Barbara Jones, the daughter of the late Ruben and Veler Smith of Baxley, died Feb. 2, 2012 after a short illness. She was born March 19, 1955. Barbara was the ninth child of 13 children. She was a life long native of Baxley. Ms. Jones graduated from Appling County School System. She worked at the Appling County Hospital for many years. After that she worked for Ship-N-Shore until they closed in 1989. Deciding she wanted more education she went to Altamaha Technical Institute in Jesup, receiving her degree in office information. In addition to her parents, a son, Tommy Jones, Jr. and a sister, Ruby Lee James also preceded her in death.
Survivors include husband of 35 years, Tommy Lee Jones, Sr.; one daughter, Tynesia Sairree (Brandon) Vann of Hazlehurst; six sisters, Eva Jean (Joel) Cray, Mary L. Hines, Pastor Billy (John) Jackson, Kathy (Henry) Ryals, Johnnie (Clifton) Jackson, all of Baxley and Mildred Miller of Soperton; five brothers, David (Rosetta) Smith of Tampa, FL, Ruben Smith, Jr. of Fort Valley, Pastor Paul E. (Marianne) Smith of Collins, Jackie (Gloria) Smith of Toy, AL and Mitchell (Betty) Smith of Hazlehurst; seven sisters-in-law, Ethel Lee (Ezel) Allen of Jacksonville, FL, Gladys (Willie) Harris, Carolyn Burkes, Pastor Loraine (Willie) Drake, Angela E. Jones, all of Baxley, Laglinda (Willie) Jackson of Las Vegas, NV and Rose Marrie Knox of Port St. Lucie, FL; two brothers-in-law, John L. Jones of Charleston, S.C. and Clyde Jones of Baxley; two aunts, Evon Nelson of Connecticut, MA and Eunice Brown of Jacksonville, FL; one uncle, Lonell (Dellen) Austine of Connecticut, MA; three special aunts, Imogene Crayton, Evang. Sarah Joe Goggins, and Pastor Sarah Ruth Mims, all of Baxley and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Barbara Jones were held Wednesday, Feb. 8 at New Jerusalem Church in Baxley with Overseer, Sarah R. Mims officiating. Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens in Baxley.
Active pallbearers were Moses Cray, James Thomas, Faladin Brewer, Raphael James, Curtis Thomas, Freddie Brewer, Brandon Vann and Javon James.
Honorary pallbearers were Gregory Brown, Joel Cray, Ruben James, Bishop John Jackson, Arthur Lee Brown and Robert James.
Musical selections were rendered by the choir.
Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.