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George Lawrence Jones, 76, of Newberry and formerly of Dalton, GA, died Friday, April 26, 2019 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on September 30, 1942 in Newberry, he was a son of the late Dwight W. and Annie Laura Ruff Jones. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and his PHD from the University of of Georgia. Mr. Jones was retired from Dalton State College after 40 years of service as a history professor. He was a member of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, the Southern Historical Society, the Georgia Historical Society, the Lexington Genealogical Society, Dutch Fork Historical Society, and the South Carolina Genealogy Society.

Dr. Jones was a dedicated Christian. Evidence in his compassion and acts of kindness for his students, family, and friends. He was a member of the choir at First Baptist Church of Dalton until his health began to decline. He continued to serve in a volunteer capacity while he was able. Dr. Jones endeared himself to his students. Only weeks ago, he received a surprise visit from an exchange student (accompanied by his wife) from the Netherlands. Since early in his teaching career, this student and many others continued to communicate and would often return to visit. His passion for genealogy over the past 50 years reflects his love for family. He organized the Ruff Family Reunion for many years up to and including last year while experiencing serious difficult limitations.

He is survived by his sisters, Judith Ann Jones of Newberry, Glenda (Jimmy) Wood of Columbia and Muriel “Mickey” (James) Ray of Ootleway, TN; brothers, Doyle H. (Mary Frances) Jones and Keith (Ann) Jones both of Florence and Denny Jones and a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Jones was predeceased by brothers, Emerson Jones and Fitzgerald Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Glenn Street Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm at Glenn Street Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Glenn Street Baptist Church, 300 Glenn Street, Newberry, SC 29108 or to Dalton First Baptist Church, 311 N. Thorton Avenue, Dalton, GA 30720.

Active pallbearers will be Ken Jones, Brian Jones, Kyle Jones, Alan Ray, Stan Wood, and Rick Pollard.

Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Pollard, Michael Jones, John Raymond Miller, Buren Mitchell.

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#12 Fred Nieuwland 2019-05-14 13:30
I am the exchange student from the Netherlands who visited George a couple of weeks before he passed away. I got to know George almost 40 years ago as he was my professor at Dalton junior college. He will be dearly missed by me and my family as we stayed in touch for all this time.I will always remember him as a gentle, caring and loving person. My condolances are for his family and friends.RIP George.
#11 Connie A Rayfield 2019-05-01 20:03
So sorry for GEORGE'S Passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. So I don't love it
#10 Marny B. Sanders 2019-04-30 17:17
George truly was a dear friend in high school. When several of us left Newberry to attend college in Columbia, George, once again, was right there for us. He was such a gentleman, always looking out for our best interests. He was very accommodating to me and several of my roommates. In fact, because of George inviting several of us to a USC dance, I met my husband-to-be that very night! George would ride home with us on weekends. We all have endearing memories of him. Reading the comments of others reminds us of just how special George was in so many ways.
His 10-point speech entitled, "What I Have Learned Since High School," speaks volumes of George's true character and outstanding attributes. He shared this speech with our fellow classmates of 1960. His #1 point states: "Life Without a Personal Lord and Savior Is Basically an Unfulfilled Life." No doubt we were deeply blessed to have been his friend. He touched so many lives and contributed much to make the world a better place. May God comfort, strengthen and give PEACE to his family members and loved ones.
#9 George LJones 2019-04-29 16:11
We have lost a great friend, teacher, Christian and contributor to the lives of an untold army of students. George and I were co-graduate students in the history dept at the University of Georgia and then we became colleagues again when I became the chairman of the Department of Social Sciences at Dalton Junior College. But it was more than that. I was blessed to have him as a friend and fellow in teaching. George was the living example of Dalton Junior College, Dalton College and Dalton State and what was best of our college. When you would say that you taught there, people would say, I went there and had George Jones there and tell you some story about his teaching style, a lesson learned or a kindness of his toward them. George was Dalton State and we have lost a big part of Dalton Georgia's history with his passing. If you were to have his funeral services in Dalton, it would be hard to find a place that would hold all the former students and friends who would come to honor and share their memories of him.
Personally, George was one of the greatest friends I have ever had. I could always count on his support when I was chairman and any time I needed some help or advice. When I would have academic quiz tournaments for Middle School and High School students for 30 years, he would always be the star Alex Trebec, particularly for the final rounds. He was such a great history teacher that he caused the rest of us to raise our level of instruction and teaching. I feel that with his passing, I have lost a chunk of me and I wish that I could be Newberry to honor his greatness. He will be heavily missed by those of us who were privileged to count him as our friend and his footprints will be impossible to fill.
#8 Dee Petty 2019-04-29 14:38
George was a kind and caring gentleman. These are just a few adjectives to describe his life. I was not a native of Newberry, but always felt accepted by all who were.

George called me almost two years ago when he heard I had experienced major vision loss. We had a long conversation about health issues and old times. We saw one another at class reunions - NHS Class of 60. My sincere sympathy to his family!
#7 Harriett Rucker 2019-04-29 10:55
George was a special friend for a long time. We send our sympathy to you, his wonderful family. May God's love and peace be with you at this sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you, Harriett and John Rucker
#6 Andy Price 2019-04-28 19:08
George will be missed by all! A good friend, a wonderful Educator and a great Historian. Bless you George.
#5 Clarissa Blackmore 2019-04-28 16:48
George's friendliness and kindness made him beloved by all in our class of '60. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. He leaves a void among us.
#4 Rhonda Lindler 2019-04-28 15:20
I remember Mr. Jones coming in and shopping with me at Towne Square Antiques, in Prosperity. He was a pleasure to be around. My condolences to all of the family.
#3 Mary Linda Hill 2019-04-28 12:31
George was a friend to all,a quick wit, intelligent,kin d,and in every way a gentleman. He was a special member of our Class of 60 and came to all of our reunions (of which we've had many!)until he was unable.We'll miss him so very much.
#2 Priscilla Sheppard 2019-04-28 07:22
As members r of the NHS Class 0f 1960, Gene and i send our deepest sympathies to the Jones family! George will be missed by all of us!
Priscilla and Gene Sheppard
#1 Sandra Nobles Korsch 2019-04-27 10:38
My deepest sympathy to the family. George was such a special and kind man and he will certainly be missed my many people. RIP, George...