Jones receives 50-year Masonic pin

Masonic 50-year pin ... Shown, from left, is: Maxine Jones, pin recipient Ralph “Shorty” Jones,” District Master Kenny Ireland and Philip Lodge Master Larry Smith.

Ralph D. "Shorty" Jones, Midland, was presented his 50-year pin during the monthly Masonic meeting in Philip, Wednesday, March 16.

Jones was initiated as an Entered Apprentice March 6, 1961, passed the degree of Fellowcraft April 3, 1961, and was raised to Master Mason May 8, 1961. Through the years, Jones performed the duties of junior warden in 1965, was senior warden in 1966 and in 1979, and was master of the lodge in 1967 and in 1980.

Philip lodge member Doug Thorson said, "Charity is simply making the world a better place because you have been in it. I have no idea how many hours, and how much out of pocket, you have donated to Masons. I am sure that all men who stood with you or against you honored your dignity."

District Master Kenny Ireland said, "He has shown by everyday life what a Mason should be. He is an example for all of us."

Jones said, "My dad was a faithful lodge member. The Midland lodge was formed by my wife, Maxine's, great uncle. From when it was formed in 1917, Midland had a real active lodge, that is before the area started running out of people. Then, we had two meetings a month, which changed to one a month." Jones then told of some of the history of the Midland lodge, including its 50-year anniversary in 1967. The Midland Lodge #183 eventually closed and has been affiliated with Philip Lodge #153.

His pin was put on his lapel by his wife. Jones also received a pocket certificate, "so if you want to brag to anyone, you can," said Ireland.