Barbara Meredith Jones, 72, of Huntington, peacefully left her earthly home for her heavenly home on April 12, 2014. After a short illness, she passed away surrounded by family and friends at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington.
She will be greatly missed by her husband of 50 years, G. Tracy Jones; a son, G. Tracy Jones II of Richmond, Va., and his wife, Amy; a son, Troy M. Jones of Huntington; and a daughter, Jennifer Jones Fazzolari of Cross Lanes. She also leaves behind six grandchildren, Dominic, Foster, Brooke, Jay, Miles and Audrey, all of whom loved her and will miss her greatly.
Born in Alderson on July 17, 1941, Barbara was the first daughter after four sons, and ultimately became the fifth of seven children. She grew up in St. Albans and graduated from St. Albans High School in 1959. She then went to and graduated from West Liberty College of Dental Hygiene and practiced as a dental hygienist for more than 30 years in the Huntington area. She lived in Huntington for over 50 years. For many years she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Huntington, where she was also the wedding coordinator for several years.
Predeceased by her mother, Ruth Foster Meredith, and her father, Frank L. Meredith Sr., both of St. Albans, but formerly of Alderson; her eldest brother, Bill Meredith of Socorro, N.M.; and another brother, Ronald "Tags" Meredith of St. Albans. She leaves behind two older brothers, Ted Meredith and his wife, Gerry, of St. Albans and Frank Meredith III and his wife, Susie, of Parkersburg, and two younger sisters, Frances Meredith of Hurricane and Joan Meredith of Huntington. She leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and cousins, all of whom live throughout the United States. She leaves a maternal aunt, Christine F. Phipps of Huntington. Barbara will be sorely missed by her lifelong friends, members of a group who called themselves The Stars; besides Barbara, this included Sara "Shug" Miller, Beth Hensley Lucas, Joy Byrneside Peters and Carolyn Nester Judy, all originally from St. Albans. The motto of this exclusive group was "Been There, Done That."
Barbara loved her family, delighted especially in her grandchildren, and anything with a watermelon theme. Everyone who knew Barbara will understand.
Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville, is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. and the funeral service will commence at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Huntington. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Huntington.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to MAGIC Foundation, 6645 W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302; First United Methodist Church, 1124 Fifth Ave., Huntington, WV 25701; or Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, 3100 Staunton Ave., Huntington, WV 25702. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.hensonmortuary.com.