William Green Proctor was born in Dixon County, Tennessee, on December 26, 1901.
Brother Proctor moved to Texas at the age of fourteen and settled with the family at Emory, Texas, in 1915. In 1926, he moved to McKinney, Texas, established a business for himself and has been in that town ever since.
In 1921 Brother Proctor married Willie Susie Bass at Paris, Texas, and they have two sons, Loey Preston Proctor, L.C.D.R., Navy Air Corps, Berkeley, Calif., and Reverend William Howell Proctor of Dallas.
He is a member of the Central Presbyterian U. S. A. Church.
Brother Proctor was raised as a Master Mason in St. Johns Lodge No. 51 in McKinney on February 21, 1936, and served as Worshipful Master in 1939-40, and again in 1949-50. He was Treasurer of this Lodge in 1940-45.
He served as Grand Junior Steward in 1941, Grand Senior Deacon in 1953, and was District Deputy Grand Master in 1944. Other Grand Lodge offices he has held are: Memorials Committee 1949-51; Petitions No. 1 Committee 1952; Committee on Work 1954-57; Grand Junior Warden 1958; Grand Senior Warden 1959, and Deputy Grand Master in 1960. He served on the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home and School in 1960 and 1961. He was elected Grand Master of Masons, December 8, 1960.
He has served through successive offices of Haggai Chapter and Council in McKinney, and McKinney Commandery No. 34. In addition he has served as District Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, and Grand Visitor of the Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Texas. Other York Rite honors include Knights of the York Cross of Honour, Order of High Priesthood, Super Excellent Master and Order of Silver Trowel. He is an Honorary member of Chinar Grotto of Houston. He is a member of the Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies and a 33° Inspector General Honorary. A member of Red Cross of Constantine, Fort Worth and Hella Shrine, Dallas.
In addition to his extensive Masonic work, Brother Proctor has found time to work for the good of his community, having served as President of the McKinney Lions Club, Director of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and a Director of the McKinney Retail Merchants Association.
Brother Proctor selected as his theme for the year, AWAKEREDEDICATE. He has forcibly impressed upon all Masons the great need of rededicating themselves to God, their homes, their churches, their schools and to their fellow man. He has asked them to live up to the high ideals of our fathers and mothers and the great teachings of Freemasonry in order that the freedom of man might continue to bless all humanity. He suggested that to rededicate themselves they should “get down on your knees, at your home, church, business, on the banks of the creek, or any other place, and promise God that you will live up to the teachings of our fathers and mothers, our churches and of Freemasonry. Then live those principles each day.”
The Masons of Texas are indeed fortunate to have a man of the character of William G. Proctor as their leader in 1961 and his timely words will remain with us in the years ahead.