BERRY CALVIN “BOBBY” JONES was born at home in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, on January 31, 1941, to the union of the late Charlie Calvin Jones and Lougenia Tillery Jones, and was the second eldest of their six children. He quietly departed this earthly life and entered eternal rest on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at his home in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, at the age of seventy-nine.
“Bobby”, as he was lovingly called by his family and friends, received his formal education in the Halifax County Public School System and graduated from the former John Armstrong Chaloner High School, in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, with the class of 1959.
He then helped his parents with rural farm living and also assisted his grandparents, whom he lovingly called “Mua” and “Pua”. Although he loved being with his family, he had a bigger vision of getting away from farming and going to the city.
While he was attending school, “Bobby” met his childhood sweetheart, Carlotta “Flossie” Wilkins, who was a student at McIver High School in Littleton, North Carolina. After graduation, they relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where he began his first job at Bugle Laundry while waiting to begin his life-long career at General Motors as an auto worker and supervisor. He said he hated that supervisor position because of the politics, so he went back to doing what he truly loved, building cars.
“Bobby” and Carlotta were united in marriage on August 19, 1959, and this union was blessed with two children, Wayne Calvin and Sheila Marie. Unfortunately, true love doesn’t last always, and after five years, they parted, but remained good friends until her death in 2008.
“Bobby” was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War and went away to serve his country. During this period of his life, he met and fell in love with Jeanette Deloris Williams, who was also living in Baltimore, Maryland. They were married on June 10, 1966, and God blessed this union with three children, Angela Teresa, Sonia Alesia, and Barry Calvin.
After “Bobby’s” time in Vietnam, he returned to his job at General Motors while continuing his post in the United States Army Reserve. Upon retiring from General Motors with thirty years of dedicated service and twenty years of loyal service with the United States Army Active Duty/Reserve, he returned to his hometown of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and briefly became employed as a Correctional Officer at the Lawrenceville Correctional Center in Virginia. In August 2003, he took his “Final Retirement” to enjoy life.
“Bobby” spent his golden years enjoying, relaxing, reflecting on those good old days with “Mua” and “Pua”, and telling his children, family, and friends the stories of his youth. He was often heard saying, “If I were to die today, I can truly say that God Has Blessed My Life so richly that I am a happy man”, and he meant it.
In addition to his parents, “Bobby” was preceded in death by his son, Barry C. Jones; his two brothers, Othello Jones and Melvin Jones; and one sister, Martha Jane “Jane” Staley.
“Bobby’s” legacy lives on through his son, Wayne C. Jones of Columbia, MD; his three daughters, Sheiia M. Jordan (Daniel) of Falling Waters, WV, Angela T. Jones-Ramirez (Cora) of Baltimore, MD, and Sonia A. Jones of Baltimore, MD; six grandsons, Brian, Robert, Richard, Malcolm, Jordan, and Jaylyn; three granddaughters, Shanequa, Brittany, and Jessica; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce M. Fleming (Ernest) of Rocky Mount, NC, and Evelyn Wilkins (Cleophas) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A viewing will be held from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the funeral home, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. Because of Covid-19 guidelines, only five persons will be allowed to enter at any one time.
Interment will follow at Harmony Cemetery in Falling Waters, West Virginia. A memorial service will be held at a later date.