Charles Eugene Jones Sr.

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Funeral service for Lt. Col. Charles Eugene Jones Sr. (Ret.), 81, of Saks will be 10 a.m., Friday, January 9, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Saks with Dr. Randy Postell officiating. A private family burial will follow at the Alabama National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Gray Brown-Service. Survivors include, wife, Edith Jennette Johnson Jones; daughter, Donna Jones LaMond (Marc); son, Charles E. Jones Jr. (Dorothy); sisters, Bertie Jean Randolph (Wendell) and Patsy Ann Foster (Ronnie); grandchildren, Melissa Barret LaMond, Sarah Michelle LaMond, John Taylor LaMond, Joshua Browning Jones, and Caleb Austen Jones; aunt, Katherine Jordan Eastridge (Al); numerous nieces and nephews; and special yorkie friend, Cricket. Preceded in death by, father, Grady Ralph Jones; mother, Edna Redd Jordan; sisters, Judy Sue Jordan and Jewel Nolan. Born in Collinsville, Alabama, Col. Jones graduated from Lee County H.S. in Auburn, AL ('51). Joining the military right out of high school, he served 27 years in the military, U.S. Army and Air Force, rising from private to lieutenant colonel. Early in his career he served as an operating room tech at Francis E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, WY. Later he served as an operating room tech at Anniston Memorial Hospital. Subsequently, Col. Jones went to nursing school at University (of Ala.) Hospital in Birmingham, followed by anesthesia school there. Although he graduated from the Univ. of Ala., he was a huge Auburn fan, beginning his college studies there. While in school, he was in the Army Reserve and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. After graduating he came back to Anniston and worked as a nurse anesthetist for six years. Then he went back in the U.S. Air Force as an officer. He flew air evac with the 903rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron in Vietnam. While serving in the Vietnam Conflict, Col. Jones earned the Bronze Star for caring for 99 ambushed, critically wounded marines, all of whom survived due to his stellar care. He has resided in the Anniston area since retiring from the Air Force in '85. He worked at NE Ala. RMC until 2000 when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Over the years he underwent numerous treatments, beginning at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX) and supplemented by treatments at UAB. He succumbed to Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which stemmed from his lymphoma. Col. Jones was boy scout leader, a mason, and deacon at First Baptist Church of Saks. He was a true church leader, who was involved in about every facet of church activities. Col. Jones had many, many admirers and friends. One friend said there were only a few people after whom he modeled his life and desired to emulate and Charles Jones was one of them. A co-worker in Japan said "I was right out of my anesthesia residency and had little experience in trauma cases when I arrived at Tachikawa. I knew that he knew that he had better skills in these cases but he never let me know his true feelings. What a professional and gentleman. There are many a young severely injured airman who survived because of the expertise of [him]." Pallbearers are Al Eastridge, Roy Houston, Mike Howard, Lester Huckaby, Caleb Jones, Joshua Jones, John LaMond, and Doug Shaddix. Honorary pallbearers are his Sunday School class at First Baptist Church of Saks. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to First Baptist Church of Saks Christian Life Center (4723 Saks Rd., Anniston, AL 36206). Online condolences made at www.graybrownservice.com
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Gray Brown-Service Mortuary
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Anniston, AL 362014651
(256) 236-3441
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Published in The Anniston Star from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2015
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