By John Veasey
Times West Virginian
A Fairmont man has been named Shriner of the Year for the Upper Monongahela Valley.
And he has given the Shriners 40 years of service because they helped his son in a time of great need.
Robert “Bob” Jones joined the Shriners in 1974 and became president of the club in 1976. He is presently an emeritus member of the board. But over the years he has signed up many members to be helped by the Shriners hospital system.
Jones says his son— Russell Vance Jones, but they call him “Rusty” — was accepted as a patient in the pilot program for the Myro Electric Hand in 1969 in the Shriners hospital in Philadelphia. For 16 years and five operations, the young boy who was born without his left hand was treated by the Shriners organization,
“It was the first time the Shriners had ever gotten involved in that program,” Jones says.