Lee Edward Jones, age 75, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Centennial Hospital after a brave battle with leukemia with his wife and son, Hugh, by his side.
Lee was born on February 23, 1938 at home during one of Oklahoma's worst blizzards. He grew up on the family farm in Vici, Oklahoma on which his great grandfather homesteaded.
Lee is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sue Steagall Jones, two sons Hugh E. Jones (Gina) of Murfreesboro and Jason Lee Jones (Tracy), Mildenhall Air Base, England, three grandchildren, Anna, Andrew and Matthew Jones, a brother Rhea Jones of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Russell L. Jones and Vaniza Jones and a brother, Russell Leroy Jones.
Visitation with the family will be held at Woodfin Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be 10:00 am Wednesday, February 12th at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Reverend Garie Taylor and Dr. Jim Clardy officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens with military flag presentation. Pallbearers will be Billy Burgess, Ed Haney, Harry Holland, Jeff Haynes, Clay Taylor and Charlie Thomas.
Lee attended Southwestern College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1970, and received his Master's Degree in Aerospace Education in 1972. Lee was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church since 1967 and was a charter member of EAA Chapter 419.
Lee was most proud of drawing plans for and building their dream house and also his workshop. He treasured time spent with his grandchildren, traveling, and time spent in his workshop and visiting with friends. He always enjoyed helping others. Lee worked at Serv-Air in Enid, Oklahoma, Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee and taught at McGavock High School where he started the Vocational Aerospace Program in 1971. Lee retired from MTSU after 23 years of service. He served in the USAF from 1957 to 1961 with an honorable discharge.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Mark's United Methodist Church Building Fund or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Tennessee, 404 BNA Drive, Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37217-2571 in memory of Lee.
The family would like to express gratitude to the doctors and nurses at The Sarah Cannon Center as well as Dr. John Zubkus and staff for the care, kindness and concern for Lee during the recent months of his illness.
Online condolences may be made to www.woodfinchapel.com. WOODFIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 615-893-5151.