FOREST CITY-William Judson Jones Jr., 91, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the Charles George Veterans Administration Medical Center Hospice in Asheville.
He was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Cleveland County, the third child of William Judson Jones and Florence Elliott Jones. He grew up in Shelby and graduated from Shelby High School prior to earning a degree from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1942.
In World War II
, he served in the U.S. Army
Air Corps as a bomber crewman, flying twenty-five missions over Germany and Occupied Europe.
After the war, he married Millicent Hicks of Shelby, and they made their home there for the next twenty years. In the mid 1960s, they moved to Raleigh in order to take advantage of new career opportunities. Bill worked as a manufacturer's sales representative to industry and the military, covering eastern North Carolina until the early 1980s, when they retired to Cape Carteret. Milly died in 2004, and their son Stanley Earl Jones died in 2010. After Stan's death, Bill decided with regret to leave his community of friends in Carteret County in order to relocate closer to members of his extended family in Western North Carolina. Since September of 2011, he had resided at Carolina House in Forest City.
For as long as his health permitted, Bill was an avid golfer, fisherman and gardener, sharing the produce of his garden with great liberality. He was a member of Cape Carteret Baptist Church and a Mason.
In addition to his parents, his wife and his son, Bill was also preceded in death by his brother, Thomas R. Jones of Shelby, who died in 1971; and his sister Ann Jones Corn of Shelby, who died in 1991.
He is survived by a sister, Louise Jones Byers of Forest City; and by a number of loving nieces and nephews and their children.
Arrangements for a committal service to be held in Swansboro will be announced at a future time.
Funeral Home: Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is serving the family
An online guest register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com