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11/02/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Von Jones

Von Alton Jones, Sr.
(02 May 1921 - 29 Oct 2016)

Newport News High School Class of June 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 The sad news has returned today.    Von Jones, Class of June '39, brother of the late Uldine Jones Tolbert McMahon (Class of @ 1941) and Jean Jones Aniello, passed away in North Carolina on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the age of 95.

From Robert Raper ('68) of NC - 11/01/16:

Hello fellow Typhoons.

We have another Typhoon Angel in heaven: Von Alton Jones, Sr., Class of 39.

   I'm so sorry to learn this, Robert, but thank you for bringing it to our attention! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

From the Virginian Pilot - 11/01/16:

                  Von Alton Jones, Sr.
  AYDEN, NC - Mr. Von Alton Jones Sr., 95, died Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living Community. His wishes were no service and no visitation. Farmer Funeral Service will have the obituary and guest book online at

Born in Goldsboro, NC in 1921 and raised in Newport News, VA; Von lived most of his life in Portsmouth, VA and Hertford, NC.

He was a 1939 graduate of Newport News High School. His entire career was associated with work on naval vessels. He began in the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock in 1939.

He served in the the U.S. Navy during WW II from 1944 to 1946.

Von Jones

He continued his career in Newport News as an Electronics Apprentice. After completing his apprenticeship he advanced through the years, first as a welder, a Ship Surveyor and finally retiring as an Electronics Technician GS-12, where he worked as a valued member of the DOD Combat Systems Team of SUPSHIP 5. After retirement he worked for Atlantic Ordinance for several years, then, went back to college to receive two Associate Degrees.

In addition to his parents, Pearl Lewis Jones and James Henry Daniel Jones, I, Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his dear sister, Uldine Jones McMahon, who lovingly called him “brother” and sister, Jean Jones Aniello.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Rose C. Jones; his children, Ann J. Owens of Maryland; Von A. Jones, Jr.; Margaret J. Gallalee and husband, Roger, of Ayden, NC; Danny Jones of Springfield, VA; Kay J. Lee and husband, Richard, of Ayden; 5 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his long-time friend, Joel Atkins.

The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Brookdale Senior Living and Community Home Care and Hospice, who cared for him. We would also like to extend a special thanks to Jonna Gurganus and Denise Turnage.

In lieu of flowers and the “other stuff” (his words), Von’s wish was, in his words, “You are never too old to learn, make a contribution to a Community College of your choice, that is where the foundation of education begins.”

Published in the Virginian Pilot on November 1, 2016.
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November 01, 2016

I worked with Von Jones, Jack Sparks, Shady Lane, Bobby Crowder, and Joel Atkins. They all made it a wonderful fun place to work. Many fond memories of Von. Rest in Peace, Dear Von.

~ Bonnie

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Von's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Words by Edward Hopper (1816-1888)
Music by John E. Gould (1822-1875)

 Jesus Savior, pilot me over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will, when Thou say'st to them "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore and the fearful breakers roar,
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest; then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me, "Fear not, I will pilot thee."

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea.
Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

- Mark 4:39

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