Citadel family will remember "Jimmie" Jones
A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Summerall Chapel at The Citadel in memory of long-time board member and former chairman James E. Jones Jr.
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.
Jones is survived by his wife, Nancy Stuhr Jones, and two children, Bradley and Bentley.