council No. 1, R. & S.M.; a Past Commander of Highland Park Comandery No. 53, K.T.; a member of Detroit Consistory, Moslem Temple, Aries Grotto; and a Past Worthy Patron of Idylls of the Temple Chapter No. 465, O.E.S.

In addition, he belonged to Detroit Chapter No. 1, National Sojourners; Detroit York Rite College No. 1 which awarded him the Purple Cross; the Philalethes Society; and was an honorary member of twelve other Masonic bodies. He was Vice-President of the Metropolitan Masters’ Association in 1950; founder and first chairman of the Knights Templar Association of Detroit; Co-Chairman of the Starr Commonwealth Committee for the Grand Commandery, K.T. of Michigan; and Grand Representative near the Grand Lodge of Michigan for the Grand Lodges of Arkansas and El Salvador. He was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan on May 26, 1965.

He died on April 30, 1992.

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