Clifton Jones, age 90, of Harrisburg, passed away 11:28 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Carrier Mills Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Cliff was born August 1, 1922, in Pope County to the late John Morgan and Minnie Moore Jones. He married June Duke Aug. 31, 1940 and she preceded him in death Feb. 11, 2011. Cliff was a WWII Army Veteran. Cliff was Saline County Sheriff for four years and Saline County Treasurer for 20 years. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time with family and friends. He attended Spring Valley Social Brethren Church.
Survivors include his three children, Brenda Williams Pingleton of Harrisburg, Lindell Jones and wife Donna of Morris, and Glendell Jones of Harrisburg; 12 grandchildren, Sherri Ramsey and husband Tim of Harrisburg, Jimi Lea Williams of Harrisburg, Pam Barnard and husband Jerry of Harrisburg, Jay Dee Williams and wife Renee of Harrisburg, Jonathan Williams and wife Kim of Harrisburg, Danica Headrick and husband Doug of Yucaipa, Calif., Kendra Cole and husband Jon of Charleston, Gianna Eber and husband Matt of Morris, Dee Lynn Imrie and husband Brian of Florida, Penny McKeller and husband Wayne of Coal City, Scott Jones of Essex and Darrin Jones of Essex; 23 great grandchildren, Garrick Simpson, Jade Williford, Ashley Williams, Nathan Williams, Miah Barnard, Riley Barnard, Craig Williams, Kiryn Headrick, Marissa Headrick, Delany Eber, McKenzie Eber, Liam Eber, Hayden Cole, Megan McKeller, Amanda McKeller, Kayla McKeller, Laura Imrie, Alyssa Jones, Kara Jones, Dylan Jones, Molly Jones, Samuel Jones and Joshua Jones; four great-great grandchildren, Abigail Simpson, Caleb Williford, Cole Williford and Kyndall Williams; brother in law, Darrell Duke of Harrisburg; and a sister-in-law, Yvonne Miller of Harrisburg.
Clifton was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Natalie Simpson Grubbs; one daughter-in-law, Sara Beth Jones; two brothers, Bernard Jones and Garcia Jones; three sisters, Lucy Brannam, Narlington Brannam and Freda Hunt; and two sons-in-law, Jimmie Dale Williams and John Pingleton.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. The Rev. Bill Jones will officiate assisted by the Rev. Barry Bascom. Military gravesite rites will be conducted by the Harrisburg and Carrier Mills American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and National Guard. Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page at www.reedfuneralchapel.com