Billy Ray Jones "Bill"
age 66, passed away on March 19, 2014, at his home in Arlington, WA. Bill was born to Claude and Mary Jones in Bremerton, WA on August 19, 1947. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1965. He met Michelle Ahrens late in 1964 and they were married on December 31, 1966. He went into the Navy in October 1966 and served for four years. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Viet Nam Service Medal with three bronze stars, the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal with device, and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. He was released from active duty in June 1970 while stationed aboard the USS Hornet which was undergoing restoration in Bremerton. Just prior to returning to Seattle, they welcomed the arrival of their first daughter Sharlyne Jones. They found a house near Bill's folks and he went to work at the Pinehurst IGA which he later purchased. He then went on to receive his bachelor's degree in finance and marketing from the University of Washington. Bill held a career as a grocer, business owner and manager and spent over 45 years in the grocery business before retiring in 2003. He was an avid Seahawks fan and we are ever so grateful that he was able to see them win a Superbowl this last January. He also enjoyed playing chess, but never had anyone to play it with until recently when his granddaughter Tanisha sparked interest in the game. Other hobbies that Bill enjoyed included cooking, listening to classic rock, fishing, golf, restoring a 1956 Chevy, bird watching, playing pool, playing card games with his family, doing puzzles (rest assured, if a puzzle piece was missing it was a guarantee that Bill had it.), and tinkering with a multitude of numerous other hobbies. He loved his three dogs Kirby, Junior and Little Bit and his cat Dixie. Bill was preceded in death very recently by both his parents and missed them very much. We hope he is with them and having a good talk. He is survived by his beloved wife; Michelle, by his precious daughters; Sharlyne R. Jones and Serena R Tucker, by his beautiful sisters Sheryle A. English and Pamela L. Jones and by his gorgeous granddaughter Tanisha R. Jones. Bill will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. A memorial service for Bill will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home, 4504 Broadway in Everett, WA on Sunday, March 30, 2014, beginning at 1:00pm. Please visit www.evergreen-fh.com
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