He was a native of Lincoln County and served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He later retired from Wilton Corporation following more than thirty years of service. He also worked for Franklin County Waste management. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union and Oak Grove Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Vera Smith Jones and his father, Elmer Andrew Jones; a brother Eli Jones.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Willene Shockley Jones of Belvidere; daughter, Debbie Jones Smith of Belvidere; sons, Joe Steven Jones and Jeff Jones, both of Belvidere, Barry (Brenda) Jones of Fayetteville; Jason (Ashley) Jones of Hillsboro; sisters, Wilma Foster of Fayetteville, Linda (Bill) Poarch, also of Fayetteville, Jean Jackson of Belvidere; brothers, Earl Jones of Fayetteville, Ray (Becky) Jones of Belvidere; grandchildren Christina Smith (Pete) Sirten, Larry (Brandie) Smith, Nicolas Smith, James Morris, Sheena (David) Thompson, Christopher Smith, Gregory (Leslie) Jones, Savanna Jones, Holly Jones and Miranda White; great-grandchildren, Abriella Hershman and Carson Thompson.
The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home at 4 p.m. Friday August 17, 2012.
Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Flintville with friends and family members serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-9 and Friday evening 4-9 at Watson-North Funeral Home.
Watson-North Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.