William Davis McCalip

March 4, 1876–?

Worshipful Brother William Davis McCalip, M.D., (Worshipful Master in 1906) was a successful physician in Cleveland and Yazoo City. He was born in Copiah County, Mississippi, on March 4, 1876, of William Thomas (1849–1930) and Martha Cornelia Davis McCalip (1854–1919). His father, William, was from Lincoln County, and was a successful farmer in Brookhaven. His mother, Martha, was a daughter of William F. Davis, who was a Confederate soldier and a relative of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. William D.'s grandfather was a soldier of the Continental line in the Revolutionary War. He received his first college degree from Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College in Starkville, then received his M.D. from Louisville Medical College in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 25, 1897. He worked first as an intern in the Mississippi State charity hospital in Vicksburg. He then practiced in Roxie, MS, and on November 20, 1899, he relocated to Cleveland, Mississippi, where he was met with success. On February 25, 1900, he married Lela Noble, daughter of John W. Noble, of Harriston, Mississippi. He had one child in 1904, Mabel Josephine, who died in 1908 at three years of age. While in Cleveland, he was one of the first petitioners for beginning a Lodge in Cleveland. He served as Senior Deacon while the Lodge was under dispensation, and as Senior Warden in 1905. In 1906, he became Worshipful Master of the Lodge. Not long after his term, he moved to Yazoo City, where he continued to practice medicine.


Dunbar Rowland, ed. Mississippi: Contemporary Biography (1907). p. 541–542.