Benjamin W. Jones
Benjamin William Jones, 91, of Savannah, Georgia died peacefully on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Savannah, Georgia. He was born on May 22, 1921 in Berne to Dr. Daniel Dailey Jones and Margaret Maggie Pearl Rawley. After enlisting in the Marines in 1941, he traveled to Atlanta where he met, and after a brief courtship, married Juhn Lorraine Parish. He was married to her for 59 years before she passed away.
Following WWII, he attended Georgia Tech where he studied engineering. An engineer through-and-through, his career spanned 35 years working and leading in the fields of construction and mechanical and electrical engineering. He retired in 1987. There wasn't anything he couldn't build or fix. He converted to Roman Catholicism in 1955 and was a long-time member of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, Georgia. He served in many capacities at the Cathedral including singing in the choir, serving as an usher, Eucharistic minister, and as a volunteer after his retirement. He also volunteered for more than 10 years at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia in the oncology services department. In Savannah, he was a member of the Knights Of Columbus, Islands Council, American Legion Post 184, Generation One, Smart Seniors and the Tuesday Night Supper Club. He also enjoyed Monday morning bingo at the Whitemarsh Island Community Center. He was a long-time Atlanta Braves fan and member of the Braves 400 Club. He was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church where he attended daily mass and participated with the senior group Forever Young.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Gloria Sheffield Jones; daughter, Jodie (Dale) Davis of Newnan, Georgia; son, Collin Danny (Carol) Jones of Loganville, Georgia; two grandchildren, Michael (Julie) Jones; and Mathew (Melissa) Jones; two great-grandchildren Tully Jones; and Kyla Jones; three nephews, Rawley D. (Joyce) Jones, II; Thomas A. (Beth) Jones; and Kerry R. (Debra) Jones; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two older brothers, Robert Jones; and Rawley D. Jones.