Franklin D. Jones

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Franklin D. Jones Franklin Douglas Jones, MD, age 58, passed on peacefully on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at his home in Greenville, surrounded by his family. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oakmont Baptist Church, on Red Banks Road. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Dr. Gregory Rogers. The cremated remains will be laid to rest by the family at a later date. Dr. Jones was born October 6, 1950, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to the late Franklin Jones and Elizabeth Cole Jones. His father worked for CARE and the U.S. Department of State, which allowed Dr. Jones to enjoy living most of his childhood overseas in Panama, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, and Spain. Dr. Jones was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill where he continued as an Assistant Professor. In 1985, he relocated to Greenville where he joined Eastern Neurosurgical and Spine Associates and served as Clinical Associate Professor at the East Carolina University School of Medicine. In 1993, he became Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery and Clinical Professor at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Jones was a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and served as president of the North Carolina Neurosurgical Society for two years. He was also a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and in 2008, he served as a guest examiner for the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Other associations that Dr. Jones held memberships in included: The Foundation of International Education and Neurological Surgery, the Pitt County Medical Society, the Southern Neurosurgical Society, and the Seaboard Medical Society. His certifications included: the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Kyphoplasty Surgery, and X Stop Training. Dr. Jones was also a contributor to various medical journals through numerous publications. Other committees included: Member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House, Executive Committee Member of the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, Medical Executive Committee of the Department of Surgery, and the Neuroscience Conference Co-Director. A lover of life, knowledge, travel, and adventure, he found great joy in sharing time with his family, friends and colleagues. He was devoted to his patients and felt truly honored to be a neurosurgeon. While he loved all sports (especially UNC basketball!), he especially enjoyed playing tennis, scuba diving, and skiing. One of his greatest pleasures was playing on the Baywood Racket Club Tennis Team, which he co-captained with his son, David. He felt most at peace while enjoying long hours on the beach with his family, friends and his dogs, Holly and Bhoghi. Dr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Jones of the home; his daughter Kristin who currently resides in Miami, Fla.; and son David of Greenville; his sister, Barbara Bowman and husband, Tom, of Richmond, Va., and their three children Michael, Kelly, and Doug; his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Barr of Lancaster, S.C.; his sister-in-law, Sarah Adams and husband, Richard, of High Point, and their children Ashley Clinard and husband Matthew, and Katherine Howard and husband Jason. Franklin Douglas Jones will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. The family would like to thank everyone who so graciously offered prayers and support. Visitation will be held tonight from 6 to 8 at Wilkerson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, Brody School of Medicine at ECU, 525 Moye Blvd., Greenville, NC 27834 or University Health Systems Home Health and Hospice P.O. Box 6028, Greenville, NC 27835-9978. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Paul Walker and the staff at Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, Dr. Michael Tripp of Eastern Radiology, and Lisa Tucci, RN, of UHS Hospice Care. Online condolences at
Published in The Daily Reflector from July 17 to July 18, 2009