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Charlie C. JONES

1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
JONES, Charlie C. On Friday, October 6, 2017 at 1:35 PM, a little light went out here on Earth and soared to the Heavens lighting the way to eternity for Charlie Curtis Jones. Charlie was born on February 19, 1929 to Joel Jones and Marie Moye in Eastover, South Carolina. He was reared in a tightknit family alongside brothers, Johnny, Edward, John and Wesley, and sisters Ethel, Caroline and Carrie in the community of Wheeler Hill of Columbia, SC. Charlie graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1946, and enrolled at Allen University in Columbia, SC where he met his wife to be, Rose Marie. In 1950, he entered the United States Army. In active combat in Korea, then Private First-Class Jones of the 3d Infantry Division Field Artillery Battalion received an Air Medal for participating in thirty combat missions as an aerial observer over hostile enemy territory. At his time of separation from the service in 1952, then Staff Sergeant Jones had received additional air medals with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. Throughout his time in service, Charlie and his darling "Sweetpea" continued their courtship and would go on to marry on September 5, 1954. Upon returning to Columbia after service, Charlie sought to pursue a business degree that he could not access in-state even as a veteran with his GI bill. Ever resourceful and determined, Charlie went north and enrolled at Tri-State University in Indiana, landing a job at the U.S. Department of Labor in Chicago upon graduation. Charlie and Rose started a family in Chicago, with Lori arriving first on May 14, 1963 and then Alysia on May 13, 1968. The family moved to Atlanta later in 1968, building a house in Southwest Atlanta during a volatile time for integration and civil rights. Charlie had a thirty-year successful career at the U.S. Department of Labor, retiring as a GS-15. There were bumps along the way that only someone like Charlie could smooth out. A fascinating case, Jones v. Brennan, reveals Charlie's successful fight against the federal government for equal opportunity and pay, making him a trailblazer at the time. Charlie 's roots ran deep in Atlanta. He and Rose were very active in the church, with Charlie serving as a Trustee and head of the usher board at Shaw Temple AME Zion church for many years. Charlie also had an integral role in the development of and served as President of Mercury Track Club, where he spearheaded numerous regional and national track meets. While his girls were runners in the club, his support extended well beyond them, as he created numerous opportunities for kids across the city with limited means. The family resided in the Lynn Valley community, with many neighbors who became life-long friends, until Charlie and Rose retired and moved back to South Carolina in 1991. Charlie had a rich life with Rose post-retirement surrounded by family, childhood friends, extending to their church family at Antioch AME Zion Church, and newfound traveling & bowling buddies. Charlie will be missed deeply by all. A service will be held at noon, October 16, 2017 at Antioch AME Zion Church in Eastover, SC.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 15, 2017
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