HIGH POINT, N.C. - Jasper Dean "Jack" Jones, age 87, passed away peacefully on Aug. 22, 2017, at Hospice Home of High Point.
He was born on Dec. 23, 1929, on a tobacco farm in Oxford, North Carolina, a son of the late Charles Flournoy Jones Sr. and Lillian Dean Jones. Jasper graduated from Oxford High School, where he drove a school bus, played the trumpet and was the drum major of the marching band. He served his country in the armed forces for six years, first in the National Guard and later in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps as a hospital corpsman, ending his service with the First Marine Division. He was wounded during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. Using the GI Bill, he graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial arts in 1958 and a Master of Arts in 1960. On June 4, 1955, he married the former Rae Stroman of North Charleston and they settled in High Point in 1958. He began his 33-year teaching career in industrial arts at Ferndale Junior High School and later transferred to the newly opened Northeast Junior High. He also taught at T. Wingate Andrews High School.
Jasper was a member of Green Street Baptist Church for more than 50 years, where he served as a deacon, usher, Sunday school department leader and brotherhood president.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rae; his daughters, Kathi Jones of Sumter and Myra Sharp and her husband, Lee, of Buford, Georgia; two grandchildren, Colin and Madeline Sharp; his brother, Charles Flournoy Jones Jr. of Oxford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to honor Mr. Jones' life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Green Street Baptist Church with the Rev. C.W. Moss officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice Home at High Point, 1803 Westchester Drive, or Green Street Baptist Church, 303 N. Rotary Drive, High Point, NC 27262.
Mr. Jones loved teaching and inspiring young people. His legacy of helping others to learn will continue through his bequeathal to the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
The family wishes to extend its deepest gratitude to Hospice Home at High Point and to the nurses and caregivers who worked tirelessly to make Mr. Jones' last days comfortable.
Online condolences can be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com.
Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is serving the Jones family.