George Lewis Jones (Lewis to family and friends), 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of November 20, 2021. Lewis was born August 11, 1938 to George and Lilly Jones. The youngest of four children, he grew up in Pine Grove, LA, where he married Barbara Griffin and embarked on his career as the fun-loving, devoted father of Steven, Jeffrey, and Lori. He worked for Exxon Mobil for most of his career, and was always in love with repairing, restoring, and driving vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles, and pretty much anything with a motor. Lewis enjoyed people, and was always happy to stop in, have a cup of coffee, and swap stories with his many friends, often while scouring the country for model train sets and parts for his collection. After a time being single, Lewis was lucky enough to meet Janice Porter, who he wed in 1984. Together, they had a daughter, Nikki, who in turn gave him the grandchildren he had always hoped to smother with attention. He retired from ExxonMobile after 29 years of service before moving to Ruston, LA, to be close to those beloved grandkids and family. Lewis is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Janice Porter Jones, his four children, Steven (Leila), Jeffrey (Dawn), Lori, Nikki DeOliviera (Bryan), and his grandchildren, Adalinne, Porter, and Evangeline. Lewis also considered Callie Zurovetz his honorary daughter, and Adah Rae as his honorary granddaughter. Before relocating to Ruston, Lewis was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where he will be laid to rest next to his brother, Russell, on Saturday, November 27. Visitation is between 10 am-12 noon with a service at 12 noon at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Pine Grove. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1
Published by The Advocate from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27, 2021.