William Cecil Jones passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 10, 2020. He was 88 years young. Cecil was the son of the late James Paul Jones and Nellie Irene Butler Jones. He was born on the Baltimore estate and grew up with fond memories of he and his siblings working and having fun on the estate. He was very proud of his family and enjoyed spending time telling stories about his life and experiences.
He served in the United States Air Force for 3years 9 months during the Korean War along with his brother Martin who was in the US Army. After returning from the war, he enrolled in University of North Carolina at Chappell Hill, completing his Bachelor’s degree in business and chemistry at Western Carolina University. During this time, is when he met and married the love of his life, Ima Jean Davis. While courting Ima Jean, he started his career as a materials chemist for American Enka Company, moving on to work for Southern Coating & Chemicals in Columbia, South Carolina. After a few years, he moved his family to Tampa, Florida where he worked for Western Auto until he retired. He and Ima Jean returned to the Asheville area, residing in Marshall, NC. They were married for 50 years.
Cecil had been active all his life and had a passion for gardening flowers. He loved to share his passion with his family and friends, creating a living display of color in his yard. In addition to his flowers, he loved just working in his yard, making it his pride and joy. Over the last few years, you could find him sitting on his front porch admiring the view, and marveling that he lived in “God’s Country”.
He is preceded in death by his late wife, Ima Jean Davis Jones, his brother Paul Martin Jones, and his sister, Juanita Jones Holcombe Sweet.
He is survived by his sisters, Shelby Stines, Doris Ann Haney and husband Charles Haney, Natalie Meece and Linda Kay Waycaster; his son, Timothy William Jones and wife Karla Jones; three granddaughters, Audrey (18), Erin (17) and Loren (14). He had many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
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