Burl B. Jones, 85, of Century No. 2, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.
He was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Moatsville, the son of the late Lena Ball and Carl T. Jones.
On May 13, 1949, he married the former Ethel "Jane" Ramsey, who preceded him in death Jan. 21, 2011.
Surviving is their daughter, Carla Jones and her husband, Steve Minnick, of Century No. 2; stepgrandchildren, Chad Minnick of Huntington and Toni Debarr of Buckhannon; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Iris (Payne) Ramsey of Astabula, Ohio; two nieces, Mrs. Daniel (Linda) Walker and Mrs. Gary (Sandy) Paine; two nephews, Tom Ramsey and Steve (Alice) Ramsey, both of Ohio.
Also surviving is Matt Freeman and family of Philippi.
Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his stepfather, "Ding" Wright; and his step-mother, Mary Jones; his uncles, Mr. Rasty (Mae) Ball and Clarence (Mildred) Ball, Mr. Paul (Elizabeth) Jones and Mr. Ralph (Icie) Jones; and aunts, Mrs. Lois (John) Poe, Mrs. Nell (Karl) Maxson and Ms. Alma Jones; a brother-in-law, Mr. Junior Ramsey; a cousin, Paul David Jones; and best friend, Andy Kurucz.
Mr. Jones attended Barbour County Schools, worked for the B&O Railroad and then served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1948.
He owned and operated several businesses in both Los Angeles and then in West Virginia, upon returning home in 1967. Being a welder, fabricator, truck owner and operator, mechanic, heavy equipment operator and winemaker were some of his many talents he possessed and goals achieved.
Burl was a friend and mentor to many of the years and he will be sadly missed. He was a member of the Golden Nuggets Motorcycle Club of Southern Calif., the VFW, Moose, American Legion, UMWA and NRA. A Baptist by faith, he worshipped the Lord at Bethany Baptist Church in Hall.
Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St., Philippi from 5 to 8 p.m. today and on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the service hour with Rev. Dr. Dan Unger officiating.
Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery with military honors being accorded.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.