Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 E Washington, DeWitt, MI


Norman Junior Jones

June 11, 1922June 22, 2020

Norman Junior Jones, age 98, of DeWitt, Michigan passed away June 22, 2020. He was born June 11, 1922 in Bradford, Arkansas.

Norm moved to Michigan in the early 40's and worked at a fruit canning factory in Kalamazoo. He then worked at Fischer Body in the paint department for over 30 years and retired in 1970. During his retirement years, he and his wife of over 65 years, Mary Lola, spent their winters in Arkansas where they enjoyed time with their family. Norm loved farming in his spare time and he and Lola always tended a large garden together. Norm and Lola were the founders of the DeWitt Baptist Church that he loved so much. He then lovingly cared for Lola for years during her illness. After his wife's passing he enjoyed spending time with his good friend, Fay Jones.

Norm was preceded in death by his wife, Lola; parents, Claude and Ada (Long) Jones; brother, Vernon Jones; and sisters, Betty Watson and Nadine Robinson. Surviving to cherish his memory are son, Charles "Butch" (Linda) Jones; grandchildren, David (Kelly) Jones, Lisa Goucher, Greg Goucher; great grandchildren, Brandon Jones, Kyle Jones, and Trycen Jones.

A visitation for Norman will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E Washington, DeWitt. The funeral service will take place Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Dewitt, 11068 S Dewitt Rd, with visitation form 10:00 am until the service. Committal service to follow at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grdewitt.com for the Jones family.


  • David Jones
  • Brandon Jones
  • Kyle Jones
  • Greg Goucher

  • First Baptist Church of DeWitt
  • The Care Team Hospice



  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020


  • Committal Service


Norman Junior Jones

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Angie Baum

July 8, 2020

I had the privilege to deliver a meal once a month to Mr. Jones through the meals on wheels program for about 5 years. I always looked forward to my 10 minute visit with him. He would tell me all about his family, his childhood, his late wife who he loved so dearly and would often get a little teary eyed talking about, and his son down the road who took good care of him. He was a joy to be around and he loved it when I would bring him Rice Krispie treats for his Birthday (it was our little secret). I switched jobs about a year and a half ago which meant I would no longer be in the area to deliver his meals. He gave me a tearful hug goodbye. I stopped by his place a few times to catch up, but never caught him at home. I just heard of his passing and wanted to pass along my condolences. He was an absolutely incredible man and I am so glad I was able to get to know him.
Angie Baum

Kathryn Schaefer

June 24, 2020

Most of my childhood memories are with "Mrs. Jones and Norman" as I always called them. Norm and Lola loved me as if I was their own and amusingly tolerated all my antics. I so cherish the unconditional love they gave me, and feel peace that they are together again in Heaven. May beautiful memories provide you comfort.
My deepest sympathies at your loss. You are in my prayers.
With love,
Kathy (Ainslie) Schaefer

Richard Ainslie

June 23, 2020

Norm, and his bride Lola became our neighbors in the 60s. More than neighbors, they became friends, helpers, confidants and wonderful examples of love and commitment to each other.
Our families became close and we shared in their mutual growth. Their example of Southern dignity, southern cuisine and kindness have been woven into our family. Prayers to their remaining loved ones and gratitude for the way that they lived and loved. We are better for their generous lives shared with us. God Bless

David Jones

June 23, 2020