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Peter JONES


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Peter JONES Obituary
JONES, Peter Pete Jones passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on September 14, 2017, after a brief, but brave battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on March 15, 1951 in Washington, D.C. to Jimmy and Jayne Jones, and grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. He graduated from Falls Church High School, and was a proud member of the 1966 state champion golf team. Pete graduated from Wake Forest University in 1973, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He attended The George Washington University Law School, graduating in 1977. After a brief stint on the defense side, he began representing claimants in workers' compensation cases, which he continued to do very successfully over the course of his long career. Pete had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and he became a self-taught expert in antiques, wine, food, cloisonn?, gardening, and oriental rugs, among other things. He also taught himself how to build a field stone wall and, after 10 years of backbreaking work, a beautiful stone wall surrounded his house. He was an excellent cook, and over the past few years he became a master at cooking healthy meals. He especially loved grilling sockeye salmon and creating unique vegetable/fruit smoothies. Pete was a beloved member of both The Life Church (f/k/a Washington Christian Life Center), where he was very involved in the children's ministry, and Sudley United Methodist Church, where he served as a Stephen Minister, and was an active and dedicated member at the time of his death. He was also a volunteer driver for 15 years with SERVE, helping to collect and deliver meals to the homeless. Pete was known for his big personality, his generosity, and his love of life, great food and great wine. He had a lifelong passion for golf, and he was an outstanding golfer, even after he lost two fingers in a lawn mower accident. Pete and his twin brother Pat played in 34 straight member-guest golf tournaments at Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta. After he broke his left wrist several years ago Pete learned to play one handed just to keep the streak alive, and they still came in third in their flight! When the Ansley Board of Directors found out about Pete's illness, they voted unanimously to name the annual Guest of Honor Award after him, and it is now called the Pete Jones Guest of Honor Award. Over the last 15 years or so Pete took up snow skiing on a serious basis, spending around 30 days a year skiing out west, usually alongside his beloved stepson, Floyd ("Bunk") Jones, with his favorite band Little Feat blaring in his earbuds. As with his other endeavors, he became an expert skier. Pete was predeceased by his parents, Big Jim and Mama Jayne Jones. He is survived by his children Katie and Jamie Jones, and his stepson Bunk; his sisters Beverly Gibson and Debbie Campbell; his twin brother and best friend, Pat Jones (and his wife Kim); his nieces and nephews, Courtney Gibson, Barry Gibson (and his wife Cathilee), Sarah Jones Hoeflin (and her husband Michael), Christie Jones, P.J. Jones and Timmy Jones (who will miss their Uncle Pete); and his great nephews Carter and Zach Gibson. A memorial service to celebrate Pete's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Sudley United Methodist Church, 5308 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109. A graveside service will follow immediately thereafter at the church cemetery, with a reception following in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Sudley United Methodist Church and Capital Caring (capitalcaring.org).
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 16, 2017
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