John Edward Jones, Jr., 92, of Sweetwater, TN passed away Monday, May 20, 2019. Mr. Jones was born December 21, 1926 in Gallup, Kentucky to the late John E. Jones, Sr. and Opal Elizabeth Miller Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ramey Kenneth Jones and James M. Jones.
He is survived by his wife, Nena G. Jones; four daughters, Anita (Henry) Thomas, Jerilynn R. Heskett, Jonda L. Vance, and Dana R. (Richard) Rogers; one brother, Ulysses “Liss” (Opal) Jones; one sister, Mary Ellen (James) Fitzpatrick; two step-daughters, Debra Paine and Linda Collins; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Jones was a man that loved God, his country, and his family. He never spoke a harsh word about anyone. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky Teacher’s College in 1949 with a degree in Agriculture. He later went on to teach Agriculture services in Lawrence County. Mr. Jones was a World War II veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and after active duty, he joined the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was a retired Navy Reservist Aircraft Mechanic, member of the First Baptist Church of Sweetwater and a Kentucky Colonel. He was a member of Samuel S. Lawrence Lodge #721 F&AM, James E. Sledge Daylight Lodge #742, and Tellico Lodge #80 F&AM.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Louisa, KY. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Friends may visit the family on Tuesday, May 28 after 10:00 AM at Wilson Funeral Home. All care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.