Most Excellent Grand High Priest
|Biography: James D. Baccus was born in Teague, Texas on July 24, 1926, and was educated in the Public Schools of Teague and Sulphur Springs, graduating from Sulphur Springs High School. Served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He married Bettye Zeve Schoenfeld of Fort Worth. There are four children, three daughters and one son, and ten grandchildren. Retired from the Port Terminal Railroad Association after 42 years of service.
Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on May 2, 1956 in Park Place Lodge No. 1172, A.F. & A.M. Served as Worshipful Master 1963-1964. District Deputy Grand Master in 1974, Grand Tiler of the Grand Lodge in 1976. Elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Texas Masons on December 4, 1982. Has served as Secretary of Park Place Lodge No. 1172, A.F. & A.M. since 1972. Presented a Life Certificate of Proficiency by Committee on Work, December 1981. Served as Regional Coordinator for the Grand Masterís Regional Conference Region 4 for six years. Presently serving on the Committee on Grand Officerís Reports of the Grand Lodge of Texas. Plural Member of Rosenberg Lodge No. 881, Clear Lake Lodge No. 1417 and J.W. Chandler Daylight Lodge No. 1452.
Exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Park Place Chapter No. 458, R.A.M. on April 26, 1957. Dual Member of Will N. Kidd Chapter No. 424, R.A.M. Served as High Priest 1968-1969 and District Deputy Grand High Priest in 1971. Served 20 years on the Credentials Committee. Appointed Grand Representative to Germany near the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas in 1974. Received the Order of High Priesthood in December 1969. Elected Right Excellent Grand King on December 8, 1987 and was elected Most Excellent Grand High Priest on December 5, 1989.
Greeted a Royal and Select Master in Park Place Council No. 373, R.&S.M. on April 26, 1957, Dual Member of San Jacinto Council No. 347, R.&S.M. Served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 1968-1969. Appointed Grand Representative of North Carolina near the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas in 1971. Served as District Deputy Grand Master in 1972. Received the Super Excellent Masters Degree in 1957 and the Order of the Silver Trowel in 1969. Served as Grand Marshal in 1972.
Knighted in Park Place Commandery No. 106, K.T. on November 23, 1957. Served as Commander in 1967 and Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas in 1977-1978.
Became a member of the Houston Scottish Rite Bodies on November 2, 1963. Invested with the K.C.C.H. on October 31, 1969, Coroneted a 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary on November 19, 1975. Past Master of Kadosh of Houston Consistory and served two years as General Membership Chairman. Appointed Chairman Sovereign Grand Inspector Generalís Advisory Conference on July 26, 1988.
Initiated a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, Arabia Temple, May 14, 1960. Served as Potentate in 1988. Member of the Past Masterís Association and the Shrine Patrol.
Other Memberships, Orders and Honors are: Life Member and Past Prior of the Texas Priory No. 23, Knight York Cross of Honour. Life Member and Past Preceptor of Resurrection Tabernacle No. 21, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests. Past Sovereign of St. Austin Conclave Red Cross of Constantine and a Dual Member with San Jacinto Conclave, Houston, Texas. Member of the Gulf Coast York Rite College No. 106, Houston, Texas. Member of the Royal Order of Scotland, Life Member of Chinar Grotto. Member of the Texas Lodge of Research and the Philalethes Society. Invested with the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor and the Cross of Honor. Received the Grand Cross of Color from the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.