John R. Jones, Jr.
John R. Jones, Jr., 91, of Newport News, Va., went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
A native of Rhodhiss, North Carolina, he lived with his wife, Mary, in Newport News, since the early '40s. He was an Army veteran who retired as a Private First Class and served in WWII in the Pacific Ocean theater as a Gunner on a merchant ship from 1944 to 1946. He received several medals for this service including; Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Occupation Ribbon Japan. He was a valued member of the community, work leader in the maintenance division at Ft. Eustis for 30 years, a skilled carpenter, auto body mechanic, antique automotives and baseball enthusiast.
Preceding him in rest are his parents, John R. and Estelle Jones; and wife of 53 years, Mary Jones.
He leaves a sister, Francis Benfield, two children, Randy Jones (and wife, Sonya) and Vicki Crissman (and husband, Richard "Rich"); four grandchildren, Randy (and wife, Becca), Crissy (and husband, Brandon), Megen, and Hailee; and two great-grandchildren, Ellie "Ellie May" and June "June Bug", to cherish his beloved memory. A special thank you to his caregiver and her extended service with our family, Charla Burgos.
A grave side service with military honors to celebrate his life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 2nd, 2018, marking his 92nd birthday, at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made out to Pitch In for Baseball. Pitch In For Baseball® (PIFB) is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that provides new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to boys and girls in the United States and around the world who want to play ball but lack the equipment to do so. Please see: crowdrise.com/John-Jones-Memorial/fundraiser/JohnRJonesJr. Thank you for helping to encourage the legacy and American pastime of baseball to continue, in his name.
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