John Jones

January 6, 1933 - October 21, 2020
John Jones


John Thurston Jones 87, of Shallotte passed away Wednesday October 21, 2020 at Brunswick Novant Hospital.

John was born in Columbus County January 6, 1933 the son of the late Daniel V. Jones and Elizabeth Mae Long Jones. Also preceding him in death are his brother D.V Jones, sisters Velma J. Herren, Mattie J. Grice, Dorothy J. Peterson, Lillian J. Walters and Helen J. Kelly.

Mr. Jones was a 1951 graduate of Whiteville High School and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in science with a minor in physical education from Elon College and his Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University. He also earned advanced certificates from University of North Carolina and ASU. He taught in the Columbus County Schools and was a principal in Davie County, Greenville City, and Thomasville City Schools. He was superintendent of Montgomery County Schools, Scotland County Schools, and Brunswick County Schools. He served his country faithfully in the United States Army.

He served on the Board of Trustees of Brunswick Community College for 16 years and was honored with the title of Trustee Emeritus. He was very community oriented. He was a Rotarian for 50 years and was awarded the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of the executive board of Cape Fear Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the board of Higher Education of Methodist Colleges. Mr. Jones was an active member of Camp United Methodist Church where he served many leadership roles.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years Carolyn Abernathy Jones, daughter Angela Jones Lawrence of Shallotte, and son Jon Christopher Jones of Florida. Two grandsons Brice Lawrence and Dakota Jones also survive.

In lieu of a traditional visitation, a memory journal will be available in the Narthex of Camp United Methodist Church 4807 Main Street Shallotte Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 4:00 – 7:00. A memorial service will be held at the church Columbarium 2:00 PM Wednesday October 28, 2020.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, social distancing and masks are required.

The family would like memorials be directed to the Journey to Freedom c/o Camp United Methodist Church, P.O Box 776, Shallotte, NC 28459.

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  • October 25, 2020
    Creola Campbell says:
    Carolyn. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace at this time. John was a friend and active member of WHS Class of l951. "Brunswick Brothers".... a unique group of individuals. No doubt his greatest blessing and accomplishment was having you as his wife. God Bless You and keep you in His care! Love in His Name, Creola Smith Campbell

  • November 05, 2020
    Dean Hall says:
    Carolyn and family, so sorry to learn of John’s passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to you. We so enjoyed our times together at the Riverview Hoa meetings and will miss John very much. We send you love, Dean and Bennie

  • October 31, 2020
    Jeff Hudson says:
    Meg and I just learned of your dad's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • October 28, 2020
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  • October 27, 2020
    Jim Harris says:
    Carolyn, I was sad to hear of John's passing. He was my eighth grade teacher at Acme-Delco High School in the late '50's. I don't believe that I had seen him since the eighth grade until you and John came to the Bolton UMC homecoming a few years back. I had heard about his success in the education business and was pleased to hear of a Bolton boy being successful. I have those memories from homecoming to hold on to and feel blessed to have made that reconnection. You and your family are in my prayers and I know that a loving God full of Grace will give you comfort in the years to come. Blessings, Jim Harris