January 27, 1923 – June 9, 2018
William, better known as Bill, was born in Whitwell, TN on January 27, 1923 to RC and Janey Jones. The family moved to the Dinsmore area in 1930 where Bill spent most of his life. In 1939 Bill attended auto engine school in Tampa, FL. World War II interrupted his schooling as he enlisted in the United States Coast Guards where he served from 1941-1945. Bill survived the sinking of his ship off the coast of Halifax. Bill was later involved in the search for the last three Avenger aircraft, which were found decades later. Bill met Rita Hamel in Fall River, MA and were married in 1944 until Rita passed away in 1999. Bill then married Lois who later passed away. He is survived by Billy (Patsy) Jones of Great Falls, MT and Barbara Bruce of Macclenney, FL; six grandchildren, fourteen greatgrandchildren, and four great-greatgrandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother RC Jones Jr., the love of his life Rita and his second wife Lois. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 13 at 11am at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home with a graveside service to follow at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, Florida, 32257 are encouraged. You may leave words of comfort and sympathy at www.HGRiversideFuneralHome.com . HARDAGE-GIDDENS, RIVERSIDE MEMORIAL PARK and FUNERAL HOME, 7242 Normandy Boulevard is serving the family.
- Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
- Graveside Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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