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James Allison Jones, 92, of Lexington, formerly of Elizabethtown, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
He was born Nov. 18, 1921, in Greenville, South Carolina. He grew up in Gainesville, Georgia. He graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in Biblical Studies. He was a lifelong Bible scholar, utilizing his talents in lay preaching and teaching Sunday school.
He continued his education at both the University of Georgia and the University of Kentucky, achieving a Masters in Education.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge. He later served in the Korean Conflict. After his active-duty military service, he served in the Army Reserves. He retired with the rank of colonel. He was the first civilian director of the Education Center at Fort Knox, where he served until his retirement.
He assisted his wife, the late Mary Jo Jones, with genealogical research and co-authored a book with her. He and his wife were instrumental in the founding of the Hardin County History Museum. He also was active in many Elizabethtown civic activities and organizations.
He traveled extensively around the world and was an expert in geography and also the cultures of other countries. He was an avid reader, who was interested in a variety of topics. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and bird watching. In his later years, he enjoyed remembering his many life adventures and shared them as a gifted storyteller.
He is survived by a son, James Allison Jones Jr. (Carolyn) of Lexington; a granddaughter, Jennifer Jones of New York, New York; and two brothers, Tom Jones (Dianne) of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, and Joe Jones (Iris) of Macon, Georgia.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Memorial United Methodist Church.
There will be a private interment at Elizabethtown City Cemetery.
A celebration of life and memorial service is May 31 at Memorial United Methodist Church, 631 N. Miles St., Elizabethtown.
Visitation is from noon to 2 p.m. with a service of remembrance at 2 p.m. at the church.
Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The News-Enterprise on May 24, 2014
Brown Funeral Home
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