James William Jones, farmer, driver

June 20, 2014

James William Jones of Millsboro peacefully departed this life Saturday, “Sabbath” morning, June 14, 2014. He was blessed with 81 years of life. Born April 12, 1933 in Williamsville, he was the only son of the late Sewell and Cleora Jones.

James, also known as “Jim”, “Jimmy” and “Jonesy,” was employed by William T. Hurdle for over 50 years. He loved being a farmer, dump truck driver and a demolition man. All would know he was coming by the honking of the horn on any of the trucks that he drove. The horn was a symbol to let you know one, “I am coming, so please move out of the way,” and two, “You may not see me, but I know that you are there, so hello to you today.”

Family was very important to James. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, each for their individuality. He demonstrated his love in sharing his heart, his home, his knowledge about life and his love for the Lord. Instilling the importance of putting God first and working in the church, doing an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, do unto others as you would have others do unto you, and some things are better left unsaid. These are principals that can carry you far in life.

His neighbors on Harmony Cemetery Road were his extended lifeline and family. On that corner was a friendship and closeness that could never be broken. Each looking out for one another and making sure everyone was safe.

James will be remembered for his gentle smile, willingness to help, the unknown deeds to only those who knew, for being that friend that you could count on no matter what the situation and never meeting a stranger.

He leaves to mourn two sisters, Viola Johnson of Salisbury, Md. and Ola Purnell of Newark, Md.; one son, Adrien Jones of Milton; three daughters, Carol Daniels (Oscar) of Snow Hill, Md., Lola Peters of Millsboro and Karin Harmon(Waymon Jr.) of Rehoboth Beach; five grandchildren, DeVon Edwards, O'Bryant Jones (Sixta), Sheena Hopkins, Lorichia Camper, and Elias Harmon; two great-grandchildren, Rashod Hopkins and Avilo Jones; his close friend and employer, William T. Hurdle and his wife Betty and Ms. Sue; his special brothers in Christ, Noah “Jr.” Hopkins and Linwood Jenkins (Francine); a host of extended families, the descendants of Samuel and Thelma Norwood, descendants of Lester and Lucille Davis, descendants of Tressa Carney, and family of Noah Hopkins, and the Harmony Cemetary Road family; a host of cousins from Worcester and Wicomico County in Marryland; and more friends that any one can imagine.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 22,  at the 1st Millsboro SDA Church, 30007 Cordrey Road, Millsboro, where friends may call after 10 a.m. A viewing will also be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 21, at the 1st Millsboro SDA Church. Interment with honors will take place at 11 a.m., Monday, June 23, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.

Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.