James E. “Jimmy” Jones, 99, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Nov. 29, 2013, at the Tennessee State Veterans Home.
He was born in Smyrna, Tenn., on Jan. 3, 1914, and at an early age moved to Murfreesboro, where he spent the rest of his life.
Mr. Jones was a son of the late Richmond and Anna Eliza Holloway Jones.
He was the last living charter member of North Boulevard Church of Christ, where he was active before his illness.
Mr. Jones served in the U.S. Army from December 1943 to March 1946 with the 898th Field Artillery Battalion attached to the 75th Infantry Division in Belgium, Holland, and Germany as an artillery forward observer and truck driver. He earned European African Middle Eastern theater ribbon with three bronze stars, a good conduct ribbon, victory medal, and he is a member of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
Following the war, he returned to work with the Greyhound Bus Co., retiring with a total of 35 years of service.
His life was one of giving. He gave wise council, money, and most of all, his time to his church, many friends and family as they asked and needed it. He stated many times that “One of my most enjoyable things is helping others.” He also enjoyed keeping his home at 1212 E. Main St. immaculate and beautiful for 55 years.
Mr. Jones is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Carmine Taylor Jones; a sister Nell Jones Harris; brothers Robert Dayton Jones and John Richmond Jones; and a cousin Weakley W. Holloway.
He is survived by Lailia Nell Jones Jordan and her husband, Gene, of Murfreesboro; Betty Ann Harris Saliba and her husband, Ray, of Atlanta, Ga.; nephews, Robert Gray Harris and his wife, Jean, of Franklin, Tenn., Robert Arnold Jones Sr. and his wife, Delores, of Murfreesboro, Douglas Love Miller Jr. and his wife, Lolita, of Franklin, William John Patton Miller and his wife, Susan, of Huntsville, Ala.
Visitation was held Dec. 2 prior to the funeral services at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Julian Goodpaster officiated. Burial with military honors followed at Evergreen Cemetery. Robert A. Jones, Robert Harris, Pat Miller, Doug Miller, Belvie Jordan, Bobby Jones, Daryl Bussell and Ray Saliba served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were elders of North Boulevard Church of Christ and the retired Greyhound Bus Drivers.
Thanks to the staff at the Tennessee State Veterans Home for their care, compassion, understanding and respect for him and his wishes during his stay the last four years. A special thank you to Hollie Groom Dearden, his dear friend and caregiver who has been his ray of hope and delight.
Memorials may be made to the North Boulevard Church of Christ.
An online guestbook is available for Mr. Jones at www.woodfinchapel.com.
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