PRINCETON, W.Va. - Edward Earl Jones, 72, of 1101 Park Ave., Princeton, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at Princeton Community Hospital. Born Jan. 29, 1933, in McComas, he was the son of the late Edward and Ida B. Jones. He retired after 35 years of service with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways. In 1954, he was employed by Piedmont Airlines in Norfolk, Va. He then transferred to Richmond, Va., before moving to Bluefield to serve as manager of Piedmont Airlines. In 1966, he worked in Charleston for nine months before being promoted to LaGuardia Airport in New York, where he opened Piedmont Operations at LaGuardia, Newark and Kennedy airports. After 14 years in New York, he served as regional director of Airports for Piedmont at their home office in Winston-Salem, N.C., before retiring to Princeton in March 1989. Ed was a 1950 graduate of McComas High School and a graduate of West Virginia Business College in Bluefield. He was a member of Kee Street United Methodist Church. He was a member of Princeton Rotary Club, Princeton Moose Lodge 1591, Princeton Elks Lodge 1459 and Princeton Jaycees. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Sue Farmer Jones, of Princeton; aunt Mae Simpkins of Princeton; and several cousins in the U.S. and Wales, United Kingdom. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton, with the Rev. Greg Godwin officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 20, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kee Street United Methodist Church, 311 Kee St., Princeton, WV 24740; the American Red Cross, 210 Bland St., Bluefield, WV 24701; the Salvation Army, 300 Princeton Ave., Princeton, WV 24740; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Published in the Winston-Salem Journal on 10/20/2005.
Robert H. Reed, Curator
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