Kenneth Joseph Jones, Sr., 81, of Laurel Park, passed away peacefully and entered the Kingdom of Heaven on March 2, 2019.
Ken fought a valiant battle against MDS, a rare blood cancer known as “bone marrow failure”. Ken survived these last five and a half years since diagnosis by the grace of God, his will to live, the loving care of family and friends and dedicated treatments from the outstanding doctors, nurses, CNA’s, techs and volunteers of Four Seasons Hospice/Elizabeth House and Pardee Cancer Center, where he is fondly remembered as “Jonesy Bonesy”.
Ken is survived by his soul mate and wife of 61 years, Terry; their son, Kenny Jones, Jr. & Sheila Allen of Clover, SC, their daughter in Heaven, Diana Lynn, who left them 12/17/02; their daughter, Karen Kelly, who resides with them; their Grandson, Spencer Maxwell and his blessings: Audrey Aveline, and children Alice 4, and Gavin 11, whom Ken considered his great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas Jones and Anna Donovan Jones and a brother, Robert “Bobby” Jones, who left us 10/17/12. He is also survived by brothers and sisters in law: Donald & Millie Jones of New Hyde Park, NY and John & Anne Jones of Summerville, SC; and a sister, AnnMarie Antonelli of Astoria, NY.
Ken also leaves behind his loving nieces, nephews, cousins, his Godson: Alex Katyan, Jr. of Clinton, NJ, and his beloved “Baby Kitty Smokie”.
Ken grew up in Long Island and joined the US Navy, and when stationed in Mayport/Jacksonville FL, met the love of his life on the beach. They relocated to New York and then raised their family in New Jersey, in the towns of Bound Brook and later, Flemington. They retired to Palm Harbor, FL for 16 years and then fell in love with Western North Carolina and moved here in 2007.
He will be remembered for his infectious smile, his quick wit and dinner table stories, his charismatic charm and leaving an impression you never forget. He lived his life passionately and devoted himself to family and hard work. He loved golf, art, many music genres, photography, writing, guitar, piano, travel, old movies, history, his Welsh & Irish ancestry and doing many talented home and garden projects.
Ken and Terry attended St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville and together, enjoyed the loving neighbors in their community. He was truly a “man’s man” and “everyone’s hero” and like all heroes, deserves peace and rest.
A celebration of life will be held 1pm on Monday, March 11, 2019 at St. James Episcopal Church with the Reverend Dr. Joel G. Hafer and Chaplain Tom Vallie officiating.
Memorial donations can be made to Four Seasons Foundation, 221 N. Main St. Hendersonville, NC 28792 or Pardee Cancer Center, c/o Pardee Foundation, 561 Fleming St. Hendersonville, NC 28739.