Deputy Grand Master – The Grand Lodge of Virginia

Deputy Grand MasterDouglas Vernon Jones was born in Richmond, Virginia, on October 4. He graduated from Deep Creek High School and attended courses at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He started his professional career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and held several professional support positions in field office operations at the FBI Headquarters and the Columbia, Norfolk and Richmond Divisions and temporary assignments in Tampa, Florida, Jackson, Mississippi and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was the recipient of numerous awards and recognition and retired in 2010 with thirty-five years of service. Since his retirement, Brother Jones has worked part-time for The Bennett Funeral Homes.

Brother Jones was made a Master Mason in Metropolitan Lodge No. 11 on April 2, 2002, where he is a Life Member in Perpetuity and served as its Worshipful Master in 2007 and as Treasurer from 2010 to 2014. He is a member of Washington and Henry Lodge No. 344. He was District Deputy Grand Master in Masonic District No. 15A in 2013. He previously served on the Grand Lodge Committee on Membership and Committee on Security, as well as serving as a Lodge Services Representative. He received the Grand Master’s Award of Excellence in 2013. He was elected Grand Senior Deacon in November 2015.

He is a member of the Valley of Richmond, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was invested Knight Commander Court of Honour in 2009. He is Past Commander of the Richmond Council Knights Kadosh and is currently an officer in the Lodge of Perfection. He is a 1st Lieutenant in the Scottish Rite Guard and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center since 2010. He is a past director of the Scottish Rite Foundation Board. He holds membership in the Royal Order of Scotland and the Acca Shrine Center, where he is a member of the Past Masters Club, and Richmond Court No. 16, Royal Order of Jesters.

Brother Jones has also been very active in the community. He is a Past President of the Norfolk Jaycees. Within the Virginia Jaycees he served as District Director and Community Development Vice-President. He is a Life Member in the Virginia Jaycees and a Jaycee International Senator, and United States Jaycee Ambassador. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and a former member of the International Azalea Festival Committee, the City of Norfolk’s salute to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Columbia Rotary Club. Brother Jones worked part-time work for The Bennett Funeral Home from 2010 through 2015. In 1981, he was listed among the Outstanding Young Men of America.

Brother Jones is married to the former Frances Elizabeth Cullison. They are active members of They are active members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. In his leisure time, Brother Jones is an avid reader and enjoys research and writing on various topics.