1989-2000 William Marion Hutcheson Resolution by C. Danny Wofford, 33rd, PGM

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Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite

Of Freemasonry

For the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America

Orient of Georgia

Valley of Atlanta

Illustrious William Marion Hutcheson, 33˚

Past Sovereign Grand Inspector General

Orient of Georgia

A Resolution of Respect

WHEREAS, the Officers and members of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Atlanta, Orient of Georgia, desire to record their deepest sorrow at the death on March 25, 2010 of their dear friend and Masonic Brother



Who served the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Orient of Georgia, Valley of Atlanta with distinction. He also served all Masonic bodies, his community, state and country exceedingly well, and in so doing, made a lasting and indelible impression upon our lives. He gave willingly of himself for the betterment of our fraternity; often going far and above what might be expected to perform what he perceived to be his responsibility. We are privileged to have been blessed by his friendship and his untiring devotion in serving the Craft.


Illustrious Brother Hutcheson was born in Haralson County, Georgia, Draketown Community, on November 30, 1920, the son of the late Willard D. and Ruby Hutcheson. As a young man he married Miss Anne Beatrice Finch. Their union was blessed with two children; Carole Ann and William Tommy.  The Hutcheson’s later enjoyed four grandchildren as a part of the family. The grandchildren are here listed by their present names:

Dr. Elizabeth Anne Anderson, Diane Faye Williams, Suzanne Anderson, and Reverend Andrew Dressler.

And then came the great grandchildren: Samuel and Timber Anderson, Spencer, Palmer and Cooper Williams, Dean and Jay Anderson, and River and Autumn Dressler; nine in all.

Illustrious Brother Bill and Anne were married for 62 years preceding her death on March 6, 2005.


Brother Bill was educated in the Public Schools of Haralson and Polk Counties and the United States Army College Extension Services. He served with distinction in the United States Army from 1941-1961, and retired with the rank of Captain. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division (paratrooper) and was a graduate of the first training class. He served in Europe with the 101st during the Second World War and with the 3rd Airborne Ranger Company during the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the 10th Special Forces Group. Our Brother was wounded in action in 1944 in Holland and again in 1951 in Korea. He received numerous commendations and awarded two Purple Heart medals.


After retiring from military service, Brother Hutcheson was employed as a Financial Manager (Comptroller) with the United States Civil Service from which he also retired.


Brother Bill was a member of St. Philip United Methodist Church and was Past President of the Church’s Men’s Club. He later affiliated with the First United Methodist Church of Rockmart.


He was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in 1960 in Rockmart Lodge No. 97. He later became a member of Peachtree Lodge No. 732 and served as Worshipful Master in 1973. He served as Worshipful Master of the Fifth Masonic District. He was a member of Mt. Zion Chapter No. 16, Royal Arch Masons and served as High Priest of the Chapter. He was a member and Past Illustrious Master of Jason Burr Council No. 13, Royal and Select Masters, and a member and Past Commander of Coeur De Lion Commandery No. 4, Knights Templar.

In 1983 Brother Hutcheson served as Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Georgia, Royal Arch Masons. He was also the 1983 Recipient of the Knights Templar Cross of Honor. Brother Hutcheson received numerous York Rite honors and was made Grand Commander (Honorary) and Most Illustrious Grand Master (Honorary).


On October 25, 1983, at the 179th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, Brother Hutcheson was appointed Third Grand Steward regularly advancing through the chairs to his election as Most Worshipful Grand Master on October 23, 1990. He served his Brethren with dignity and honor and did much for the advancement of our fraternity as Grand Master.

A member of the Atlanta Scottish Rite Bodies, Brother Hutcheson served as Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection and also as President of the Cobb County Scottish Rite Association. He was Chairman of the Scottish Rite Foundation of Georgia, Inc. for a number of years and also served as a Director of the Scottish Rite Medical Center, Inc. (Now Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta). Brother Bill served Scottish Rite in so many ways that neither space nor time permits further expansion other than to say he was Invested with the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1969 and Coroneted a 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary in 1975. On August 18, 1989 he was appointed Deputy of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was Crowned as an Active Member of the Supreme Council and Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Orient of Georgia on October 18, 1989. At the time of his retirement from the Supreme Council as SGIG he had served with great distinction for eleven years.


Brother Hutcheson was always interested in the progress of our youth groups and was a recipient of the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor. Brother Bill also served as a Deputy of the Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay.


Our Brother was a member of many appendant and concordant organizations of Freemasonry. He was a member and Past Prior of Cherokee Rose Priory No. 56, Knights of the York Cross of Honour, St. Ambrose Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine (Past Sovereign), Upper Room Tabernacle XLV, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest (Past Preceptor), Luther G. Palmer York Rite College No. 123 (Past Governor and Order of the Purple Cross recipient), Tall Cedars of Lebanon (Past Tall Cedar), Khorassan Grotto, Yaarab Shrine, Royal Order of Scotland,

Allied Masonic Degrees, S.R.I.C.F. (8th Grade), C.B.C.S. (Knights Beneficent), and many others.


To sum up a Brother’s life in a few brief words is impossible. Brother Bill Hutcheson was an outstanding humanitarian; serving God, loving his Family, serving his Country, and contributing to his Community. He can be aptly and simply described as “A GREAT AMERICAN AND A GREAT GEORGIAN.”

All who had the privilege of knowing Brother Hutcheson could not help admiring his many fine qualities and the “level of equality” with which he met each person; Mason and Non-Mason alike. He was a treasured friend and we will miss him greatly; his course is completed and he now rests from his earthly labors. We also know in our hearts that he has heard the welcome words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Officers and Members of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Atlanta, hereby gives formal expression of its grievous loss in the death of Illustrious Brother William Marion Hutcheson, 33˚, and does hereby note in its records the passing from this life a man who was indeed esteemed by his fellow Masons, loved by his friends and respected by all.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be made a part of the Minutes of this meeting held on Thursday, August 5, 2010, and that a copy be tendered to his family as a humble expression of the Scottish Rite’s heartfelt sympathy in its bereavement.


C. Danny Wofford, 33º



“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

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Be courteous to all but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence; true friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter, Jan. 15, 1783

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