Royce Darwin Jones, 79, of McMinnville died Wednesday, May 14, at his residence.
Born Dec. 26, 1934 in Warren County, he was a machinist and the owner of his own local repair shop. A member of New Union the Baptist Church, Mr. Jones sang at church and in local gospel groups for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alva and Velma Schrock Jones and sister, Gwendelyn Jones Pelham.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Faye Adcock Jones; his children, Deborah (James) Collins of Madison Ala., Anita (Loyd) Wood of Rock Island, and David (Bridgett) Jones of McMinnville; sisters, Treca Johnson of Walling, and Idell (Gene) West and Jane Lynn, both of Manchester; brother, Lane (Sue) Jones of McMinnville; grandchildren, Tara Rigsby, Chris Jones, Adam Collins, Patrick Collins, Nancy Rutledge, Thomas Wood, and Becky Brogden, and 26 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, family members and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Elder Frank Randolph, elder Gary McBride, and elder Martin Bell will officiate. Interment will follow at Jefferson Cemetery. The Jones family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and again Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 16, 2014