Eckess Jones

November 28, 1931January 13, 2016

Hugh Eckess Jones, Jr., 83, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2016, at his home in Colfax, NC. Eckess was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, on November 28, 1932 to the late Hugh Eckess Jones, Sr. and Lillian Hall Jones.

Eckess graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1954 and then served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army, 1954-56.

He married Anne Nelson Jones in 1956, and they moved to Greensboro, where he owned Jones Fur Service until his retirement in 1994. Eckess was a longtime member of the Greensboro Rotary Club (past president), Jaycees, the Natural Science Center (past president) and General Greene Boy Scout Council (past president). Eckess was Scoutmaster of Troop 216 for 10 years and his leadership produced 42 Eagle Scouts, including his three sons. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1977 from the Boy Scouts for distinguished service to youth. Eckess enjoyed travelling, hiking, biking and working with wood, producing many beautiful bowls and wonderful furniture pieces. He and Anne spent many summers at their home on Beech Mountain, NC.

Eckess is survived by his wife, Anne, of 59 years of the home, his sons, Hugh Nelson Jones and wife Sally of Greensboro, David James Jones and wife Catherine of High Point, Andrew Alan Jones and wife Cara Mia of Boca Raton, Florida, daughter, Molly Jones Burns and husband Joseph of Greensboro. Also surviving are his nine grandchildren, Molly Brooks Jones of Greensboro, Katherine Jones Breeding and husband Matthew of Charlotte, Margaret Jones Ott and husband Taylor of Greensboro, Hugh Graham Jones of Anchorage, Alaska, Laura Jones Davis and husband Ryan of Roanoke, Virginia, David Nelson Jones of Jackson, Wyoming, Joseph Eugene Burns, Jr, John Beauregard Burns, and Marguerite Anne Burns, all of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by two great grandchildren, John Grady Davis of Roanoke, Virginia, and Sullivan Claire Ott of Greensboro. Eckess is also survived by his brother, James Edward Jones and wife Sandra, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm. A private inurnment ceremony will be held prior to the funeral service. The family will receive friends after the service in the Virginia Gilmer Room. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Old North State Boy Scout Council, 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC 27408.

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Paul Marvin

January 21, 2016

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Eckess. It's funny how so many fond memories of spending time with the Joneses come flooding back. I am thinking about you all want to pass on my condolences.

Lundee Amos

January 19, 2016

My heart saddened when I heard that
Eckess passed. I remember his welcoming, enthusiastic personality. He loved sharing his wooden masterpieces. His joy always will be with me. I send heartfelt sympathy to Ann and the family. Much love, Lundee

Rob Helton

January 18, 2016

Mr Jones was a Scouting legend, and contributed to the lives of so many boys.

I worked at council camp Wenasa with David one year and Andy another. Got to know their dad briefly through his troop there.

Hugh, David, Andy I'm sorry for your loss.
Rob Helton

David Burleson

January 15, 2016

Even though Eckess was a visitor at the Avery Rotary Club, his kind spirit energized our club throughout the summer. He will be greatly missed and his service to his community though Rotary will not be replaced.

Judy Nye

January 15, 2016

Eckess will be sorely missed by his Avery County Rotary Club buddies. He was a special person. Peace be with you as you adjust to his absence.

DeLee Scott

January 15, 2016

Eckess was a joy to know. He had such an engaging personality and will be missed by many.

Larry Hazen

January 15, 2016

Our club is saddened to hear of your loss. Eckess was a good friend of our club, and everyone was fond of him without exception. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help in the High Country.

On behalf of the Avery County Rotary

Therese Barry

January 15, 2016

I am so sorry. May memories of happier times bring peace and comfort. God bless.

Tom Hester

January 15, 2016

Eckess had a significant influence on my life as I was growing into young manhood. He encouraged and empowered Hugh and his friends to go on many great adventures during high school and college, and as a friend of Hugh's I was a fortunate beneficiary of his support. He facilitated a great trip to Philmont Scout Ranch, he helped us run a painting company in college, he sent us on a canoe trip to Canada, and he and Anne opened their Beech Mountain home to us many times. I cherish these experiences and memories. I send thank you to Eckess, and my deepest sympathy to the Jones family.

Bob Muir

January 15, 2016

I am very sad to learn of Eckess' passing! Eckess and I were among the founding members of the Piedmont Triad Woodturners Association in 1990 and Eckess was a faithful member for many years. He presented to the club's membership excellent demonstrations on at least five different topics. He loved sharing what he had learned from experience and from attending many classes at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.
Bob Muir