William Perry Jones, 74, of Rhine, passed away Friday, September 6, 2019, at his residence, following a sudden illness.

Born in Blackshear, January 9, 1945, he had lived in Riverview, FL for several years before moving to Rhine close to 20 years ago. He was a 1963 graduate of Patterson High School and played on the varsity football team. He would go on to retire from GTE Telephone Company where he had been a manager. An avid hunter and fisherman, his motto, thanks to the musical talents of Luke Bryan, was “Huntin, Fishin’, & Loving Every Day” – and he did them all quite well. He was also very talented in woodworking. Over the years, he built many things for friends and family and wasn’t afraid to tackle any job. Between the months of August and November you could find him rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs – if he wasn’t hunting or fishing.  He was very generous with his love and time for not only his children but for other children who seemed to gravitate to him. He was a member of the Blackshear First United Methodist Church.

He was a son of the late George Eldon and Jessie Aspinwall Jones. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Paulie Jones Barsdis; two sisters, Betty Nichols and Daisy Ann Jones; a brother, Eldon Jones and two great-nieces, Meghan Gaskins and Mary Gaskins.

Survivors include his loved and treasured companion, Vickie Thompson; a daughter, Robin Jones, Tampa, FL; his son, Matthew Perry “Matt” Jones, Lithia, FL; a son-in-law, John Barsdis, Tampa; a brother, Robert Jones Sr., Brunswick; three grandchildren, Ashli, Isaac and Quinn; a great-grandchild, Izaac; a niece, Lynn Gaskins; two nephews, Robert Jones Jr. and Casey Jones; a great-nephew, Trey Gaskins; two great-nieces, Jessica Jones and Frances Jones and other relatives, and too many hunting and fishing buddies to count.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the funeral home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, from the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Blackshear Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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