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Remembering Bill Jones

JONES William Frank Jones, Jr. aka Bill, Mr. Bill, Superman, Battman, age 66, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 in Baptist Medical Center, downtown, after a 10 year battle with metastatic melanoma. He was born in Milan, Tennessee in 1946 to William Frank Jones and Wilodean Tosh Jones. He was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. He attended Southside Grammar School and Hogan-Spring Glen, and graduated from Englewood High School in 1964. He attended St Johns River Junior College in Palatka before enlisting in the US Army. He served his 3 years stateside in Huntsville, AL at Redstone Arsenal, as a microwave radar instructor. Following his honorable discharge in 1970 he returned to Jacksonville to work for his father at Wilkinson Insulation Co, Inc, a career path he never left, becoming President of the company. He was scrupulously honest and fair in all his dealings with everyone. In August 1971 he met, on a blind date, another native Tennessean, Patricia Mahan (Pat). They were married on May 6, 1972 and enjoyed 41 wonderful years together. Their marriage produced daughters Kimberly Melissa in 1975, Amy Barbara in 1976, and son Jeffrey Michael in 1981. He loved his children and wife with all his heart. He was baptized at Englewood Christian Church and in 1989 joined Southside Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, Sunday School teacher and led the Royal Ambassadors for many years. He loved his Lord. He is survived by his wife Pat, daughters Kim Jones, Amy Jones Saladino and her husband Frank, son Jeff Jones and his wife Sarah Howell, his mother Wilodean Jones, sister Jo Swallow (Gary), brother Mike Jones, sister-in-law Melissa Nicol (Charlie), step-granddaughter, Lorena Saladino, niece Emily Swallow, nephews Brian Swallow (Shaara) and Daniel Jones, and many other loving relatives and friends. He was diagnosed with melanoma in 2003 and fought it with grace and courage at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX and Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL. His last 3 weeks were spent in Baptist Medical Center, downtown where he received generous, loving care. Highlights of Bill’s life include fun summer weekends at the family lake house in Pomona Park, sharing his love of NASCAR with son Jeff, running 18 Gate River Runs, being Jeff’s best man, walking Amy down the aisle, cheering on Seminoles, and most especially a family trip to Italy in 2006 for his 60th birthday. He fought the good fight, kept the faith, finished the race. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday July 25, 2013 in Southside Baptist Church, 1435 Atlantic Blvd., with Rev. Gary Webber officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to one of the following: MD Anderson Cancer Center, box 4486, Houston TX 77210-4486 (www.mdanderson.org/gifts), Southside Baptist Church, Baptist Medical Center – Jacksonville Heart Center Fund.