Donald Gene “Don” Jones, age 82, beloved husband, father, papa, son, brother, and friend went to be with his Lord and Saviour on the eighth day of August 2017, while under Hospice care at the Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, Tennessee.
He was born in Sullivan County, Tennessee on September 13, 1934, the third of nine children, to the late Frederick McDonald Jones and Anna Rhetta (Lawson) Jones of Blountville, Tennessee. He had resided in Bluff City, Tennessee with his wife Helen “Dot” since 1957. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, sister, Hazel Elizabeth (Jones) Hill of Blue Ridge, Georgia, brothers John Lee Jones of Bronx, New York, Kenneth Paul “Dube” Jones and, Randall Warren Jones of Blountville, Tennessee and sister-in-law Phyllis Jones along with many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. He retired from Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee after 23 years of service in the Filter Tow Department. During his lifetime he also worked at Raytheon, ABS Systems, Strong Robinette, Hechts Bakery, and Automotive Safety Service. Donald proudly served his country as Private First Class in the U.S. Army from April 1954 to April 1962 where he received the National Defense Service, Occupation (Germany), and Good Conduct Medals. He was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church in Bristol, Virginia where he was known for always giving a helping hand whenever it was needed. Donald was a very loving husband, father, papa, son, brother and was well loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 and one half years, Helen Joyce “Dot” Hash Jones, his daughters, Angela Sue “Susie” Jones Johnson and husband John of Blountville, Tennessee, Tammy Jean Jones Witt and husband Don of Meadowview, Virginia, two granddaughters, Mimia Elizabeth Johnson, and husband Joel Edmondson of Denver, Colorado, and Amanda Joy Johnson Culberson and husband Austin, of Atlanta, Georgia, his brothers Bruce Avery Jones, and wife Shelby of Bluff City, Tennessee, Joseph Edward “Jay” Jones, Frederick Wayne Jones and wife Angie, Larry Douglas Jones and wife Brenda and sister-in-law Cathy Jones all of Blountville, Tennessee. He is also survived by an Aunt Eva Houser and husband Bobby and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors, and church family.
Funeral services for Donald Gene “Don” Jones will be conducted at 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 12th, at Friendship Baptist Church, 20572 Benhams Rd., Bristol, Virginia with Pastor Dennis Burnette and Pastor Darrell Martin officiating. Committal services will be conducted at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, Tennessee. Active pallbearers will be Allan Cross, Joe Russell, Kenneth Miller, Frederick Wayne Jones, II, David Moore, and Brian Jones. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Mitchell, Jimmy Rutledge, Clifford Roark, David Wright, Danny Denton, and Joe Jay. The family will receive friends Friday, August 11th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Weaver Funeral Home in Bristol, Tennessee.
Flowers will be accepted or contributions can be made to Friendship Baptist Church in Bristol, Virginia. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to all the Wellmont Hospice Staff, Wellmont Medical Center Staff, especially Vicki Nermia, RN, as well as Weisa Manis and Betty Miller for the excellent care they provided for Donald.