Wil­lie ‘Bill’ Jones

The Saline Courier - - NEWS -

Wil­lie “Bill” Jones, 98, of Ben­ton, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 23. On March 29, 1921, in Dolph, Arkansas, he was born to John Franklin and Mit­tie Jones.

As one of six chil­dren grow­ing up on a farm, re­spon­si­bil­ity was some­thing he knew all too well. At the age of 18, he joined the Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps in an ef­fort to help his fam­ily and keep his sib­lings in school. In 1942, he left the C.C.C. and en­listed in the U.S. Army, serv­ing in WWII, the re­serves and Korea. He was hon­ored as a hero, be­ing awarded five Bronze Stars for his ef­forts and courage as a sur­gi­cal tech­ni­cian. When he re­turned home, his sense of help­ful­ness con­tin­ued as he was a Free Ma­son and mem­ber of the Roland Lodge. Be­ing a born-again Chris­tian, he ded­i­cated his time to be­ing a dea­con and Sun­day School teacher. In his free time, he en­joyed hunt­ing, fish­ing and gar­den­ing. He was a lov­ing hus­band, fa­ther, brother, grand­fa­ther and great­grand­fa­ther. He lived a long, blessed and pur­pose­ful life. From be­ing raised in a small town dur­ing the de­pres­sion and see­ing ad­vance­ment of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy to trav­el­ing the world, his last jour­ney to the Lord was his fi­nal call of duty.

He is sur­vived by love in the hearts of his wife Ber­nice; three daugh­ters: Shirley, Dar­lene and Sharlene; a brother, Rudell; three grand­chil­dren, Nala (Jeff), Shana and Dil­lon; and a great-grand­daugh­ter, Olivia.

He is pre­ceded in death by a son, Roger; his par­ents; and sib­lings, Vi­o­let, Zola, Ed, Arlis and Car­roll.

Fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 10 a.m. Mon­day, Dec. 2, at Smith-ben­ton Fu­neral Home, lo­cated at 322 N. Mar­ket St. in Down­town Ben­ton.

In­ter­ment with mil­i­tary hon­ors will fol­low at Pinecrest Me­mo­rial Park.

Ser­vices are en­trusted to Smith-ben­ton Fu­neral Home. On­line guest book: www.smithfam­i­lycares.com.


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