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Charlie William Jones, 88
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Charlie William Jones, 88, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, July 28, surrounded by his loving family. He is absent from this earth, but present with the Lord. 

He always had a smile, a hug, or a handshake for everyone who crossed his path. He was a beloved father, grandfather, husband, and friend to many who loved and admired “Mr. Charlie.” Most of all, he was a faithful servant of God who loved the Lord and served Him at Plainview Baptist Church in Woodbury and previously at Stones River Church in Murfreesboro.

He was a native and longtime resident of Rutherford County and was a resident of Cannon County for the past four years. Charlie served his country in the United States Army and was a member of Big Red One. He was the oldest retired member of the Murfreesboro Police Department and the oldest retired member of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department. He loved to tell stories of the amazing experiences he had while serving his community in these capacities. Afterwards, Charlie was an entrepreneur for decades, owning grocery stores in Murfreesboro, Nashville, and McMinnville, and a barber shop, pizza parlor, and antique shop in Murfreesboro. He enjoyed work working and furniture refinishing after retirement from running his businesses. He liked fishing, watching Westerns, listening to George Jones, and eating at Cracker Barrel. He loved his family above all and, most recently, his greatest joy came from spending time with his beloved granddaughters.

He is survived by his son, Charles (Tammy) Jones, daughter Mary Lee (Jimmy) Harris, grandchildren Jordan Jones, Morgan Jones, and Seth Harris, sister Stella (Wallace) Qualls, and several nephews and nieces and their families.

Charlie was preceded in death by his father, Velda Jewell Jones, mother Verona Flippins Jones, his wife Littley Beatrice Jones, brothers James Jones, Bobby Jones, Jerry Jones, William “Petie” Jones, and Wayne Jones, and sister Linda Jones Barrett.

Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home.

Chapel service will be 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2, at Jennings and Ayers Funeral with Jonathan Womack and Ben Austin officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery with military honors. Send online condolences to

Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 820 S. Church Street, Murfreesboro, 615-893-2422, is in charge of arrangements.   

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 1, 2021