William F. “Billy” Jones, 81 of Independence, Mo, departed this life Thursday, November 23, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Priceville, KY to Dorothy and Johnny Jones on January 2, 1936. He graduated from Center High School. He and his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Jones, married November 25, 1955. Bill Joined the Navy in September of 1955 and served four years. He spent all four years on an ice breaker. He did two, six months tours of the South Pole, one tour of the North Pole by way of Greenland with two tours through the Barren Straight to the North Pole. Bill loved to say, “These eyes have seen things that few people will ever see.” In 1986 Bill and Marilyn moved to Missouri.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Marilyn Fancher, four children, William Jr., Tony (Karla), Danny (Anita), and Angie Clarke (husband, Chad Schauffler), eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Donald Jones and wife, Polly; and one sister, Rebecca Chapman.
Funeral services will be held, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Winn Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Cosby Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will be from 12 noon on Thursday, November 30, 2017 until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. at Winn Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.winnfuneralhome.com