Benjamin Jones

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Benjamin William Jones - SAVANNAH - Benjamin William Jones died peacefully at the age of 91, March 18, 2013 in Savannah, GA. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Gloria Sheffield Jones. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Juhn Parish Jones, of Atlanta, mother to his two surviving children, daughter Dale Davis (Jodie), of Newnan, GA, and son Collin Danny Jones (Carol), of Loganville, GA, grandchildren Michael (Julie) Jones and Mathew (Melissa) Jones, and great-grandchildren Tully Jones and Kyla Jones. Ben was born in Berne, IN, May 22, 1921, to Margaret Maggie Pearl Rawley and Daniel Dailey Jones; he had two older brothers - Robert Jones and Rawley D. Jones, all of whom are deceased. After enlisting in the Marines in 1941, he traveled to Atlanta where he met, and after a brief courtship, married Juhn Lorraine Parish. Following WWII, he attended Georgia Tech where he studied engineering. An engineer through-and-through, his career spanned 35 years working and leading in the fields of construction, mechanical, and electrical engineering. He retired in 1987. There wasn't anything he couldn't build or fix. Ben converted to Roman Catholicism in 1955 and was a long-time member of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, GA. He served in many capacities at the Cathedral including singing in the choir, serving as an usher, Eucharistic minister, and as a volunteer after his retirement. He also volunteered for more than ten years at Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA, in the Oncology Services department. In Savannah, Ben was a member of the Knights Of Columbus, Islands Council, American Legion, Post 184, Generation One, Smart Seniors and the Tuesday Night Supper Club. He also enjoyed Monday morning Bingo at the Whitemarsh Island Community Center. Ben was a long-time Atlanta Braves fan and member of the Braves 400 Club. He was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church where he attended daily Mass and participated with the Senior group Forever Young. Ben is also survived by his loving Savannah family, including Gloria's children Skip Sheffield (Pamela Screptock), Beth Sheffield (Ian Parmee), Mike (Donna) Sheffield, Gloria (Bill) Davis, and Joe Sheffield. He was predeceased by Thomas Sheffield; Grandchildren Allison (Andrew) Pence, Cassie Sheffield (Erik Hullum), Kyle Sheffield, Jeff Dickey, Colleen Sheffield (Daniel Greene), Ethan, Vance and Kelsey Sheffield and Alana Davis; Great-grandchildren Maghan, Kailin and Riley Dickey, Gavin Marcus, Aidan, Aeson and Ashwin Pence, and Kayley Sheffield. The family would like to thank Dr. Masood Ahmed, Dr. Eduard Docu, and the Doctors and Nursing Staff of Hospice Savannah for the loving care they administered to Ben. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice Savannah, St. Peter the Apostle Church Catholic Church or St. Michael's Catholic Church. Visitation - Thursday 5:00pm - 7:00pm with Recitation of the Rosary at 6:00pm at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. Fr. Patrick O'Brien officiating. Mass of Christian Burial - Friday at 11:00am at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. Msgr. P. James Costigan officiating. Savannah Morning News March 20, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2013
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