He was born on Sept. 3, 1921, in Cardonia, the son of William Jones and Frances Bryan Jones. After graduating from Van Buren High School, he married Florence Irene Mogan on Sept. 4, 1941. As a young boy, his father and grandfather paid him a dime a hole for drilling dynamite holes in their coal mine during the depression. After marriage, he worked first for the railroad and then settled in for a 25-year career with Arketex. In the late 1960's, he left that career to begin selling insurance. He eventually became owner of Allied Insurance Agency as well as the H&R Block franchise in Brazil, many of those years working side by side with his wife, and later his daughter and granddaughter. After selling the insurance agency in 1986, he continued to actively work in the tax office until he was 80 years old.
Bill was a 50-year Mason, as well as a long time member of the Van Buren Township Advisory Board. After retirement from the insurance agency Bill took up golf. For many years he could be seen with the same friends every morning playing nine holes. He shot his age at age 79 and carded two holes-in-one.
Bill was the ultimate family man. He was president of the Van Buren Band Boosters and PTA during his daughter's high school days, and rarely missed a ballgame, band contest or soccer game of his grandchildren or great-grandchildren, even this past summer. Over the last several years, Bill enjoyed his friends at Hardee's for breakfast, McDonald's for lunch and playing pool at the Senior Citizen center
Bill was a long-time member of the Carbon United Methodist Church and in the last few years attended the First United Methodist Church with all of his family. He was also a member of the Brazil Elks Lodge.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Florence on Aug. 25, 2000.
He is survived by his daughter Sue (Junior) Goshen, grandchildren Andy (Larissa ) Goshen and Amy (Brian) Kaufman, and his great-grandchildren Christopher and Nicholas Kaufman and Benjamin Goshen, all of Brazil. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law and their spouses Joe (Betty Ann) Mogan, Carbon and James (Shirley) Mogan, Gulf Shores, AL. Bill is also survived by nephews, Mike Mogan and Greg Mogan of Brazil, Matt Mogan of Foley, Ala., and niece Jamie Mogan, Gulf Shores, Ala., and several cousins. He is also survived by a friend of the last nine years, Jeannie Roy, Fort Meyers, Fla.
Pall Bearers are Mike Mogan, Greg Mogan, Brian Kaufman, Andy Goshen, Christopher Kaufman, Benjamin Goshen and Jim Pickett
Honorary Pall Bearers are Joe Mogan, Jim Mogan, Dale Jones, Charlie White and Ted Slack
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, with Pastors Gregg Rittenhouse and Mark Grayless officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home, Friday, from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Clay County Senior Citizen Center or the Coats for Kids Ministry of the First United Methodist Church in Brazil.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.