Willis H. Jones

Published 10:15 pm Sunday, October 24, 2010

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Willis H. Jones slipped his earthly bonds Oct 14, 2010 in Palo Alto, Calif., where he ascended to God’s golden shore.

He was met there by his beloved wife Nina; dear daughters, Rebecca Corder and Denise Jackal; granddaughter, Denise Connell; his dear father and mother, John and Artince Jones; his brothers, Marshall and Robert Jones and his cherished sisters, Louise Dollins and Judy Jones.

He was born in Lotti, on Feb 3, 1927, and raised there with love. He graduated from Baldwin County High School, and upon graduation served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. When his tour of duty was complete, he enrolled at Auburn University, under the GI Bill. When he left Auburn, he went to Manhatten Beach Calif. and started his career with RTD, which he loved so very much. Upon retirement he took great comfort in his grandson, Eric Jones, who had been a son to him.

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He leaves behind his daughter. Deidra Szymanski and her husband, Christopher; her sons, Eric and Keith; her daughter, Elise Fontenot; his brother, Stan Jones and sisters, Opal Smith, Betty Womack, Lois Sanderson and Maxine Lacey to mourn his great loss. Eric’s wife, Jenny, and their children, Zoie and Jesse James, will forever miss Grandpa. He had eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. That is a whole lot of love.

Willis was a good honest man who loved his family, worshiped the Lord and served his country with pride and dignity. He was our Hero. He was laid to rest on Thursday Oct 21, 2010 at the Arlington portion of Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. at 1 p.m. with full military honors.