The New Hope and surrounding communities deeply mourn the passing of a man that devoted a lifetime to his community, loved ones, public service and his profession as owner and managing director of New Hope Funeral Home. Billy Gardiner Jones, Sr., 65, of New Hope passed away peacefully Sunday evening surrounded by his family. He will always be remembered for his kind and giving heart, his love for his community, his quick wit and great personality. Billy was also known by everyone as “Goat”, a nickname his dad gave him as a child that stayed with him his entire life. He served as the mayor of the City of New Hope for 8 years and 12 years as a City Councilman. He also served on TARCOG, actively served on New Hope City Planning Commission, Founders day Committee, and helped to establish and operate the Community Ambulance Service which served the surrounding communities for many years. He wanted what was best for New Hope and wanted to see it continually grow in a positive manner. He also served his community in his profession as a Funeral Service Professional for 50 years. He became one of the owners of New Hope Funeral Home in 1975. He loved the business of being able to help the people of his community and the camaraderie of the people of which so many became very dear friends. He will be truly missed by family, friends and all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by father, Henry Clay Jones, mother, Annie Elizabeth Lewis Jones, and one brother, Junior Jones.
Surviving are wife, Glenda Whitt Jones of New Hope, son, Billy G. (Ginger) Jones Jr. of New Hope, son, Tommy L. (Jannifer) Jones of New Hope, grandson, Tyler L. Jones, granddaughter, Cassie M. Jones, brother, Thomas (Joan) Jones of Owens Cross Roads, brother, Jimmy (June) Jones of Huntsville, sister, Margaret Brockway of New Hope, sister, Mary Mitchell of New Hope, sister, Martha Martin of New Hope, sister, Nancy (Ray) Pierce of New Hope, sister, Joyce (Calvin) Travis of Harvest, sister, Betty Jacob of New Hope, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at the New Hope School Auditorium, Thursday at 3:00 pm with Rev. Dewayne Martin, Bro. Edwin Parks, Bro. Harold Kelly, and Bro. Wayne Walls officiating.
Interment will be in the Walker Cemetery.