Charles Edward "Charlie" Jones, 78, formerly of Victoria, Texas, passed away after a long illness on May 28, 2014, at his home, in College Station. Charlie was born in Clendenin, West Virginia, on November 11, 1935, to Elmer and Boneda Jones.
Charlie was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He was employed for 38 years at DuPont and during that time owned his own business as a homebuilder in Victoria. After his retirement from DuPont, he volunteered his construction expertise to serve as the lead builder for 42 homes for Habitat for Humanity. He served as chairman for Habitat for Humanity and was the first recipient of the organization's Charlie Jones Lifetime Achievement Award given for his many years of service. The award continues in his honor. Charlie also received the Jefferson Award in 1998 for outstanding public service by residents of the Golden Crescent Area.
Charlie was a member of First Baptist Church in Victoria, where he served as an usher, president of Baptist Men and chairman of the properties committee. He was a leader for 28 years in his church's mission project to build cottages for Casa Hogar, a children's orphanage in Matamoros, Mexico, and he always was available to help widows and the elderly with home repairs.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 36 years, Eleanor Pierce Jones, and by his daughters, Jacquie Barnett (Buddy) of Corpus Christi and Kay Jones of Katy; stepdaughters, Cindy McClure (Bobby) of College Station, Debbie Caudle (David) of Rice and Lenora Mabray of College Station; sisters, Jane Parsons of Dunbar, West Virginia, and Jean Burton of Hillsboro, North Carolina. Charlie is also survived by 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents; and by his granddaughter, Melissa Caudle.
The pallbearers will be David Justin Caudle, Eric Jones, Colton Speed, Bobby Lee, Gary Turner and Charles Fontanier. The honorary pallbearer will be Dick Mabray.
Visitation will be held on from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 3,at First Baptist Church, Victoria, followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m. Internment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be designated to Casa Hogar, Matamoros, Mexico or Habitat for Humanity, Victoria, TX in care of First Baptist Church, 301 N. Glass St., Victoria, TX 77901.
Arrangements under the care of Grace Funeral Home.