Roland Chester Jones

Published 6:14pm Friday, May 17, 2013

Funeral service for Mr. Roland Chester Jones, 96, of Alexander City, will be Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church Alexander City. Rev. Steve Arnberg, Rev. Paul Vick, and Rev. Brett Self will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Hillview Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at First Baptist Church Alexander City. Mr. Jones passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at his residence.  He was born on June 21, 1916 in Clanton, Alabama to William S. Jones and Ora Zenobia Knight Jones.  He was a charter member of Lomax First Baptist Church in Clanton, served as deacon, sang in the choir, and did devotions in various locations.

Mr. Jones worked at the Navy Shipyard Pascagoula, MS and then worked for 33 years for US Steel in Bessemer, AL.  He was devoted to the Lord and his church and enjoyed the outdoors, bird hunting, fishing, playing Rook, doing puzzles and brainteasers, playing the guitar, and he loved jokes.  Mr. Jones was also a member of the New Site Seniors, First Baptist Church Seniors, ACPR Seniors, Flint Hill Seniors, Hardee’s Breakfast Club, and Jack’s Breakfast Club in Clanton.

He is survived by his daughter, Jan Landers (Jim) of Alexander City; son, Lannis Jones (Linda) of Florence; grandchildren, Jami Jones Willis (Mike), Lan Jones (Jennifer), Mindy Jones Hanback (Brad), Jason Smith, Stuart Smith (Heather), and Michael Smith (Tabatha); great-grandchildren, Kyle Willis (Brittany), Chad Willis (Mallory), Hope Willis, Ben Jones, Evan Jones, Will Jones, Matt Hanback, Blake Hanback, Will M. Smith, Alex Smith, Robert Smith; step-grandchildren, Jim Landers (Wendy), III, Dianne Waites (Jeff), and Chris Landers (Amy); step-great grandchildren, Mallory Landers, Myles Landers, Morgan Waites, Wesley Waites, and Sawyer Landers; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Pallbearers include Lan Jones, Jason Smith, Stuart Smith, Michael Smith, Mike Willis, and Brad Hanback; and honorary pallbearers, Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class, Ray Parker, Eddie Todd, and Carl Mattison.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Nell Littleton Jones; parents; and twelve siblings.

The family will accept flowers or contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Alexander City, P.O. Box 400, Alexander City, Alabama 35011.

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Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.