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Masonic Biography of James H. Fairchild, Most Excellent Grand High Priest

James H. Fairchild has been happily married to Dorothy Creel Fairchild for 57 years. They have one daughter Jennifer (John) Fouts who is a Nurse Practitioner, and Son-in-law John is an Engineer. They have two beautiful grandchildren of whom they are extremely proud. Abigail is a Senior in High School and is planning on going to a Major College in the fall. Owen is in the eighth grade, and both are very active in dance and sports. Dorothy is a great Mee-Maw for our grandchildren. Dorothy’s birthday is May 14, and our Anniversary date is June 11, 1965.

Jim joined Freemasonry on March 15, 1985, as a Master Mason at Farmland Lodge #308. He was the Worshipful Master in 2004. Jim joined New Castle Lodge #91 on Nov. 4, 2004, as a dual member, and was elected the Worshipful Master in 2006. In 2007, Jim was elected the Treasurer and is still in that position today. Jim is an honorary member in 24 Blue Lodges and is very proud of that honor. Jim received his 2000 Point total as an Ultimate Master Ritualist in 2009 and was pinned by the Most Worshipful Grand Master at Founders Day in January of 2010.

Jim joined York Rite in 2011 and received his four degrees at Prather All Day Class in May of 2011. He received his Council degrees at Anderson Council #69 in 2012 and received his Knights Templar Orders at Indianapolis Grand Lodge Building, the Red Cross and Malta, the Order of the Temple at Bray Commandery in Mooresville in June 2012. He was the High Priest at Middletown Chapter #143 in 2013. Jim received the Ritualist Medal in 2013 by the General Grand Chapter International, presented to him by Larry Gray Past Grand High Priest, Past General Grand High Priest, and current General Grand Secretary International. Jim also received the Distinguished Companion Medal in 2013 by the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Indiana, it was presented to him by Dave Wood Most Excellent Grand High Priest, when he was in Middletown Chapter #143 doing the Principal Sojourner in the Royal Arch Degree. Jim joined York Rite at Greenfield in 2014 and was the Illustrious Master in 2017 at Greenfield Council #94. He was the Eminent Commander in 2018 at Greenfield Commandery #39 and was the High Priest in 2019 at Greenfield Chapter #96. Jim also received the Ritualist Bar Medal, Pilgrim Level from Grand Commandery, presented by George Ingles Past Most Worshipful Grand Master and Past Grand Commander in 2020.

Other Appendant Bodies:

  • Marvin L. Isley York Rite College #129 at Franklin- Officer- Preceptor, Lecturer. (Gold Honor Award)
  • Robert A. Woods Priory No. 62 Knight York Cross of Honor at Nashville- Officer- Orator
  • St. Basil Conclave-Red Cross of Constantine, Lafayette- Lecturer, Officer
  • Yeoman of York- Indianapolis Preceptory No. 4-Officer
  • Knights of Pythias- Life Time Member, a Fraternal Organization based on Friendship, Charity and Benevolence.
  • High Twelve International, Local Chapter #699 (Muncie) (Past President)

Driver for Shriner’s Hospital for Children. (Madison County Shrine Club) for four years. Note: After 5 surgeries for Glaucoma in his left eye in 2020, he is not permitted to drive anymore, and this was something that he totally enjoyed doing.

Jim is also a plural member of Indiana Chapter #1845 U. D. and became a member of the Indiana Council of Anointed High Priest in 2013. He is also a member of Indiana Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters in 2017 and has received the Super Excellent Master degree. Jim is also a member of the Indiana Past Commander’s Association in 2018. Also, Jim is a long-time member of Bartimaeus U.D. for the Grand Lodge, which gives those who are handicapped an opportunity to be a Mason.

Most recently, Jim received his degree of Holy Royal Arch/Knight Templar Priest, St. Andrew Tabernacle XXXV, on December 11, 2021, at the Season’s Hotel in Nashville.

Jim received the York Rite SOVEREIGN COLLEGE SERVICE AWARD on March 5th, 2022.

Jim was appointed as Grand Lecturer of the Grand Chapter in 2015-16 by Grand High Priest Martin Evens. Serving as Grand Master of the 2nd Veil in 2016-17, elected as Excellent Grand Royal Arch Captain in 2017-18, skipped the office of Excellent Grand Principal Sojourner, and was elected as the Excellent Grand Captain of the Host in 2018-19, elected Grand Scribe in 2019-20, and currently serving two terms due to COVID 19, as the Grand King in 2020 – 2022.

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