Jones John Moore Jones, age 92, of Athens, passed away Tuesday evening, May 7, 2013 at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, Athens. He was a graduate of Athens High School and Ohio University. John served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for 58 months during World War II. His service was in the European Theatre as an Operations Officer and active Combat Pilot. John completed over 50 missions and held the rank of Lt. Colonel upon his discharge. John was an automobile dealer in Athens for 25 years, and served as President of Jones Buick Oldsmobile Cadillac Company. After his retirement he served as the President of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and Chaired the Athens County 1976 Bicentennial Celebration. John was also active in many Athens and Ohio University projects. He served for 25 years as a Trustee for the Charles G. O'Bleness Foundation and 18 years as a Trustee for the Ohio University Foundation. John was also a former board member of the Ohio University National Alumni Association, O'Bleness Memorial Board, and AAA South Central Ohio board. He was a member of Athens First Presbyterian Church, Athens Noon Rotary Club, Athens Chapter of Symposiarch, Community Design (Court Street Renovation), and K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion. Ohio University awarded John the Medal of Merit in 1988 and named him Alumnus of the Year in 1997. John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Verda B. Jones; a daughter, Cynthia (William) Winner; three grandchildren, John (Beth Mishler) Elmore of The Plains, Erika Jones of Columbus and Robert Elmore of Cleveland; a great-granddaughter, Lillianna of Columbus; and two nieces, Candy Miles of Columbus and Shirley Carvalho of Florida. He is preceded in death by his parents Judge Roger J. Jones Sr. and Margaret Moore Jones, a brother Judge Roger J. Jones Jr., and a son John Eric Sands Jones. Funeral service will be conducted Saturday 1 p.m. at JAGERS & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Athens with Rev. Robert Martin officiating. Burial will be in West Union St. Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday 12noon until time of service. Military rites will be conducted by K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion, V.F.W. Post 3477 and V.F.W. Post 9893 Honor Guards at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Athens Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Athens, Ohio 45701, or Appalachian Community Hospice, 30 Herrold Ave., Athens, Ohio 45701, or a
are encouraged. Please share a memory, a note of condolence, or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 9, 2013