JONES, Charles O., 86, passed away April 29, 2012, in Tampa. He was born April 16, 1926 in Tampa and resided in Valrico. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and retired in 1971, returning to the Tampa Bay area to continue working in civilian work until he was 80 years old, retiring from Seabulk Towing in 2006. Preceding his death was his loving wife, Dorothy C. Jones (Bowen) and his parents, Joseph G. Jones and Irene M. Jones (Jenks) of California, along with his son Bruce L. Jones of Valrico and four older siblings. Survivors are his children, Charlene O. Lerch (Ronald) of Wesley Chapel, Susan Y. Stevenson of Plant City, George S. Jones (Mary) of Tampa, Kenneth C. Jones (Barbara) of Louisiana, Cheryl A. Darras of Valrico,Tina M. Moser (Dean) of Wesley Chapel, Brian L. Jones (Suzette) of Thonotosassa, along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews who will mourn his loss. A special thanks to all his caregivers during his final months. Funeral services will be held at 3 PM May 5 Garden of Memories Funeral Home in Tampa. The family will receive friends one hour prior. Interment, with military honors, will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
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Published in TBO.com on May 4, 2012