10/28/11 — CHARLES I. JONES

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April 18, 1922-Oct. 19, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Charles I. Jones went to sing in the heavenly choir Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, having lost a battle with heart failure while at St. Mary's Medical Center at Huntington, W.Va.

Known by many names including "Doc Charlie," "C.I.," "Irving," "Uncle Irb," Dad and Papa, Charlie was born in rural North Carolina, the son of Donnie Hue Jones and Odessa Batten Jones, April 18, 1922.

A man of great faith, Charlie was a member of Nahunta Friends Quaker Meeting in Nahunta.

For many years he attended Highlawn United Methodist Church, and most recently First Presbyterian Church.

He served in the Navy in World War II, and graduated from North Carolina State University and Florida State University.

Charlie had a long and distinguished career as an educator. His last professional endeavor was the establishment of the Occupational, Adult and Safety Education Department at Marshall University, where he taught and served as chairman from 1969 to 1987.

Everyone who knew Charlie was blessed, and he always had a song to greet them.

His brothers, Dr. Donnie Hue Jones Jr. and Calvin Truett Jones, preceded him in death.

He was survived by his sweetheart and wife of almost 65 years, Ruth Braswell Jones.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, including his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Susanne Braswell; his children, Chuck and Gaytha Jones, Cathy Jones and Kathryn Childers and Sarah and Dan Stone; his grandchildren, Joy and Chris Brown, Chad and Megan Jones, Betsy and Mike Hager, Suzanne Forsythe and James, John and Hannah Stone; and his great-grandchildren Lily, Elise, Joe and Jack Hager, Hope Brown and Audrey Jones.

As Charlie would say, "What's done is done."

A graveside service, with Masonic Rites by St. Patrick's Masonic Lodge 617, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, with pastor Eric Woods officiating.

Instead of flowers, contributions can be made to Nahunta Friends Meeting, 2537 N.C. 581 North, Pikeville, N.C., 27863.

Online condolences may be sent to family at www.parrishfh.com.


Published in Obituaries on October 28, 2011 1:49 PM