James M. Jones Jr.

Friday, October 14, 2011

James M. "Buddy" Jones Jr., 90, of Lewisburg, passed away on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Jones was a native of Marshall County and was the son of the late Dr. James M. Jones Sr. and Estha McLain Jones. He was a graduate of Marshall County High School, Vanderbilt University in 1943 with a AB Degree, and Duke University Law School in 1947 with a Jurist Doctorate. Mr. Jones attended First United Methodist Church of Lewisburg.

In 1947-48 Mr. Jones was employed by Manier & Crouch Attorneys in Nashville; partner with Jones & Wallace Attorneys, Lewisburg, from 1948-58, House Counsel and various executive positions - Venus Pen & Pencil Corporation, Lewisburg, and New York City 1958-68; business and private law practice, including Bigham, Binkley and Jones 1969-1975; former president and chairman of the board, Peoples & Union Bank, Lewisburg, from 1975 until retirement in 1992.

Mr. Jones was a delegate to the 1953 Tennessee Constitutional Convention, replacing Governor Jim McCord, and was a Tennessee State Senator in 1954-56.

He was a former member of the Lewisburg Rotary Club for 30 years and a past president and member of ATO Fraternity at Vanderbilt University and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity at Duke University.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister Evelyn Jones Petrucelli.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jeanne Coble Jones of Lewisburg; four daughters, Jan (Bob) Taylor of Franklin, Janie (Barry) Childers of Shelbyville, Jennifer (Larry) Masters of Knoxville, and Jackie Jones (Dale Houtkooper) of Thompson's Station. Also surviving are five grandchildren - Stacie (Tony) Whaley of Murfreesboro, Laura Beth (Brandon) Zollner of O'Fallon, Ill., James Brian (Samantha) Childers of Shelbyville, Andrew Cafferky of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Katie Cafferky of Knoxville - and one great-grandchild, Jackson Jones Whaley.

A memorial service took place Monday, Oct. 10, at First United Methodist Church of Lewisburg with Rev. Mark Irvin officiating.

You may sign Mr. Jones' online registry at wwwbillmcgaugh.com.

Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home of Lewisburg was in charge of the arrangements