Frances Jones

Frances Heath Jones

Asheville - Frances H. Jones, age 96, of Givens Estates, Asheville, NC, passed away January 12, 2013. She was the only daughter born to George and Lena Heath of Swainsboro, Georgia and was sister to eight brothers; one was her twin named Frank. Early in her childhood, the Heath family moved to Ft. Meade, FL where Mrs. Jones was raised. After the deaths last year of her last two brothers, Mrs. Jones was the remaining sibling.

In 1938, she met and married Murrell E. Jones, her husband of 35 years. After serving in World War II, Mr. Jones became a life insurance agent for Gulf Life Insurance Company and the couple was transferred to Fort Myers, FL in 1946. In the 1950s, Mr. and Mrs. Jones established the Murrell E. Jones Insurance Agency. Active in the community, Mrs. Jones was a long-term member of the Fort Myers Woman's Community Club, PEO Chapter A-1 and served on the Altar Guild of First United Methodist Church of Fort Myers. In addition to assisting her husband as a bookkeeper in the insurance agency, Mrs. Jones was a teacher at Carousel Kindergarten.

Mrs. Jones moved to Asheville in 1989, and became an active member of P.E.O Chapter A.D., Central United Methodist Church and the Asheville Symphony. A talented cook, she was known for baking pound cakes and Madeleines, and inviting friends to join her for afternoon tea.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her two daughters, Suzanne Jones Brown of Atlanta, Georgia and Cindy Jones Towson, (Ed) of Asheville; grandchildren, Frank Towson of Asheville and Heath Towson of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jesse B. Brown IV (Jennifer) of Atlanta; and two great-grandchildren, Claire and Bennett Brown of Atlanta.

A private entombment took place January 15th at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens in Fort Myers, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held in Asheville on January 26, 11:00 a.m. in the Pulliam Chapel, Givens Estates. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Children's Welfare League, P.O. Box 15425 Asheville, NC 28813, P.E.O. Chapter AD in care of Pat Jennings, 21 Robinhood Rd, Asheville, NC 28804, or the .

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Jan. 24, 2013