Ernest F. Jones Sr., 88, of Cleveland, passed away Saturday morning, May 25, 2013, at his residence.
He was a member of East Side Church of Christ for 76 years, where upon hearing the gospel he believed (Hebrews ll:6), repented (Luke 13:3), confessed Christ (Matthew 10:32) and was baptized (Romans 6:3&4). He was a member of DAV for over 40 years where he served as chaplain for four years.
He was also a member of the Oak Grove Ruritan Club where he served as treasurer and chairman of the board. He was retired from Hardwick Stove Company with 42 years of service.
He was a veteran of WWII where he received five Battle Stars: Normandy, St. Lauie, Bastonie, Battle of the Bulge and Rhine River.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Jones who passed away in 2008; a sister, Lois Rogers; four brothers; Lloyd, James, Benjamin and Otis Jones; grandson, Gary Eugene Jones; and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Jones.
He is survived by three sons: Ernest Jones, Jr. and wife, Catherine, of Gadsden, Ala., Gerald Lee Jones and wife, Joyce, of Old Fort and H. Gary Jones and wife, Angela, of Cleveland; nine grandchildren; twenty two great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law (closer than a sister), Geneva Jones; a special brother-in-law, Herman Rush; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Jones and Esta Mae Jones; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, May, 28, 2013 at 3 p.m. at East Side Church of Christ with Don Clowers and Ministers Jeff Archey and Bill Maynard officiating. Serving as pallbearers: Ernest Franklin Jones III, Lee Jones, Chris Jones, Brian Jones, Tipton Jones and Avery Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Elders of East Side Church of Christ.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens with military honors. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends Monday, May 27, 2013, at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to service from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Jones family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.