LEXINGTON - Jones, James Allison, 92, of Lexington, formerly of Elizabethtown, KY, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
He was born on November 18, 1921 in Greenville, SC. He grew up in Gainesville, GA. He graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in Biblical Studies. He was a life long Bible scholar, utilizing his talents in lay preaching and teaching Sunday School.
He continued his education at both the University of Georgia
and the University of Kentucky, achieving a master's in education.
He served in the Army
in World War II
. He was awarded a Purple Heart
, Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge. He later served in the Korean conflict. After his active duty military service, he served in the Army Reserves. He retired with the rank of colonel. He was the first civilian Director of the Education Center at Fort Knox, where he served until his retirement.
He assisted his wife, the late Mary Jo Jones, with genealogical research and coauthored a book with her. He and his wife were instrumental in the founding of the Hardin County History Museum. He was also active in many Elizabethtown civic activities and organizations.
He traveled extensively around the world and was an expert in geography and also the cultures of other countries. He was an avid reader, who was interested in a variety of topics. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and bird watching. In his later years, he enjoyed remembering his many life adventures and shared them as a gifted story teller.
He is survived by one son, James Allison Jones Jr. (Carolyn) of Lexington; one granddaughter, Jennifer Jones of New York, NY; two brothers, Tom Jones (Dianne) of Horseshoe Bay, TX and Joe Jones (Iris) of Macon, GA.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Memorial United Methodist Church.
There will be a private interment at the Elizabethtown City Cemetery. A Celebration of Life/Memorial Service will be held on May 31, 2014 at Memorial United Methodist Church, 631 N. Miles St., Elizabethtown. Visitation will be held at the church from noon to 2 p.m. with a service of remembrance held at 2 p.m.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.brownfuneral.com