Ardis Jones

 Three days following his 72nd wedding anniversary, Ardis Jones, 91, died on August 19, 2014 at home in Madison, Mississippi with his wife, Muriel, at his side. He was a long time active member and Deacon of Alta Woods Baptist Church in Jackson, MS, serving in  many areas of leadership through the years. He was the retired District Director for the U. S. Government Small Business Administration in Jackson MS. He was a loving and devoted Christian husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Survivors include his wife, Muriel Dunn Jones of Madison, MS, son Larry Jones (Debbie) of Lexington, KY, son Ronnie Jones (Karen) of Ridgeland, MS, and daughter-in-law Pam  Jones of Starkville, MS. He is also survived by his brother, Rev. C. W. “Jack” Jones (Moeice) of Winnfield, LA, Grandchildren Sonya Michelle Jones Olech, Castleberry, FL, Dean Jones, San Francisco, CA, Matthew Jones (Ashley) of Atex, NC; and Michael Jones (Krista), Gluckstadt, MS, and great granddaughter, Magnolia Claire Jones, Atex, NC. Other sur vivors include numerous step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mr. Jones was born in Atlanta, LA on April 15th, 1923 to the late Rufus T. Jones and the late Nena Elizabeth Jones. He was also preceded in death by six brothers, Archie L. Jones, Wesley D. Jones, Curtis A. Jones, Dr. E.Carl Jones, infant Buddy Jones, and Raymond D. Jones.  Mr. Jones was an honor graduate of Atlanta High School, Class of 1939, and the Huey P. Long Memorial Trade School in Winnfield. He accepted employment with the U. S. Government Small Business Administration in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he met and married the love of his life, Muriel, on August 16, 1942. He later was transferred to offices in Dallas, Texas, Greenville, MS, Washington, D.C.,  and Jackson, MS. He retired as the District Director for the U. S. Government Small Business Administration in Jackson. Cpl. Ardis Jones was a World War II Veteran, enlisting in October 1943 and received Basic Training at Ft. Custer, Michigan. He later trained at an advanced Military Police Base and upon completion of this course, was sent to Ft. George C. Meade, Maryland, before his being stationed overseas in the European Theater of Operations. He served his country as a Military Policeman proudly with dignity and honor. For over twenty years he and Muriel enjoyed their retirement years residing in Madison, MS. Memorial services were held at the Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel, Friday afternoon, August 22, 2014 with Rev. Sid Johnson, Senior Adult pastor of Alta Woods Baptist Church, officiating. Following the service, Mr. Jones was laid to rest in the Highland Colony Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland, MS. Pallbearers included grandsons Dean Jones and Michael Jones and friends of Alta Woods Baptist Church, Jackson, MS.   
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