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Jones, John

d. April 13, 2012

John Milton Thorton Jones, age 86, died at Gowin Parc of Pana on Friday, April 13, 2012.

A visitation will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 5:00 until 8:00. The funeral will take place at the Williamsville United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM. He was an active member of the church most of his life.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Williamsville United Methodist Church.

John was born on February 9, 1926 in Williamsville, the son of Sarah A. and Thorton P. Jones. He married Jamima E. Keathley on August 15, 1953 and she preceded him in death on March 27, 1998.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign and majored in accounting. He started his career at Ernest & Ernest in St. Louis as an auditor then became President of the Williamsville State Bank until his retirement.

He is survived by a son, Christopher (Gail) Jones of Springfield; a daughter, Heidi (Matthew) Freeby of Beaver Dam, WI; two grandsons, Marcus and John Freeby.

The family would like to thank Gowin Parc for their exceptional care of John as he fought Alzheimer’s Disease.

Rev. Dick Piscatelli will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Williamsville.


  1. I am very sorry for your loss! I will miss Uncle John greatly, I have some wonderfully fond memories of all of us together!

  2. Chris & Heidi, Sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Our Family will keep your Families in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. I send my sincerest condolences to Christopher and Heidi and your families. I have many fond memories of your parents from my days in Williamsville in the 50’s and 60’s. In fact, I babysat the two of you many times. I remember your dad as a most compassionate person during his days as bank president. One of the best laughs he gave the community was when he and your mom posed as American Gothic by Grant Wood ‚Äì aka ‚Äì ‚ÄúThe Cornflakes Couple‚Äù from a Cornflakes commercial. He had such a wonderful sense of humor.

    I know you will miss him.

  4. John’s friendship, attention and caring for our father in Sherman’s Assisted Living Home was wonderful. They lived across the hall from each other and kept their doors open. I think they had an un-spoken relationship. I know they really appreciated each other.

    With love and many thanks, Donna Achenbrenner

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