Mr. Willie Preston Jones was born October 6, 1921 in Eastern Shore, Virginia. He lost his parents at an early age and was raised by his Grandmother and Aunt. He later moved to Newport News, Virginia and became a lifelong resident.
He started the early part of his career at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. He later transitioned into a long career as a Longshoreman with the International Longshoreman Association (ILA), retiring in 1982.
Affectionally known as “Wille P.” or “Lee”, he was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia and served in several ministries. He was also a member of Pandora Lodge (Elks Home). In his younger years he was known as an amateur boxer.
Some of his favorite pastimes were sitting on his front porch enjoying his family and friends, along with playing cards with his fellow longshoremen at the Hall. He was also known as an avid walker throughout the community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Estelle Jones, his son, Leroy Jones and his brother James Robert Jones.
He is survived by his granddaughter Faith, grandson Michael, great grandchildren, Linwood and LyAnne Alston, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services for Mr. Jones will be held 11:00a.m. Friday, August 24, 2018 at C.C.Carter Funeral Home, Inc. by Dr. Dwight Riddick.
Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Newport News, VA.
Mr. Jones will lie in state in the chapel two hours prior to service.
It is the desire of the Jones family that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of the late Mr. Willie Jones has entrusted his final care to the staff of C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.