Jack Kenneth Jones
September 24, 1929 ‒ April 09, 2015
Formerly of Haysi, Virginia
A man of strong Christian faith and one of the sweetest people you could ever know, Jack Kenneth Jones, of Edison, went into the loving arms of Jesus, Thursday evening, April 9, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 85 years old.
On September 24, 1929, Jack was born in Haysi, Virginia, one of thirteen children of the late Samuel and Buna May (Pierce) Jones. He was the first in his family to graduate at Haysi High School in the class of 1950.
Shortly following graduation, Jack enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army from December 10, 1950 through November 28, 1952, a veteran of the Korean conflict.
In search of work, Jack moved to Edison, Ohio, to work at the HPM Corporation for 5 years. After being laid off, he went to General Motors in Mansfield, where he retired from after 32 years in 1987.
Having a green thumb, Jack loved gardening, where he would work out all of life’s frustrations. He also loved feeding the birds, working on lawn mowers for his friends and bicycles for the children of the neighborhood. He was a great handyman for the older ladies and he kept the pop machine at Korner Klippers Salon going and all the needed repairs fixed. Walking the railroad and waving to the engineer was a daily joy of his life. He cherished taking his grandchildren fishing and he and the family all loved going to North Carolina to the beach. He loved going to reunions, whether it was class reunions, Haysi to Ohio reunions, and family reunions, both his and Mary Faye’s. He never knew a stranger, because he wasn’t bashful and would always go up to people and ask their name and where they were from. He’d say, “if you don’t ask you won’t learn anything.” He was the original mint man, always giving mints out to his family and friends…and any woman who crossed his path. He also loved going to Seniors on Center to enjoy their Monday night music.
He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Mary Faye Jones of Edison, whom he married on June 25, 1965; three children: Jennifer (Bob) Palmer, Jacquelyn (Mark Wiseman) Jones, and James (Ivy) Jones, all three of Mount Gilead; four grandchildren: Lyndsey Blevins, Indie, Asia and Eliot Jones; three step-grandchildren: Rich and Brian Forrest, and Billy Palmer; five siblings: Dorothy Hickman, Shelby (Dave) Murphy, Tony (Wanda) Jones, Walter (Penny) Jones, and Greg (Jean) Jones; a sister-in-law, Lucille Jones; and numerous nieces, nephews and an abundance of special friends.
Including his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his son, Joel K. “Joey” Jones in 1987; his first wife, Patricia Lemley Jones; and eight siblings: Stanley, Conrad, Gerald, Johnny, Lowell and Gladys Jones, Patricia Stanford, and Kathleen Young.
His family will greet friends from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 12th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his life and his homegoing will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Monday, with Pastor Galen McLeod officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to US Renal Care or Heartland Hospice, and they may be sent to the funeral home.
His family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Dr. Kaka, Brian Preston and all of the nurses at US Renal Care in Delaware for giving him three more great years of life through your dialysis treatments, to Heartland Hospice for their tender care of Jack in his final days, and to the Wiseman family for being there by their side every step of the way.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Jack’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.