Funeral services for Jane Middleton Jones, age 92, will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at St. James Episcopal Church, Greenville. She passed away on December 29, 2017, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. Services are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home.
Jane was born in Greenville on October 17, 1925 and graduated from Greenville High School in 1943 with High Honors. She attended the University of Mississippi, where she was a member and officer of Chi Omega Sorority. While attending Ole Miss, she was selected to CWENS, a national honorary organization.
When she was still in her 20’s, she had a life-changing experience that determined the remainder of her life’s path. She contracted tuberculosis and spent two years at the Mississippi State Sanatorium. It was there that she learned empathy for others, and met her future husband, Willie Jones, who was recovering from tuberculosis contracted while serving in the Army during World War II.
After her husband completed his college education, they returned to Greenville, where she resided the remainder of her life and raised their four sons. She was very involved in her beloved St. James Episcopal Church, playing the piano for “children’s church”, helping with the alter guild, serving on the Vestry, chairing the pastoral care committee, leading many women’s ministries, and working for a time as the church receptionist. Her most cherished time was spent working with Harvest, a church ministry to mentally impaired adults. Harvest was her passion, as she had a special place in her heart for the wonderful people served by it.
In the Greenville community, she exhibited her compassion for others by involvement with many organizations that reached out to diverse groups, including Greenville Junior Auxiliary, Delta Community Mental Health Services, Good Samaritan Health Clinic, King’s Daughters and Circle, Church Women United, and Mission Mississippi. The Warren Washington Issaquena Sharkey Community Action Agency recognized her many activities by giving her the Frank Carlton Humanitarian Award.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Eggleston Jones, Jr., and her parents, Robert Newton Middleton and Jane Wade Middleton of Greenville.
Survivors include sons William Eggleston Jones, III (Donna) of Clinton, MS, Robert Middleton Jones (Gail) of Jackson, MS, Wade Childress Jones (Wanda) of Gulfport, MS, and Montgomery Newton Jones (Danna) of Mobile, AL. She is survived by six grandchildren: Jane Halbert Jones, Robert Andrew Jones, Rife Garrett Jones, Claire Christine Jones, Amanda Katherine Johnston (Christopher) and William Marshall Jones; and three great-grandchildren: Jane Marie Johnston, Charles Curren Johnston and Elizabeth Childress Johnston.
Visitation will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville on Wednesday, January 3, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Greenville, designated for the Harvest ministry.
Her family would like to thank all who have been attentive to her needs, but especially Dotti Lowe, whose remarkable patience and unselfish caregiving allowed her a wonderful quality of life during the final years.