Wes Jones

April 2, 1951January 27, 2020
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John Wesley "Wes" Jones, III, of Raleigh, passed away on January 27, 2020 following an extended illness. Wes was born to Ruth “Bouchie” Scott Jones and John Wesley Jones, Jr., on April 2, 1951 in Japan, where his father was stationed while in the US Army.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Kathy, daughters Lesley and Lindsay, and granddaughters, Aubrey and Alyanna. Surviving siblings are Janet Andrews, Katherine Carpenter, Gordon Jones, and David Jones. Also surviving are four nephews, three nieces, and one great-niece.

Wes grew up in Statesville, NC, graduating from Statesville High School in 1969. While at SHS, he played football and discovered a passion for music. This passion extended from his high school years to present, first playing in rock-n-roll bands and later in church praise bands for 20 years. Completely self-taught, he mastered several instruments but his favorite was his Fender Strat guitar.

After graduating from N.C. State University with a B.A. degree in Economics, Wes made his home in Raleigh. While at State, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity and became a diehard lifelong Wolfpack fan.

An expert in North Carolina history, Wes spent decades as a Civil War reenactor and living historian, and delighted in exploring his family’s ancestry and genealogy.

Wes retired from a career of nearly thirty years with Motorola. He served in various positions of sales and technical support for two-way communications, traveling extensively throughout the U.S. In retirement, Wes volunteered at the City of Raleigh Police Department and worked in the Police Service Center.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, February 22, at 2:00 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home in Raleigh. Family will receive friends during the reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Raleigh Ministries (hyperlink below).

If you would like to leave your favorite memory of Wes or a message of condolence to his family, you may do so below within "add a memory".


22 February

Celebration of Life Service

2:00 pm

Chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home

7209 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina

Family will receive friends during the reception to follow.


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Alex Altavilla

February 6, 2020


You are an angel of mercy. My time with Wes left a smile on my face and a rocking song in my heart. His service to the thin blue line will forever make him and your family part of the law enforcement brother/sisterhood. God has called Wes up to play in his band. Rock on my dear friend!!

diana miller

February 3, 2020

When Wes first met my cousin Kathy they came to visit me in Las Vegas. Wes found out that I was a quilter and he very thoughtfully brought me a gift of a book on North Carolina quilts. It is my favorite quilt book and it is typical of how thoughtful and generous Wes was.

Tom Reese

February 3, 2020

I hired Wes as a Service Manager for Motorola. He was a joy to work with. We had many outings together for golf, dinner, or just a drink or two. Always fun loving but always got the work done. I have many happy memories of my time with Wes. Wes was a fine man and I have been blessed to know him.
Tom Reese

Vaughn Lowman

February 3, 2020

Kathy & family, what an Inspiring man to know & share a few years of time together toward the end of his life here with us. Now I believe he is enjoying many rewards with the Lord. His time with us at the Raleigh Police Dept. was Exceptional, from his Extreme Dedication with functions here at the PSC, to help or plan or question or suggest other ways to consider keeping things organized... His insight was always appreciated & useful. He became part of the "family"! Many stories were shared & his humor was special too. He even taught us that we could not get typo's or informational errors past him... He was also relied on for his wisdom & experience to evaluate Fleet & Inventory issues. We miss him & know you do more than us, but we all have the memories how he touched & Blessed our lives. And toward the end when things were getting tougher, he kept fighting & desired to keep helping. May his Love & Care continue to bless & encourage you.

John Fraley

February 2, 2020

A friend since childhood and an all around good man, husband, sportsman, historian and avid musician. God bless Wes and all his family.

Diane Cato

February 1, 2020

First met West at Lifetime doing zumba classes, always enjoyed his smile in the back row. Kathy sorry for your lose.

Lisa Perry

January 31, 2020

Wes was a kind soul and will truly be missed. I always looked forward to his Facebook postings of pictures from the old days of his band, pictures tailgating, pictures at a re-enactment and of course pictures of him with cousin Kathy and the family. Judy and I send our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. Sending you lots of love and hugs.

Ruthann Walton

January 30, 2020

Kathy, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. Wes was one of a kind and will be missed by the many friends and family that he had connected with over the years. Of course, his constant teasing and tales of my matchmaking attempts and successes, as well as our shag dance lessons will remain in my heart forever. Please know Wes will be missed by many but all of our lives are fuller having had Wes as a friend. My deepest sympathies,
Love, Ruth.

Rick Walton

January 30, 2020

I am Very Sad to hear that my friend of many years, Wes Jones, has "crossed over the river to rest under the shade of the trees". He was more than just a friend. Wes recruited me into the 6th NCST, nurtured me as my 1st Sgt, mentored me as an NCO and supported me as an Officer. We rode together, marched together, and at the end of the day relaxed around the Campfire with our pards. My wife, Ruth, introduced him to his future bride Kathy extending our friendship even further. I will miss his guidence, his sense of humor and his company. I envy his ancestors and those famous Confederates, whose campfires I am sure he will find! Rest In Peace 'ol buddy.

Sissy Potts Shew

January 30, 2020

So sorry for your loss great memories of walking the halls of SHS with him such a fun filled high school boy who grew up to be a humble ma