LAURINBURG — Philip Dale Jones, 83, passed away on March 7, 2014.
He was born in Windfall, Ind. on May 25, 1930. He graduated from Eaton Ohio High School and would later marry Patricia Kneese-Jones on May 12, 1956.
He served for four years in the 82nd Airborne. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Toledo. His major was in ancient history. Jones started working for Libby Owens Ford in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio and transferred to the Laurinburg plant in 1980 to begin a customer service department. He retired with the company in 1992. He was active with the Toledo Junior Chamber of Commerce. Jones had a passion for sailing on Lake Erie and loved to go motor boating on Lake Tillery. He traveled throughout Canada, Alaska, Mexico, and Europe. He was an avid reader of ancient history, current political affairs, and historic novels. He entered Scotland County's Cotton Festival baking and canning category where he won first place two years in a row with his wild plum jelly. He gardened over four years at the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church Community Garden. He also volunteered at Scotland Memorial Hospital and Meals on Wheels.
He is preceded in death by his mother Edith Irene Closer-Jones, his father Luke Jones, and his son Technical Sergeant Victor J. Jones. He is survived by his wife Patricia (Pat) Kneese-Jones of the home, daughter Christina Marie Jones-Ellis and son-in-law Roger Allan Ellis of El Paso, Texas, granddaughter Sara Marie Jones of California, great-granddaughter MaKayla Jones of California, sister Rosemary Lee Jones-Blaylock and brother-in-law James Blaylock of Tennessee, and nephew James F. Blaylock of Tennessee.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium Chapel. Services will follow at 11 a.m. with burial following the service in Hillside Memorial Park with military rites.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Hospice of Scotland County, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, N.C. 28353.
McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the family.