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James Ellis Jones

(James Ellis Jones SR)
February 18, 1924 - October 24, 2013
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James E. Jones was born February 18, 1924 to the late Lewis Jones and Leona Henry Jones in Jones County, Laurel, Mississippi. He departed this life at age 89 on October 24, 2013, at Pine Grove Healthcare & Wellness Centre in San Gabriel, CA. He was the oldest of three siblings, Bernice Jones of Pasadena, CA; Neithrobe P. Gore of San Fernando, CA; and a brother, Curlie E. Jones of Mississippi who in 1999 preceded him in death. James Ellis Jones attended Mt. Olive Vocational School in Mississippi prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army at the early age of 17 years. Months before he left for the Army he was joined in holy matrimony...
James E. Jones was born February 18, 1924 to the late Lewis Jones and Leona Henry Jones in Jones County, Laurel, Mississippi. He departed this life at age 89 on October 24, 2013, at Pine Grove Healthcare & Wellness Centre in San Gabriel, CA. He was the oldest of three siblings, Bernice Jones of Pasadena, CA; Neithrobe P. Gore of San Fernando, CA; and a brother, Curlie E. Jones of Mississippi who in 1999 preceded him in death.

James Ellis Jones attended Mt. Olive Vocational School in Mississippi prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army at the early age of 17 years. Months before he left for the Army he was joined in holy matrimony to Addie Lee McGowan on October 8, 1943 and their marriage lasted 34 years. Eight children were born of this union: Larry Jones of Denver, Colorado; Carolyn Parker of Altadena, CA; Kay Frances Jones of Ontario, CA; Nina Ashur, of Pasadena, CA; James E. Jones, Jr. of Altadena, CA; Ruth Lester of Rialto, CA; Timothy L. Jones of Canyon Country, CA; and Cecil Jones who preceded James in death in 1971. In addition to his children who will mourn his passing he leaves fourteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

James was a laborer and then a foreman at the Guy F. Atkinson construction company where he eventually retired in the late 1970s. He was involved in many of the freeway building jobs in and around Los Angeles and had great stories to tell about the construction of each. James enjoyed working on cars in his spare time and even built an extra garage in the backyard at his El Sereno house where friends and relatives would come and hang out. Later he took to purchasing cars that were of the classic type and then he would slowly and carefully restore the vehicle by redoing the upholstery, painting the exterior, and upgrading the engine. He also enjoyed visiting with his fellow members of The American Legion in Pasadena and with friends and family.

James E. Jones, Sr. was part of "The Greatest Generation." He served in WWII as part of the 991st Quartermaster Service Company and was a private in the U.S. Army from February 1943 to January 1946. James fought on the front lines in the Battle of the Philippine Islands after the Japanese invaded. He earned the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars and the World War II Victory Medal. James we salute you for your service and sacrifice!

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October 31, 2013
"To the Jones family. My name is Rose and James was a good friend of mine. I had not seen him in a few years but about a month and half ago I was sure that it was he driving his van. I wish that I could have been close enough to speak. Now I will..." -Rose Ligon
(Pomona - Pasadena, CA)

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