The utmost example of wisdom, intellect, determination, philanthropy, and relentless love for his family, Douglas Howard Jones, son of Joe Brown Jones and Lois Watts Jones, went to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, January 13, 2012.
He was born at home on August 20, 1944 in Tiger, Georgia (Rabun County). He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Michael Stanley Jones.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Diane "Dee" Coleman Jones, Hoschton, and their three sons, Earle Douglas Jones of Hoschton, Darin Carter Jones of Lilburn, and Dwayne Jameson Jones of Nicholson; siblings, brother, Terry Allen Jones of Tiger, sister, Judy Jones Hunnicutt of Tiger, and brother, Joseph Larry Jones of Gainesville; and six beloved grandchildren, Moriah Danielle Jones, Jesse Clinton Jones, Beau Douglas Jones, Dara Melynda Jones, Alton Carter Jones, and Aubrey Ryan Jones.
He graduated from Rabun County High School in 1963 and attended The Southern Institute of Technology, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1965. He entered the workforce in late 1965 with Georgia Power Company in Atlanta, GA and was quickly promoted from Junior engineer to Transmission Line Design Engineer. In 1982, he earned the title of Senior Line Design Engineer and was designated Senior Transmission Specialist and Team Leader/Supervisor in 1995. He retired in March of 2008 from his position after 43 years and earning numerous company awards for "Perfect attendance,” "Citizenship,” as well as his countless contributions to the design and construction of many of the high voltage 115, 230, and 500 Kilovolt lines that deliver our power today. He was also the first and longest presiding president of the Lilburn Basketball Association from 1973 to 1993.
He will be sorely missed and mourned over for years to come, but his legacy will live on through the work he accomplished and the seeds he planted in those he most loved. We love you Paw Paw, now and forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Hospice Care in Gainesville.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all those precious people who made his life better in the final days.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, at Shadowbrook Baptist Church in Suwanee with the Rev. Bobby Linkous officiating. The remains will be placed in state at 10:30 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at Rabun Memory Park in Tiger, GA. The family will receive friends Monday, January 16, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726
Bill Head Funeral Home, Tucker, is in charge of arrangements.