Elton Edward Jones, 73, of Parkersburg, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, after a courageous battle at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, surrounded by his family.
He was born Feb. 29, 1939 in Rawlins County, Kansas, a son to Vernon Jones and the late Fern Andrews Jones.
He was a graduate from Jennings High School in Jennings, Kansas in 1958. He served in the Army part of the elite (STRAC-Strategic Army Corps) in the first Howitzer Battalion, 30th Artillery, Company B, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington. From the time he was a little boy, he was a farmer and helped his father out on the farm in Kansas. After his move to Texas, he became a truck driver for several years. He then spent the majority of his working years as a diesel mechanic and business owner. After he retired, he enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his granddaughters play soccer. He volunteered as the groundskeeper for Tri-C Soccer for several years, ensuring all the kids had a great place to play the game he grew to love. He was the true definition of a survivor and an inspiration of how the human spirit can overcome almost anything.
He was preceded in death in 1996 by his wife, Mary Etta (Chenoweth) Jones after they enjoyed nearly 32 years of marriage. He was also preceded by his mother, Fern Jones and one sister-in-law Beulah Jones.
He is survived by one son, Russell (Brenda) Jones of Lubeck, W.Va.; two daughters, Mary Jane Jones of Washington, W.Va., Kristal (Marc) Velazquez of Asheboro, N.C.; his father, Vernon Jones of Norton, Kansas; brother George Jones of Norton, Kansas; two sisters, Judy Jones of Norton, Kansas, Mary Katherine (Kenny) Campbell of Dearing, Kansas and one brother-in-law, Robert Lee Chenoweth of Morris Plains, N.J.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kirsten Jones of Lubeck, Allison Jones of Lubeck, James (Crystal) Montgomery of Parkersburg, Rachael Montgomery of Parkersburg, Josh, Sandi, and Joey Velazquez of Asheboro, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Blake Montgomery, Skyler Montgomery, Natalie Williams, and Nathan Montgomery, all of Parkersburg, and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the entire Lubeck community that took him in and helped him get through his daily life. He was really appreciative of all your compassion and always spoke kindly about all of you.
A military service will be Friday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth Street, Parkersburg, with Pastor Mike Broadwater of Bethany United Methodist officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.