From a contemporary press report:
William Marcus “Jonesey” Jones Sr., 60, a retired Navy lieutenant commander who also had a civilian career with the Navy as a high-ranking accounting official, died of a heart attack December 13, 1998 at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Virginia.
Commander Jones, a Fairfax resident, was born in Okanogan, Washington. He served 20 years in the Navy, beginning in the early 1960s.
He served aboard aircraft carriers and destroyers and was in Vietnam during the war there. Later, he had assignments at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay and with the Naval Intelligence Command.
Upon his retirement from active military duty in 1982, he became a certified public accountant and received a Virginia real estate license. He ended his 15-year civilian career with the Navy in 1997, retiring as assistant inspector general for audit and internal control.
His military honors included the Joint Service Commendation, the Navy Achievement Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. His honors for his civilian work included the Sustained Superior Performance Award and the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.
He also was a skilled craftsman and mechanic who enjoyed working on cars and restoring old buildings.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Montague Smith of Fairfax; three children, Catherine DeVeaux Jones of Mission, B.C., Vincent Charles Jones of Wilmington, N.C., and William Marcus Jones Jr. of Johnstown, Colo.; a sister, Erma Lou Galt of Annandale; and three grandchildren.
JONES, WILLIAM MARCUS, LCDR, USN (Ret.)
On Sunday, December 13, 1998, at Fairfax Hospital, WILLIAM MARCUS JONES, of Fairfax, VA, husband of Catherine Montague Smith; father of Catherine DeVeaux Jones of Mission, British Columbia, Vincent Charles Jones of Wilmington, NC and William Marcus Jones, Jr. of Johnstown, CO. Also survived by three grandchildren, James Adams Martinez-Jones, William Marcus Jones, III and Elizabeth Jane Jones; one sister, Erma Lou Galt of Annandale, VA, her husband and their three sons. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 24 at 10 a.m. at Ft. Myer Post Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
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