Mr. William (Bill) Edward Jones, Jr. was born on November 6, 1944, to the late Mr. William Eddward Jones, Sr. and Mrs. River Lee Clark Jones. He was the third of four children.
During his early years, the family lived in downtown Jackson, MS, on Hamilton Street before relocating to Meadow Street in the Georgetown area of Jackson. Bill attended Bethlehem Center for Kindergarten and Mary C. Jones Elementary School. He then attended Lanier Junior and Senior High School, where he graduated in 1962. While attending Lanier, Bill was most proud of being the trombone section leader of the band. Two of his favorite hobbies were playing basketball and dancing. He must have been a fairly proficient dancer because this skill led to him meeting Sarah Frances Porter at a party held by a mutual friend. This meeting blossomed into a marriage that would last nearly fifty years and produce two children and six grandchildren.
Following his high school graduation, Bill attended Alcorn A & M College for one year, then he transferred to Jackson State College, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in biology. He furthered his education by moving his young family to Atlanta, GA, where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Library Service. The family then relocated to Pittsburg, PA, where Bill attended the University of Pittsburg and obtained an Advanced Certificate in Library and Information Science.
After leaving Pittsburg, the Joneses live in Hattiesburg, MS; Ocala, FL; and Perry, FL, where Bill taught high school before returning to Jackson. This is where he became a realtor and worked for Moman's Realty Company. After learning all he could about the business, he ventured on his own and formed Peoples Realty Company, where he built, sold, and appraised homes in the Jackson area for nearly twenty years.
Throughout his many years, in reality, Bill never forgot his academic roots. He longed to return to the collegiate environment and began working at his alma mater, now named Jackson State University, as a librarian and an assistant professor of Library Science. He held this position for over twenty-one years and touched countless lives by teaching and guiding students through their college experiences.
Visitation hours Monday, July 15, 2019, from 12-7 p.m. Peoples Funeral Home located at 886 N. Farish Street - Jackson, MS 39202
Funeral Service Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 12:00 noon. at Anderson United Methodist Church located at Hanging Moss Road -Jackson, MS
Interment: Garden Memorial Park Cemetery
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