Delver Jay Jones, 84, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017. He was born March 18, 1933 in Leisure to Delver and Irene (Bagley) Jones of Windfall.
Jay graduated from Windfall High School in 1951 and was a member of the Windfall Dragons Basketball Team. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1953, serving during the Korean War and Vietnam War, and he earned a combat commission. He was a drill instructor for three years in Paris Island, South Carolina. During the last of his service, he was stationed in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, where he became a member of the Rifle and Pistol Team. Jay transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve as master sergeant in 1972 and retired as first lieutenant in 1983. He received two Purple Hearts, six Good Conduct Awards, three Presidential Unit Citations, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a Silver Star, National Defense Medal, Korean Campaign service medals and the United Nations Medal.
After retiring from U.S. Marine Corps, Jay farmed the family homestead for 14 years. He particularly enjoyed watching NASCAR with his son and grandson. Occasionally he would spend a few hours at the casino with his sister and brother.
Survivors are James (Christie) Jones, Windfall, Jennifier (Randy) Wood, Windfall, and Janis Stewart, Tipton; stepsons, Joe and Jane Small, Florida, and Jeff and Becky Small, Tipton; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Kay Clark; brothers, Charley Jones and Donald Jones, all from Windfall; sister-in-law, Francis Jones, Greentown. His second family includes Mike and Debra Pontius, Seattle, Washington, Susan Allen, Jacksonville, Florida, Dan and Jeannie Pontius, California, Jeff and Vickie Pontius, Marcia (Ryan) McManus, and Jerry and Carol Pontius, all of Greentown.
Proceeding Jay in death were his parents; brothers, Denver Jones and Virgil Jones; granddaughter, Megan Marie Jones; brother-in-law, Robert Clark; sister-in-law, Arleda Jones; and friend, Mary Helen Pontius.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Brookside Cemetery in Windfall with military rites. Minister James Snapp Jr. of Curtisville Christian Church will be presiding.
In lieu of flowers, Jay asked donations be made to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program at www.toysfortots.org/donate. You may leave a condolence online to Jay's family at www.lmbfh.com. Leatherman-Morris-Boyer Funeral Home in Tipton is in charge of arrangements.
Published on May 11, 2017