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Grand Master of Masons in Virginia

James Winfield Golladay, Jr.

176th Grand Master of Masons in Virginia

James Winfield Golladay, Jr. was born in Winchester, Virginia, on September 1. He graduated from James Wood High School in 1963 and completed post-graduate work at Randolph-Macon Academy in 1964. He graduated from Ferrum Junior College in 1966 with an Associate of Arts Degree and later attended the University of Richmond, School of Business until returning to Stephens City to manage the family retail lumber business. Following his father’s passing, he became President of the business and operated it until 1993. He is now engaged in the Real Estate business as Property Manager for Crum Realty, Inc. in Winchester.

Brother Golladay was made a Master Mason in Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21 on March 5, 1968, where he is an honorary member and served as its Worshipful Master in 1976 and as Secretary since 2005. He was District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 3 in 2008. He was the Grand Purveyor in 2014. He served on the Board of Governors of the Masonic Home of Virginia for six years. He was elected Grand Junior Deacon in November 2015 and was elected to the Office of Grand Master in 2021.

Brother Golladay served as Worshipful Master of Spurmont Lodge No. 98 in 2011 and holds membership in Eureka Lodge No. 195, Virginia Research Lodge No. 1777, Civil War Research Lodge No. 1865, and A. Douglas Smith, Jr. Research Lodge No. 1949. He is a member of the Valley of Martinsburg, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was invested Knight Commander Court of Honour in 2004 and coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 2009. He is a Past High Priest of John Dove Royal Arch Chapter No. 21 and Past District Deputy Grand High Priest of Capitular District 15; Past Illustrious Master of Triangle Council No. 3 and Past Illustrious Grand Master, District of Columbia, Cryptic Masons; Past Commander of Winchester Commandery No. 12, Past District Deputy Grand Commander of Chivalric District 4, Department Commander, Mid-Atlantic Department (2015-2018), Grand Encampment, Knights Templar; Past Governor of Commonwealth York College No. 50, Past Preceptor of Robert V. Hines Chapter (DC) and Virginia Chapter, Sovereign Order of Knight Preceptor; Past Puissant Sovereign of Shenandoah Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; Past Excellent Chief of Virginia Council No 12 and King Darius Council No. 17, Knight Masons; Past Sovereign Master of Hartley Carmichael Council No. 3, George Washington Council No. 106, Martinsburg Council No. 359, and HAFOVA Council No. 442, Allied Masonic Degrees; and Life Member of Old Dominion Chapter No. 364, National Sojourners. He holds membership in the Virginia College Societas Rosicruciana, the Royal Order of Scotland and numerous other Appendant Masonic Bodies. He was a recipient of the Outstanding District Deputy Grand Master Award in 2007 – 2008, the Order of the Purple Cross from the York Rite Sovereign College of North America and the Charles Augustus Grice Merit Award from the Grand Commandery of Virginia. Brother Golladay is a Past Master Councilor of C. Vernon Eddy Chapter and a fifty-two member and the recipient of the Order of Chevalier, Legion of Honor, Distinguished Service and Representative DeMolay Awards.

Brother Golladay has also been very active in the community. Within Frederick County, he is a Past Chairman of the Frederick County Planning Commission and the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission. He is an active member of the Winchester Shawnee Lions Club, the Historical Societies of Winchester-Frederick County and Berkley County, West Virginia and the American Philatelic Society. He is a life member of Stephens City United Methodist Church, where he has served as Chairman, Board of Trustees.

Brother Golladay is married to the former Susan McIntosh Porterfield of Charles Town, West Virginia, and they have two daughters, Anna McIntosh and Mary Isabelle and a son, James W. III, and two granddaughters.