Kettering, Ohio

1941 - 2020


Kettering, Ohio


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JONES, James Earl James Earl Jones (79) of Kettering, Ohio, departed for his heavenly home Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Earl was born Feb. 15, 1941, in Newport News, Va., and graduated from Hampton High School in 1958. He worked at NASA Langley while earning his bachelor's of electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, which he received in 1963. Earl continued working for NASA while pursuing his master's and PhD studies (ABD) in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University. Earl was preceded in death by his parents James Henry Jones, Jr. and Catherine Anne Royal. Surviving are his wife of 50 years Carolyn Hall Jones; children Catherine (Michael) Reynolds of Delaware, Ohio; Carrie Jones of Raleigh, N.C.; and Richard (Anzel) Jones of Moraine, Ohio; and grandchildren Lauren Reynolds and James Reynolds. Also surviving are his brother Calvin Jonson of Metter, Ga., and sister Claudia Royal Coleman of San Luis Obispo, Calif., along with cousins, nieces and nephews. During his career with NASA and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, his research contributed to Apollo missions, stealth and satellite technology, and the space shuttle program. Earl retired from WPAFB in 1993. He later worked for Meijer Inc. before retiring again in 2006. Earl was a long-time volunteer for the Miami Valley Cable Council and the City of Kettering. He had been a member of Miami Shores Baptist Church and Far Hills Community Church. Funeral services will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at Dublin Baptist Church, Dublin, Ohio, with visitation at 9 a.m. and a service at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Hilliard, Ohio. A separate memorial service will take place in Dayton from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Miami Shores Baptist Church. The family requests if friends are ordering flowers, please have them delivered to the churches. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miami Shores Baptist Church, 4000 Vance Rd, Moraine, Ohio 45439. TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5265 NORWICH STREET, HILLIARD, OH, 43026, handled the arrangements for the Jones family.

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Earl Jones has been a unique figure in Kettering most all the years I have lived here. He always proudly supported our democracy by allowing yard signs from any political party or person in his yard on Far Hills Avenue. I remember one year they were close to 20 yard signs that made a lot of different elected officials quite happy.
As an active resident, Earl could always be counted on to critically, but brilliantly and thoroughly, analyze new tax issues proposed. His numbers were...

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Carolyn, I was so sorry to hear about Earl's passing. These are difficult times and can make the burdens heavier. I hope you're surrounded by friends and family to help with your grief.