College grieves death of long-term board member
Long-time board member and former chairman, James E. Jones, Jr., passed away last night in Greenville after a recent illness.
“Jimmie Jones lived and breathed The Citadel. He was both a leader and a gentleman, and all of us who knew him are blessed for his strong influence in our lives. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Jones’ family. We grieve with them and will carry his memory close to us,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.
A member of the class of 1958, Jones was a businessman and an entrepreneur. He worked in the oil business, the banking industry and commercial real estate. He was the founding director of Boomerang, an employee benefit program for family caregivers. But to members of The Citadel family, Jimmie Jones was best known for his strong ties to his alma mater.
As a cadet, he served as a company commander his senior year and as editor of the college yearbook, The Sphinx. As an alumnus, he was a loyal and staunch advocate for The Citadel. He served for three terms on the college’s Board of Visitors from 1981 to 2000.
In 1992 he was elected chairman of the board and held that post until 1997, guiding The Citadel through its most turbulent period. After stepping down in 1999, fellow board members named him an emeritus member. He served as president of the Greenville Citadel Club, the Citadel Alumni Association and the Brigadier Foundation.
Jones was named the Alumni Association Man of the Year in 1986, and in 1979 he received The Citadel Board of Visitors Palmetto Medal Award. In 1996, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and in 2000, he received an honorary degree from The Citadel and was awarded the Governor’s Order of the Palmetto.
“Jimmie Jones was the epitome of a Citadel graduate,” said Citadel Board of Visitors Chairman Maj. Gen. Art Baiden. “When people said ‘The Citadel,’ Jimmie Jones immediately came to mind. He led the college through some very trying times in an exemplary manner, and he is going to be missed.”
Jones is survived by his wife, Nancy Stuhr Jones, and two children, Bradley and Bentley.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 10 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home on North Main Street in Greenville. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, also on North Main Street in Greenville at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 11. A private burial will take place prior to the memorial service. Another memorial service will be held in Summerall Chapel. Details on that service will be available at a later time.
Donations should be made to the James E. Jones, Jr., Scholarship in care of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation:
The Citadel Brigadier Foundation
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171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409
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