Edward Clyde "Skitzy" Jones II, 77, of Elk Creek Road, Philippi, died Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2017) at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
He was born Oct. 30, 1939, at Grafton, a son of the late Edward Clyde Jones and Marion Mahaffey Jones.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia Ann Wilson Jones, whom he married Nov. 24, 1965 (51 years of marriage); a son, Edward Clyde Jones III and his wife Kristie of Franklin Furnace, Ohio; granddaughter-in-law, Katie Jones of Manford, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jordan Elizabeth Jones, South Webster, Ohio, Dr. Leonard Herbert Otworth IV and his wife Molly, Dayton, Ohio, Briana Danielle Otworth and Matt Malone, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Brooklynn Paige Otworth, South Webster, Ohio; a brother, Jhaye Jones and his wife Carla of Rivesville; and surviving sisters.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Edward Tyler Jones; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, "Jiggs" and Anna Wilson; and his grandparents, Clyde Paul and Minnie Jones, who raised him.
Skitzy was a graduate of Mannington High School Class of 1957 and attended Fairmont State College while working at Snider's Florist and W.F. Jones Funeral, now known as Masters Funeral Home in Mannington, before entering the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he traveled the United States as well as Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland, being stationed in Verdun, France, in the 32 Combat Engineers Group Headquarters.
After completing schools when entering the service, he graduated from the U.S. Naval School of Military Justice before being honorably discharged in 1951.
He worked in the business market and married Georgia Ann Wilson raising a son, Edward Clyde Jones III. He entered the securities and insurance business in 1979, owning L.I.F.E. Planning Services in Clarksburg. Attending insurance classes at Fairmont State College, he attained the Life Underwriter's Fellow Designation in 1983. He then moderated Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) classes for the American College in Clarksburg.
Skitzy became very active in community and civic affairs as well as his professional organizations. He held offices in and was president of the Clarksburg Life Underwriters while also holding office in the General Agents Management Association. He was a member of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce. He maintained his Elks membership in Mannington since 1964. He also held offices and was president of the Lions Club of Clarksburg, being a member there since 1983.
He organized the first litter cleanup in Harrison County, called "Project Pride." Two years later, this project became Adopt-A-Highway that he and his wife Georgia were active in from the beginning of 1986, even after retiring in 1990. His hobbies were woodworking and caring for and riding his two-, three- and four-wheeled motorcycles, trikes and SUVs.
Family and friends may call from 2:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Mannington. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home with Pastor George Murphy officiating. The family will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the National Cemetery, Grafton, for interment, where full military rites will be accorded by the U.S. Army and the Marion County Veterans Council.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in "Skitzy" memory to the Louis A. Johnson Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301. Please write checks to Louis A. Johnson Medical Center and write GPF-1907 in the memo. On the outside of the envelope, below the address, write #135.
Published on February 16, 2017