Edward E. Jones, 81, Florida

Edward Eugene Jones, 81, formerly of Farina, Vandalia and Clinton, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, Jan. 23, 2021, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida.

A funeral with military burial rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Sidener Cemetery in rural St. Elmo, with the Rev. Kent “Pee Wee” Denton officiating. Visitation will be held at the cemetery, beginning at 1 p.m. Kull Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.kullfuneralhome.com.

Edward was born in Farina on Oct. 11, 1939, one of seven siblings into the family of William and Cleta Hawkey-Jones.

Edward enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Nov. 1, 1956, at the age of 17 and received an honorable discharge upon completion of his service duties on Oct. 31, 1962.

Edward lived in Farina, Vandalia and Clinton, and then moved to Florida in 1967. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He will be greatly missed. In addition to raising two children, he worked outside the home throughout his life as a laborer and a master welder.

Edward is survived by wife, Patricia Jones; son, Clyde Jones and his children Eric and Kelly Jones of Fort Pierce, Fla.; daughter, Rita (husband Rob) Rice, their daughter Brittany, and her daughter Alana Rice of Baker, Fla.; sisters, Mary (Robert) Thomas of Swansea, Barbara (husband, Richard) Taylor of Bloomington, and Martha Vale of Altamont.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James

Aaron (wife Tonya) Jones, Lewis Earl (friend, Dorothy Seibert), and Clifford LeRoy Jones; and nieces, Sherry Jones-Tappenhagen and Angela Jones-Moyer,