Billy Austin Jones
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Billy Austin Jones, 92, was born in Steele, MS on August 29, 1928 and raised in Harperville, MS. He was the fifth of nine children born to C C "Carl" and Susie Warren Jones. Bill passed away under hospice care at his daughter's home in Opelousas, LA on September 14, 2020.
At age 19, Bill went to work for the United Gas Company in Forest, MS. He worked for them through many name changes for 40 years retiring in 1987 as district manager at the Opelousas, LA Entex office.
Billy married his childhood sweetheart, Peggy Britt, on August 18, 1950. They had four children together. Their lives together took them from Harperville to Forest and then to Biloxi, MS. In 1959, they moved to DeRidder, LA, in 1974, to Bogalusa, LA, then in 1984, to Opelousas, LA. After retirement, they moved back to Mississippi, settling in Summit. In March of 2020, they moved to an assisted living in Lafayette, LA to be closer to their daughters. Then in May, they moved to a nursing home in Maurice, LA.
In his younger days, Billy enjoyed hunting and fishing. Later in life, he developed a love for golf which he played until his health didn't permit. Then, he and Peggy enjoyed riding the roads of their beloved Mississippi and spending time with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Billy was a faithful member of Johnston Chapel UMC in Summit. He was also a Mason.
Bill will be sorely missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Peggy Britt Jones ; his daughters, Christal "Christy" Jones and Suzanne Jones Eades (John) of Opelousas, LA; grandchildren, Jacob Jones (Ashley) of DeRidder, LA, Brittany Eades Brown (Ian) of Arnaudville, LA; Sarah Jones Smith (Brandon) of DeRidder, LA, and Patrick Eades (Maggie) of Ville Platte, LA; great-grandchildren, Ella Eades, Jillian Brown, Madison and Cheyenne Jones, Kinsley, Kinton, and Tori Smith, Andress and Charley Eades; and step-great-grandchildren, Brayden and Bryce Smith.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, C C "Carl" and Susie Jones, his eight siblings Joe, Charles, Lloyd, Marion, and Laura Jones, Sue Laney, and Peggy Whitmire, and his two sons, Billy Austin Jones, Jr. and Steven Britt Jones.
Ott and Lee Funeral Home of Brandon, MS has been entrusted to arrangements. Visitation was held at the Johnston Chapel United Methodist Church in Summit, MS on Friday, September 18th from 5 til 8 p.m. Services were held at the church Saturday, September 19th at 10 a.m led by Rev. Bill Poole. Graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m. at the Harperville Memorial Park in Harperville, MS. Pallbearers were John Eades, Pat Eades, Ian Brown, Brandon Smith, Kinton Austin Smith, and Robert Walker.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN or to Johnston Chapel United Methodist Church in Summit, MS.