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James Donald Jones

September 24, 1921 ~ August 11, 2020 (age 98)

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James Donald “Don” Jones of Deer Park Health & Rehabilitation in Nebo, North Carolina passed away August 11, 2020 at 98 years of age. He was the son of the late Joseph Arthur Jones and Swanee Tulan Jones.


A World War II Veteran, Don served in the United States Navy throughout the entirety of World War II, and saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He spent 30 years with the JC Penney Company, and upon retirement, worked for Procter & Gamble, then for Kraft Company until he retired again at the age of 82.


He delivered Meals on Wheels for the McDowell Senior Center for many years.  He also enjoyed participating in the Senior Games. Don was active in First United Methodist Church in Marion.  He was an avid gardener.


In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by all 9 siblings, his wife and mother of his two children, Dorothy Jean Thompson Jones. 


Surviving family includes son Russell Jones and wife Julie of Taylorsville South Carolina, and daughter Marcia Sinclair and husband Ron of Marion North Carolina.  He is also survived by grandchildren Chris Sinclair and wife Michelle of New Bern, NC, Nikki Jones of Sylva, NC, Seth Jones of Valdese, NC and Josh Jones of Gastonia, NC; great-grandchildren Katelyn Sinclair of Anaheim, CA and Abigail Sinclair of New Bern, NC. Additional survivors include many nieces and nephews, and his best friend and companion, Judy McKinney of Marion, NC.


A graveside service in Maryville, TN will be announced at a later date.


Those wishing to make a donation in Don’s memory are asked to contribute to a charity of their choice.


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