Jones, Joseph

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On Aug. 25, 2019 Joseph T Jones left this earthly life and passed into the loving arms of his Lord and savior Jesus Christ.  

Joe was the loving husband of Joan and they shared 54 wonderful years of marriage together. Along with Joan he is survived by his daughter Crista (Brad) and two sons Rob (Karen) and Ty (Bobbie Jo). He was also a loving grandfather known as Pops and Big Daddy to his 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert B Jones but is survived by his 2 sisters and 3 brothers.  

Joe was born on Jan. 6, 1943 in Walla Walla, Washington but spent his childhood in Nashville and Atlanta. In 1961 he enrolled at VPI as a member of the Corps of Cadets. He also met the love of his life, who also happened to be the Colonel’s daughter while there and after graduation they began their life together in the U.S. Air Force. He flew F-4 Phantoms during the Vietnam war while stationed in Japan and Korea.  

After their time in the Air Force came to an end, they moved back to Blacksburg to attend graduate school. While in school Joe became Assistant Commandant of the Corps of Cadets. Shortly thereafter in 1974 he began a career in real estate, partnering with Ernestine Foresman at Raines Real Estate. He was very involved in the local community, serving on the NRV Board of Realtors as president, and as a board member at the Pregnancy Resource Center.  He was also a long time member of the Blacksburg Planning Commission and active in the Blacksburg Rotary club.  Joe and Joan have also attended Blacksburg Christian Fellowship for many years and loved their church family dearly.  One of Joe’s greatest joys was his involvement in the formation of Dayspring Christian Academy and Fellowship. 

Joe loved spending time with his grandchildren, whether it was cheering them on at sporting events, chaperoning field trips or braving the elements at Boy Scout camps.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and some of his fondest memories were of times spent with his family outdoors.  He was in the process of planning a long awaited Elk hunting trip to Colorado this fall. In recent years he and Joan enjoyed adventures in their RV marking off their bucket list of places to visit, fellowship with their home group, building a new home and spending quiet moments together.  For those of you who knew Joe you also know of his gentle and caring spirit and his passion to share his faith. 

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face.” 1 Corinthians 13:12. We find comfort in the knowledge that he is now face to face with his Father in heaven.  

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Pregnancy Resource Center of Blacksburg or Blacksburg Christian Fellowship (missions).

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Blacksburg Christian Fellowship. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today,Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 at McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.