JONES, Backman Johnnie, Sr., 97 of Tampa, died March 24, 2013. He was born December 27, 1915 in Columbia, South Carolina. Johnnie was a veteran of World War II, and worked for Swift Fresh Meats Company for 52 years before retiring at age 70. During his retirement, Johnnie spent many enjoyable hours playing golf at Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland where he was a founding member, and working as a volunteer at the Faith CafÂ‚ in Tampa. He was a faithful member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nell; two children: Dr. Virginia Dodd of Gainesville, FL and her husband, Dr. Stephen Dodd; Johnnie Jones, Jr. of Tampa, FL., and his wife, Teresa Thomas. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Tiffany Melovich, Jessica Longwell, Lindsay DeBevoise, Lucy Jones, Haney and William Dodd, and Maddie and Niki Thomas; three great-grandchildren: Luke Melovich, Owen Melovich, Ava Longwell; and one brother Hugh Jones of Columbia, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Faith CafÂ‚ or Life Path Hospice. Graveside service and burial 11:00 am, Wednesday, March 27, Garden of Memories Cemetery.
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Published in TBO.com from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2013