ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. - Julia Bailey Jones, 98, formerly of Commerce, died Thursday, October 25, 2012.
She was born in Newnan on December 17, 1913 and lived most of her life in Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hardman Jones.
Julia was a warm and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and an extraordinary educator. She graduated from Georgia State College for Women and moved to Commerce, where she taught high school English and met her future husband, William Hardman Jones. They were married in 1939. Julia taught school for more than 20 years and was a superb teacher and an exemplary role model for her students. She was an avid reader and enjoyed learning. These interests spurred her to help establish the Commerce Public Library, the Parents Teacher Association for the Commerce schools, and to form a Study Club to stimulate learning with friends who enjoyed reading.
She was very active in The First Baptist Church of Commerce, where she played the organ and piano, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and performed countless other deeds and functions for the church.
Survivors include three children, William Hardman Jones, Jr. and his wife Amanda, Powhatan, Va., Susan Jones Abare and her husband, William, St. Augustine, Fla., and Carolyn Jones Morazan, and her husband, Charles, Greensboro, N.C.; and grandchildren, Laura Ellen Jones, William Hardman Jones III and his wife, Christin, Katherine Abare Paolini and her husband, Adrian, Todd and wife Tiffany Morazan, William Tebbs Abare, III and his wife, Sabrina, Justin Hardman Abare and his wife, Zoe, and Caroline Harris Ward, and her husband, Kelly; eleven great-grandchildren, Tanner Jones, Graham Jones, Julia Owensby, Ila Paolini, Kaylee Ann Morazan, Will Abare, Mason Abare, Max Abare, Kaitlyn Ward, Porter Ward, and Lyla Ward.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church, 1345 South Elm St., Commerce, GA 30529, or to the Commerce Public Library, 1344 South Broad St., Commerce, GA 30529.
Craig Funeral Home, St. Augustine, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.