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Joseph Wesley Jones

June 2, 1924 October 21, 2009
Joseph Wesley Jones
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Obituary for Joseph Wesley Jones

Joseph Wesley Jones, 85, of Huntingtown, MD passed away on October 21, 2009 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Charlotte Hall, MD. "Wesley", as he was known to all of us, was the third child born to the late Louise Chase and Harrison Jones in Huntingtown, MD. He attended the public schools in Calvert County and graduated from Brooks High School in 1942.
Wesley joined the army in 1943 and was stationed in Arizona. With his quick mechanical mind, he quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was honorably discharged early in order to return to help keep the family farm running.
In 1949, he met Vivian Wheeler, a young teacher from Monessen, Pennsylvania and in 1950, they were married. Being given a parcel of land by his parents on Rt. 4 in Huntingtown, he proceeded to build his bride a home, where Vivian continues to live. He continued to raise cattle and pigs on their farm on Arminger Road in addition to raising tobacco there and at his home on Rt. 4.
Wesley was a busy man. He joined in with a group of African-American entrepreneurs and became a school bus contractor in the early 50's. Bus #48 traveled up the northern end of the county picking up children and safely delivering them to Brooks High School. He also worked in Washington, D.C. as a mechanic and truck driver and was often called upon to perform veterinary services for neighboring farmers. Wesley and Vivian were blessed with two children- Deborah Ann and Cameron Wesley.
Wesley was a fighter. In the late 1970's he was injured when a tractor overturned on him. He fought his way back to health and resumed his many jobs. In 1988, he and his wife traveled to Toronto and received the Golden Merit Award from The National School Transportation Association. He was a life time member at Patuxent United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee, in charge of the cemetery, and was in charge of all improvements and constructions done at the church.
Wesley was very active in the community. People throughout the community knew that if they needed something done to call "Wesley Jones". If he couldn't do it, (which was rarely the case!) he knew how to find someone who did. He was a member of the American Legion Gray Ray Post #220 and a member of the Masonic Lodge. When tobacco production began to decline, he added more beef cattle and buses to his business. He continued to drive and conduct his bus business until he was no longer able.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Jones Smith; a brother, Frederick Shelburne Jones, and grandson, Jordan E. Riley. He leaves to cherish his legacy his wife of 58 years, Vivian W. Jones; a daughter, Deborah Ann and son-in-law, Larry Riley; a son, Cameron Wesley and daughter-in-law, Phyllis Jones; 3 grandchildren, Natlie L. Riley, Aaron Z. Riley and Brandon JW Jones; a brother, Phillip Harrison Jones; a foster brother, Nicholas Bond; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Cemetery:

Patuxent UM Church 3500 Solomons Island Road North Huntingtown, MD 20639 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Sunday, October 25, 2009 (map/driving directions)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Jesus The Divine Word 885 Cox Road Huntintown, MD 20639 on Monday, October 26, 2009 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 AM at Jesus The Divine Word 885 Cox Road Huntintown, MD 20639 on Monday, October 26, 2009 (map/driving directions)

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