Benjamin Perry Jones Jr., beloved son of Benjamin Perry Jones Sr. and Maude Pace Jones went peacefully at home to be with his Lord on July 3rd. 2013 in the arms of his family. Graveside funeral services, with military honors, will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with Dr. John Kerr officiating.
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Ben was born in Flat Rock North Carolina on January 10, 1921.
He was a graduate of Flat Rock High School, class of 1938, where he was an active member of the band and student government. After high school he enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1942 to serve his county.
He was a master sergeant attached to the eighth army as a navigator on the B24 Liberator. His Bomber crew flew 36 missions over Europe where he was awarded the Air medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and four Oak Leaf Clusters. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Ben attended and graduated George Washington University in Washington DC with a degree in accounting. After graduation from the University, Ben worked as the Controller for Gerber Foods near Ashville, North Carolina, for 30 years.
Ben was a devoted Christian and member of the Flat Rock Independent Baptist church before he moved and began attending the First Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years. Ben was a lifelong competitive checker player as a member of the National Fed. Checker Club. He served for 15 years with the Swansboro Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Ben is survived by his devoted wife Joyce (Betsey) McCall Hussey-Jones, his sisters, Theresa Strider, Cary NC, Leola Kyle, Florida, Glenda Palmer, Beufort GA, brother-in-law Bobby Lewis, his two daughters, Nancy Avery of Hendersonville NC , and Gail (Bobby)Brownridge , Charlotte NC., two grandchildren, Chelsea, NYC and Rodger Brownridge, Charlotte NC, step daughter Barrie (Al)) Brough, Jacksonville NC. Step grandchildren, Suzanne (Todd) Blum, Jacksonville NC, Dr. David Brough(Kristy)Memphis TN, Kevin (Stephanie) of Philadelphia PA, and step-great grandchildren, Dustin, Bryce, Tyler, Victoria, and Haden Blum of Jacksonville and Mathew Brough, Philadelphia, Pa
Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Maude Jones, Mary Jones, and brothers and sisters, Nelson, Winfred and Edward Jones, Nellie Jones, Jane Lewis, Verneena Thomas.
Ben was greatly loved by all of those he touched and will be truly missed.
Electronic condolences may be left for the family at www.jonesfh.org.
Published in The Times-News on July 6, 2013