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Originally published: 2013-03-14 13:32:19
Last modified: 2013-03-14 13:32:19

James Roland Jones

James Roland Jones, 68, of N.C. Hwy. 194 North, Boone, the Sands community, passed away Tuesday morning, March 12, 2013, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Roland was born in Watauga County on Dec. 21, 1944, to Raymond and Louise Christian Jones.
He worked for 25 years at the family business, Raymond Jones Heating and A/C, before becoming a Building Inspector for the Town of Boone, where he retired in 2010 after 25 years of service. He was an active member of Howard's Creek Baptist Church, where he and his wife were the Senior Adult (JOY) Group Ministry Coordinators. He participated in numerous mission trips and activities. Roland was a member of the High Country Fly Wheelers Association. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, photography, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandy Brown Jones; three daughters, Tammy McClannon and husband, Terry, Amy Shook and husband, Mark, and Jennifer Kemp and husband, Joe, all of Boone; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Shook, Kiersten and Jonathan McClannon, and Bryce Kemp, all of Boone; three sisters, Rebecca Holloway of Fleetwood, Frances Greene and husband, J.B., and Patricia Greene and husband, Larry, all of Boone; mother-in-law, Helen Brown; sister-in-law, Debbie Greer and husband, Tony; and brother-in-law, Randy Brown and wife, Lisa. A number of nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Jones; sister, Ramona Hardie; and father-in-law, Roby Brown.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Howard's Creek Baptist Church, officiated by John Mough and Joe London. Burial will follow in the Sands Cemetery.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Howard's Creek Baptist Church. At other times, friends may call at the Jones residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Howard's Creek Baptist Church EKG Building Fund, 240 HowardĄ's Creek Baptist Church Rd., Boone, NC, or the Sands Cemetery Fund, in care of Debbie Greer, PO Box 2651, Boone, NC 29607.
Online condolences may be expressed at the website
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Jones family.