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Mr. Eddie Charles Jones, 71, passed away June 14, 2011, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church in Starkville. Rev. Joseph Stone will be officiating.
Burial will be in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Starkville.
Visitation will be Friday, June 17, from 1-5 p.m. at Second Baptist Church with a family hour from 5-6 p.m. And one hour before the service on Saturday.
To the Christian, death is not an end but an even in life; a new start with an extended knowledge and a purer love.
The earthly life of Eddie Charles "Squirrel" Jones came to an end on Tuesday afternoon, June 14, 2011 at the Oktibbeha Regional Medical Center in Starkville. He was born in Claiborne County Mississippi to the union of Ernest Henry Jones, Jr. and Sarah L. Jefferson Jones. Moving to Starkville with his parents and two older siblings in 1943, he then called Starkville home. On December 20, 1963, he was united in marriage to Robbie Ann Neely in West Point. To this blessed forty-seven and a half-years, two loving children were born, Christopher Charles and Amy Michelle.
Growing up in Starkville, Eddie Charles attended Oktibbeha Training School, graduating in 1958.
He attended Tennessee State University for one year, 1958-1959. Returning home after the death of his brother Sidney, he worked with his father in the family business until he was drafted into the United States Army, serving from 1963-1965. School, community and church activities were always an integral part of his life. Boy scouts, school football trainer, and band member taught and instilled in him a love for his school, his teachers and his community. He was blessed with a Christian home with a church upbringing which helped to build a sense of character, self-worth, pride and love for his church, Second Baptist.
His civic contribution included membership in American Legion Post 240, serving on the Starkville Housing Authority Board (1979-1989) and the Board of the American Red Cross.
His kind, caring and loving heart will be cherished by his wife Robbie. His fatherly guidance, love and support will be remembered by his children Chris and Amy. His short time with his adorable grandson Alex and devoted son-in-law Fenton Bishop will be remembered.
To cherish his memory is a sister, Barbara Jones Curry (Isaac), three brothers, Jerry Jones of Arlington, Virginia, Wesley Jones (Catherine) of Starkville, and Cecil Jones (Lois) of Jackson.
Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Sidney and Melvin. Also, mourning his passing is a host of nieces, nephews, an uncle, an aunt, a loving sister-in-law Sharon Jones (Melvin) and other friends and relatives.
Century Hairston Funeral Home of Columbus will be in charge of the funeral arrangements.