Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

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James Dudley Jones

1 November , 194911 July , 2019

James Dudley Jones, age 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born November 1, 1949, in Chattanooga, TN, he was the son of the late James Lee Jones and Lillie Ann Dean Jones.

Dudley was raised in Greensboro, NC, where he graduated from Page High School and received his bachelors degree from UNC Greensboro. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC, and had retired from Sears, where he had worked for over 25 years. Dudley enjoyed watching baseball, playing golf, going to the beach, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was also a veteran of the US Air Force.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Jones Lasley, and a brother, Roger Allen Jones.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Ellen Neill Jones of Hickory, NC; daughter, Kimberly Jones Bolyard and husband Charles “Chip” of Harrisonburg, VA; son, Chester “Chet” Allen Jones and wife Ayaho of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren, Atticus Bolyard, Parker Bolyard, Kai Jones, and Aya Jones; and brother-in-law, Bob Neill and wife Patty of Claremont, NC.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in the Trinity Chapel of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Christopher Webb officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service. A private graveside service will be held prior to the service at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, NC.

Condolences may be sent to the Jones family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 9580, Hickory, NC, 28603 or to the Children’s Hope Alliance, PO Box 1, Barium Springs, NC, 28010.

The Jones family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Hickory, NC.


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Ann Gardner

14 July 2019

So sorry to hear about Dudley. Prayers lifted to you & family.

Rhyne & Diane Maynard

13 July 2019

We will miss Dudley's sweet smile and conversations . We know he is free of pain and enjoying peace and joy now. Our prayers are with Ellen and all his family and hope that their tears and grief will turn back into smiles when they remember sweet Dudley in the future.
We are here for you,
Rhyne and Diane

Chipper Graves

12 July 2019

I grew up in Greensboro and made friends with "Dud" sometime in early high school. We had a few other friends too and played a lot of basketball, football, etc. Summer nights we'd head out to a community center and hang out, playing ball. We had a lot of fun and I have stories. I regret not seeing my friend one more time. We connected just last year and for that I am grateful. I am so glad he found his true love and had, and has, a wonderful family, of whom he was so proud. Most of his side of our latest communication was about his family. As you said Ellen, he is in a better place and I miss him, but not like you all. God bless you all and may God grant you peace quickly.