February 13, 1939 - August 30, 2019
OBITUARY BENNY (Ben) FLOYD JONES February 13, 1939 – August 30, 2019 Ben Jones, age 80, died at his home on Friday, August 30, 2019, where he was surrounded by family. Born in Knoxville and raised in Coalfield, Tennessee, Ben was the son of Clarence and Rheba Louise Jones. After graduating from Coalfield High School, he attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, and Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee. He served in the US Army, 1958-1961, with honorable discharge in 1961, then served with the Army National Guard Reserves until honorable discharge in 1965. He married Mary Faye Wilson on October 2, 1959, in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, where they lived with a growing family until 1965, when they moved to Chattanooga. He continued his college studies while working full time at Combustion Engineering and raising four children with Mary. He ultimately graduated with a BS degree in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1970. Ben's engineering career spanned five decades and four continents, working primarily in heavy construction project management for firms that included Combustion Engineering, Boiler Tube Company of America, Götaverken Energy Systems, Ahlstrom Machinery, J.A. Jones Construction, Kvaerner Power, Lockwood Greene, and Shaw Group, in addition to a prolific consulting business. Ben and Mary moved to Charlotte in 1986. They were very active members of Christ Lutheran Church Providence. Ben’s hobbies included woodworking, cooking, and gardening, which he often used in support of his most important passion, which was service to the church, the community, and the needs of those less fortunate. He built furniture for the church, taught handyman skills to middle school students, and provided transportation for children and the elderly to attend church functions. He was a fixture in the Christ Lutheran Church “Growing to Give” ministry, which is a garden club that provides vegetables to various food pantries in the area. He often cooked meals for large church and neighborhood gatherings. His wife, Mary, preceded him in death on May 29, 2011, after having been married nearly 52 years. Four children survive: Sonja Jones Stemple and husband, Harry, who live in Valley Bend, West Virginia; Kevin Wilson Jones of Gainesville, Georgia; Shannon Todd Jones and fiancée, Holly Dial, of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Sherrena Jones Aycoth and husband, Shane, of Woodstock, Georgia. Surviving are three granddaughters, Sara Nicole Marquis, age 37, Erin Olivia Aycoth, age 15, and Ashley Nicole Jones, age 31; as well as three grandsons, Jeremy Benjamin Jones, age 21, Bennett Cole Aycoth, age 17, and William Edward Jones, age 30. Also surviving are two sisters, Sherrena Jones Forester of Springfield, Virginia, who was preceded in death by husband, Donald Wayne Forester in September 2011; and Jennilyn Jones Lester of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In Tennessee, three sisters-in-law survive; Alma Wilson Wright, whose husband, Willard, is deceased, Rita Wilson Barger and husband William, and Sheila Wilson Church, whose husband, HP, is deceased. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins live in Tennessee, Virginia, and Ohio. The family would like to express deep appreciation to the church leadership, particularly Pastor Scott Suskovic and Music Minister Mark Glaeser, and to the church members who have reached out so graciously during Ben's illness and continue to do so since his death. The family also extends gratitude to his dedicated neighbors and to his many friends and former colleagues who have offered support. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to Christ Lutheran Church (Providence) Garden Ministry or the American Lung Association. Thank you. There will be a “Celebration of Life” service on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00PM at: Christ Lutheran Church (Providence) - 4519 Providence Rd - Charlotte, NC 28226 – Reception to Follow in the Lower Commons. The service will be live-streamed on the church website for those unable to attend - https://churchflow.tv/christelca
OBITUARY BENNY (Ben) FLOYD JONES February 13, 1939 – August 30, 2019 Ben Jones, age 80, died at his home on Friday, August 30, 2019, where he was surrounded by family. Born in Knoxville and raised in Coalfield, Tennessee, Ben was the... View Obituary & Service Information
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BENNY (Ben) FLOYD JONES
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