HICKORY James Dudley Jones, 69, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born Nov. 1, 1949, in Chattanooga, Tenn., he was the son of the late James Lee Jones and Lillie Ann Bean Jones. Dudley was raised in Greensboro, where he graduated from Page High School and received his Bachelors degree from UNC Greensboro. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory, and had retired from Sears, where he had worked for over 25 years. Dudley enjoyed watching baseball, playing golf, going to the beach, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Jones Lasley; and a brother, Roger Allen Jones. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Ellen Neill Jones of Hickory; daughter, Kimberly Jones Bolyard and husband, Charles "Chip", of Harrisonburg, Va.; son, Chester "Chet" Allen Jones and wife, Ayaho, of Greensboro; grandchildren, Atticus Bolyard, Parker Bolyard, Kai Jones, and Aya Jones; and brother-in-law, Bob Neill and wife, Patty, of Claremont. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 13, in the Trinity Chapel of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Christopher Webb officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service. A private graveside service will be held prior to the service at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 9580, Hickory, NC, 28603; or to the Children's Hope Alliance, P.O. Box 1, Barium Springs, NC, 28010. Condolences may be sent to the Jones family at www.drumfh-hickory.com. The Jones family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Hickory, NC.
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