"Hey! That's My Neighbor" aims to bring light to many of the hard working and selfless people from around the Ohio Valley. Whether it be their job to do so, or just the charitable nature of someone, attention should be given to those who put others in front of personal needs. To many small towns of the surrounding area, the power doesn't always come in numbers - it comes from individuals who see things differently and strive to create a better environment for the greater good. Resources of bigger cities tend to the needs of people on a larger scale; for smaller cities and areas, it takes people like this month's honoree to keep things running smoothly.
This month's "Hey! That's My Neighbor" honoree was nominated by Richard Dolan. His nomination, David Jones of Flushing, is a lifetime resident of Belmont County. David was born and raised in Barnesville where he attended and graduated high school at Barnesville High School.
Today, David, is one of the key parts of the operation of the Belmont County fair. Since he began to help, the fair has switched venues, grown and modernized.
David Jones is February’s “Hey!?That’s my neighbor” honoree. Jones was nominated by his friend Richard Dolan because “he is very involved in the community and does it all for the people around him.”
"David has been involved with the fair for years, whether it be fundraising for the coming year or when we switched to a new venue," explained Dolan. "He starts helping prepare months before anyone has even thought of going to the fair. He is very involved in the community and does it all for the people around him."
Jones' wife, Grace, reflected the same selfless explanation of her husband. "David always looks for ways he can get involved in the community. He really enjoys being busy all the time and having the opportunity to help anyone around him."
So when you're thinking about heading out to the new fairgrounds near the Carnes Center for the first time this year, chances are David has been there for several months leading up to it. "David does anything from cut grass to clear land - pretty much anything that needs some manpower, he is right there offering to help in any way that he can," Dolan acknowledged.
In addition to his work with the fair, David is also an auctioneer, which proves to be quite helpful in terms of fundraising. Many times he will volunteer his time at auctions to benefit charity or an organization. He also owns an auction house in Flushing to conduct some of these auctions. "He's been running auctions for as long as I've known him. I lend a hand with what I can, but Danny (Waller) really helps him out," said Grace.
"Sometimes it's for a person getting rid of some things, sometimes it's for charity - he really has all kinds of things come through. Of course, for estate sales, he will move some things to the auction house and run it there. He really enjoys it all and the whole process," she continued.
When David isn't donating his time to others, he is a 35- plus year member of the East Richland Evangelical Friends Church in St. Clairsville where he also helps out when he can.
He is also an active Christian Soldier, which is a non profit organization geared towards helping out area entities through some very well known men, judges and lawyers from throughout Belmont County.
When asking his wife what he prefers to do when he has some down time for fun, she replies, "Well, obviously, he works and is involved in church. I guess when he has free time, he works around our farm. He really just likes to work. That is his fun. We like to go out and eat and things like that when we can."
David has five children, Mike, Dan, Crystal, David and a late son. When the holiday comes around, he has 10 grandchildren running about. "Aside from working, he has family and things to do around where we live, and being active in the community," added Grace.
"He really loves to make everything around him better, without any recognition. That's kind of just what he does."
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Do you know someone who goes out of his or her way to help others??Has someone supported or helped you out in your time of need? If so, we want to hear from you! Send your name and phone number, the nominee's name and phone number and the reason for their nomination to Shaunna Dunder Hershberger, The Times Leader, 200 S. Fourth St., Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org