Elma Laten Jones, 87 died Saturday, Feb. 9, at his residence, and his wife, Mrs. Dortha Christene Pitmon Jones, 85, died Monday, Feb. 11 at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
They were both residents of McMinnville. He was born July 24, 1925, in Warren County and was a retired employee of McMinnville Concrete and formerly worked with Bouldin & Lawson, served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of VFW Post 5064. Mrs. Jones was born Oct. 1, 1927, in DeKalb County, formerly worked as an assistant manager with Ben Franklin, and later as a child care provider, and was known to many children as Granny Jones. The couple had been married for 67 years this January and were members of the Church of Christ at East End. Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents Aquilla and Myrtle Glenn Jones, a sister Quillene Rankhorn, and brother James E. Jones. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents John Tate and Ethel Young Pitmon, sister Dollie Priest, and brothers Toy, D.C., Everett Pitmon and Emmett Priest.
The couple is survived by their children, David Wayne (Janie) Jones, Larry A. (Jane) Jones, Debra (Karl) Holt, and Tony Jones; grandchildren, Michelle Shireman, Angela Walker, James A. Jones, LaJuana Baker, and Jerry Holt; 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Mr. Jones is survived by a brother, Billy Earl (Linda) Jones, and sister-in-law Melba Jones.
Mrs. Jones is survived by a brother, Bobby (Joann) Priest; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Priest. Other relatives, family members, and friends also survive.
A joint funeral service is 1 p.m. Wednesday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Ray Weddington, Garland Robinson, and James W. Boyd will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. The Jones family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 13, 2013