The funeral for Joseph Leslie Jones, 85, of Orangeburg, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Highland Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stephen Broome officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Family Cemetery in Sawyerdale. Pallbearers will be Eric Rhoad, Evan Rhoad, Edward Rhoad, Ethan Rhoad and Mitchell Jones. Mr. Jones died Tuesday, March 4, at Morningside Assisted Living. Joseph Leslie Jones was born Feb. 15, 1929, in Salley, the son of the late Herbert O’Neal Jones and Lottie Levis Jones. Joe graduated from the The Citadel in 1950 and was discharged from the Army in 1953. He served in the Korean War. He then began his career at McCall-Thomas Engineering Co. as an electrical engineer and board member. He retired in 2003. He was active in church, Boy Scouts, the Orangeburg German-Swiss Society and the Kiwanis Club. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He was a kind friend to everyone. He enjoyed working with kids in Sunday school, researching his ancestry, learning to be a forester and exploring the potential use of gadgets. He was loved by so many family, friends and coworkers who will miss him dearly. Joe was predeceased by his wife, Joy Hodge Jones; son Joseph Neil Jones; sister Helen LeCroy; brother Herbert O’Neal Jones Jr.; and two granddaughters, Ellen and Katie. Joe is survived by daughter Leslie Joy Jones of Orangeburg; son James R. “Dick” Jones of Arkansas; son Jeffrey and wife Karrie Jones of Sharpsburg, Ga.; son Jason “Ted” Jones and wife Charlene of Sawyerdale; granddaughters Haley, Michelle, Ryanne, Rebecca, Kathryn, Jensen and Jailee; grandsons Eric, Evan, Edward, Ethan, Matthew and Mitchell; great-granddaughters Miley, Madelynn, Izabella, Alice, Pearl, Charlotte, Grace and Cate; great-grandsons Donovan, Nicholas, Aidan, Sergio, Jack, Alex, Parker, and two more great-grandchildren on the way. Friends may call at Thompson Funeral Home Inc. in Orangeburg. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Please sign the family’s online guest book at Tags: 1950

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