Judith A. Jones at age 92 passed peacefully on August 17, 2014, at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia-Flagler in the Sprint Championship Suite, an appropriate setting considering her long association with auto racing. Born June 10, 1922, in Anderson, Indiana she graduated from Anderson High School and attended Indiana University. Judith married once. Her husband, Roy J. Eggman, one of our nation's Greatest Generation, was shot down over Europe and served as a POW. She remained a life-long member of The Eighth Air Force maintaining contact with survivors and even visited the "Mighty 8th" Museum in Savannah, Georgia. In 1951, she moved to Daytona Beach and resided locally since. Having completed secretarial education at Mary Karl Vocational Center, Judy was there at the very beginning of NASCAR, becoming executive assistant to William H. G. France. A wonderful career of over 20 years with NASCAR was followed by a second successful one with Key Realty. In 2009, Judith was honored by The Living Legends of Auto Racing. She maintained a keen interest in NASCAR and tuned in every weekend to cheer on her favorite drivers. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (Don) Roman; four grandchildren, Melanie (Bob) Stagnaro, Andrew (Lara) Wakeman, Patrick (Jessica) Roman and Rachael Roman; six great-grand-children; cousin Richard Talton; and extended family, Dr. Peter Wakeman and Wendy Zemball, as well as her beloved cat, Mister. Judy was a strong woman, active and alert to the end; she will be greatly missed. The family encourages those who wish to celebrate the life of this special woman to consider donations to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia-Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 27, 2014