Mr. Virgil C. âPeteâ Jones, 84, of Lynn, passed away at Reid Health on Friday, November 18.
He was born in Lynn, Indiana on June 14, 1932 to Virgil F. and Virginia Ruth Wright Jones, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a 1950 graduate of Lynn High School. He attended Earlham College for two years before transferring to Ball State University, where he earned his Bachelorâs Degree. He entered the US Army and served 18 months in Berlin, Germany, where his duties included teaching English to military personnel. After military service, he returned to Ball State to earn his Masterâs Degree and completed 15 hours toward a doctorate.
Mr. Jones taught for 10 years at Westview Elementary School in Richmond. He was appointed mid-term as principal of Joseph Moore Elementary School, becoming the youngest principal in Richmond Schools. His administrative career went another 26 years at Westview, Joseph Moore, Parkview Elementary School and Vaile Elementary School before his retirement in June 1989. Mr. Jones was a past president of the local principals association, past president of the Indiana Principals Association and member of the Indiana State Teachers Association.
Mr. Jones attended the New Liberty Christian Church in Lynn. He enjoyed IU and Pacers basketball, Colts football and playing golf. He enjoyed watching World War Two movies, mystery movies of all kinds and was a very avid reader. He was proud of the stories he had written and published in Farm World. He also enjoyed working with raw clay to create ceramic pieces with his potterâs wheel and kiln.
Mr. Jones will be missed by his wife of 60 years, the former Martha Murray, who he married August 18, 1956; sons, Mike Jones and his wife, Judy; Joe Jones and his wife, Arlana; three grandchildren, Amanda, Andrew, & Christopher Jones; sister, Nancy J. Loveall; two nieces and one nephew.
Pastor Dale Bales will celebrate Mr. Jonesâ life at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. An honor guard will deliver military rites immediately following the service. Interment at a later date will follow in Quaker Lynn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Family and friends may gather from 11:00 a.m. â 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the New Liberty Christian Church, 605 West 700 South, Lynn, IN 47355.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithmcquistonwebster.com .