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David Lee Jones Sr., 85, former mayor of Wilmington

David Lee Jones Sr.

WILMINGTON — David Lee Jones Sr., 85, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare. He was born Sept. 18, 1935, in New Bern. He was the son of the late Julia Collins Jones and Asa Jackson Jones.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Jones; two sons, Pete Jones, and his wife, Angie, and Scott Jones; four grandchildren, Candice, Christopher, and his wife, Samantha, Jeramie and Morgan Jones, and Damen Thompson; two great-grandchildren, Cooper and Owen Jones; dear, beloved, lifelong friend, Janet Monterose; and special niece, Carol Nichols.

Mr. Jones attended Craven County Schools, later served as an assistant music director of the Craven County Board of Education Public Schools and was a recipient of the New Bern High
School Football Hall of Fame. Some of his other affiliations and accomplishments include: member of UNCW Board of Visitors, former secretary of North Carolina Department of Corrections (1972 to 1976), former Mayor of the City of Wilmington (1999 to 2001), retired from BB&T Board of Directors, former member of Southern National Bank Board of Directors, former member of Peoples Trust and Bank Board of Directors, served as president of UNCW Seahawk Club, served as chairman of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce-Committee of Local Government Affairs, former member of North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, former member of the Salem Academy Law Enforcement Training Board, former member of Elderhaus Board of Directors, former member of the Wilmington and Fayetteville YMCA Board of Directors, former member of the North Carolina Commission of National & Community Service, recipient of the Man of the Year Award from the Republican Party, recipient of the UNCW Razor Walker Award in recognition of Distinguished Service to the People of North Carolina, recipient of the Star News Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award.

Some of his community Involvements included: member of Long Leaf Baptist Church, Cape Fear Free Will Baptist Church, Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Boy Scouts of America, Brigade Boys and Girls Club, Cape Fear Community College, Children’s Museum, Elderhaus, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Friends of Airlie Gardens, Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, March of Dimes, New Hanover County Public Library, Wilmington Rotary, Salvation Army, Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Southeastern Community College, Southeastern Sickle Cell, Special Olympics, United Cerebral Palsy, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USS North Carolina Battleship, YMCA, Endowments to UNCW, Cape Fear Community College, and Lower Cape fear LifeCare.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:40 p.m., Thursday, May 27, at Long Leaf Baptist Church followed by the funeral service at 3 p.m. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Long Leaf Baptist Church, Cape Fear Free Will Baptist Church, or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

The Jones family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the caregivers at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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