The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE - Don­ald Hal­low­ell Jones , 93, passed away peace­fully Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 7, 2019 in the Ste­wart Health Cen­ter at The Cy­press of Char­lotte. He was known for his en­thu­si­asm for life and love of singing.

Don was born on Septem­ber 2, 1925 to Earl H. and Min­nie B. Jones in Ard­more, Penn­syl­va­nia. He at­tended Drexel Univer­sity be­fore en­ter­ing the U. S. Navy where he served on a mine sweeper in the Pa­cific dur­ing the later years of WorldWar II. Fol­low­ing the end of the war, Don re­turned to col­lege at Georgia Tech where he grad­u­ated in 1947. He took great pride in Tech and was a loyal and en­thu­si­as­tic alum­nus.

Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion, Don re­turned to the Philadel­phia area and worked from 1947 - 1955 for Mil­ton Roy and Com­pany. In 1955 he moved to Char­lotte, North Carolina where he joined the part­ner­ship of Brown and Mor­ri­son and spent the re­main­der of his career there as a sales en­gi­neer cov­er­ing North and South Carolina. He re­tired in 2000.

Don was a life-long Pres­by­te­rian and a mem­ber of Trin­ity Pres­by­te­rian Church for over 50 years. He served as a dea­con and an el­der.

Don’s fa­ther, Earl, was a pi­anist and played and sang ev­ery night after din­ner. Thus, Don de­vel­oped a great love of singing and re­mem­bered all of the lyrics of a large va­ri­ety of songs in­clud­ing the fight songs of all the ma­jor uni­ver­si­ties. He ser­e­naded the dining room at the Ste­wart Cen­ter un­til the end of his life. Don played sports through­out his school years and loved par­tic­i­pat­ing in and watch­ing all kinds of ath­let­ics, par­tic­u­larly his beloved Georgia Tech Yel­low Jack­ets.

Don is sur­vived by his wife Ann Wright Jones; daugh­ter, Donna Dean of Darien, CT, son, Gary Jones and his wife, Mary Lynn of Bend, OR, and daugh­ter, Re­becca Parmer and her hus­band, Cur­tis of Greens­boro, NC; step­son, Wil­liam Wright and his wife, Beth of Char­lotte, and two daugh­ters-in- law, Joanne Wright and Mar­cia Wright, both of Char­lotte. He is also sur­vived by his broth­ers, Richard Jones of Co­coa Beach, FL and Robert Jones of Val­ley Forge, PA and his sis­ter Mary Lee Straub of Haver­town, PA. Don had ten grand­chil­dren and six great grand­chil­dren.

The fam­ily wishes to express their deep­est grat­i­tude to the staff of the Ste­wart Cen­ter for their love and de­voted care over the last few years. Their ded­i­ca­tion to his well­be­ing and hap­pi­ness could not have been greater and made all the dif­fer­ence in his life.

A ser­vice to honor and cel­e­brate Don’s life will be held at 2: 00 PM on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 24 at Trin­ity Pres­by­te­rian Church. A re­cep­tion will fol­low the memo­rial ser­vice. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

In lieu of f low­ers, memo­rial gifts­may be made ei­ther to Trin­ity Pres­by­te­rian Church (Note: Don Jones Memo­rial), 3115 Prov­i­dence Road, Char­lotte, NC 28211 or the Georgia Tech Foun­da­tion ( Note: Don­ald H. Jones Schol­ar­ship En­dow­ment Fund), 760 Spring Street NW, Suite 400, At­lanta, GA 30308.

Ar­range­ments are in the care of Ken­neth Poe Fu­neral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1321 Berke­ley Ave., Char­lotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. On­line con­do­lences can be shared at www. ken­neth­poe­ser­vices. com.

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