CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Billy D. Jones (Bill), 92, died peacefully at the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Cape Girardeau on March 30, 2019.
Bill graduated from Gideon High School in 1944 and graduated from Capitol College of Pharmacy, Denver, Colo., in 1947. He owned and operated Jones Family Pharmacy in Lilbourn for 40 years. After selling the pharmacy in 1993, he continued as a relief pharmacist for several different pharmacies in southeast Missouri for 15 years. Bill received the Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding service to his community in pharmacy.
Bill’s favorite things were visiting with his friends around the coffee pot at the pharmacy and being involved in the community. His dearest love was camping and traveling with his family.
Bill was a member of Murray Lane Baptist Church in Sikeston and former member of First Baptist Church, Lilbourn, where he served as deacon for several years. Bill was a 32nd Degree Free Mason, New Madrid Lodge, Royal Arch Mason 141–Portageville, Knight Templar-Shrine Ambassador and Sword of Bunker Hill.
Bill was a member of the American Legion and the Lilbourn Kiwanis Club. He was awarded The Man of the Year for the City of Lilbourn, as well as having served on the City Board for several years. Bill was involved in Boy Scouts for over 35 years and received the Order of Merit award and the Silver Beaver award for distinguished service to Scouting.
Bill served as a Pharmacist Mate in the U. S. Navy during World War II.
On Dec. 15, 1946, Bill married Joy Lee McCulloch, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 24, 1982, he married Margie York, who survives of the home.
Bill is further survived by four children, Brad (Diana) Jones, Jefferson City; Stan (Mary) Jones, Matthews; Patricia (Louie) Belt, Hardin, Ky.; Steve McElyea, Sikeston; four grandchildren; David Jones, Sarah Jones, Teresa Belt, Louie Belt Jr.; and four great-grandchildren; Brittany Belt, Allyxandria Jones, Kaiden Jones, and Amberly Jones.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Nellie Barnes Jones, formerly of Gideon; his wife, Joy Jones; and three brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will be from noon until time of services at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Ponder Funeral Home, Sikeston.
Interment will follow in Mounds Park Cemetery near Lilbourn.
The family wishes to thank the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Cape Girardeau for their outstanding service to our veterans, especially Bill. We also thank Southeast Hospice for their assistance and support.
The family requests that memorials be made to Murray Lane Baptist Church, Sikeston; or Lilbourn First Baptist Church, Lilbourn.