Randall C. Jones, 65 - Mt. Zion

Randall C. Jones, 65, of Mt. Zion, West Virginia, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2009 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

He was born December 31, 1943 in Weston, West Virginia, the son of the late Adren and Freeda Jones of Glenville, WV.

Randall was married on June 10, 1967 and is survived by his wife of forty one years, Sue Jones of Mt. Zion. They have one daughter, Shannon Jones Johnson and her husband Jeremy of Elkins, WV. Also left at home, is his pet Abigail, a miniature Schnauzer. Many other faithful pets preceded him in death.

He is survived by sisters, Wandalene Drake (Harry) of Glenville, Tonabell Turner (Heryl) of Newark, WV; and one brother, Lyndall Jones (Judy) of Mineral Wells, WV. Also surviving is one sister in law, Jolene Jones of West Union, WV. There are numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were sisters, Deronda Rickman (Noah), Wilodene Currence (Marvin) and one brother, Raymel Jones of West Union.

Randall graduated from Glenville High School where he was a noted football player. He obtained a BS Degree in Agronomy from West Virginia University. He was retired after 37 years from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, formerly Soil Conservation Service. He worked in offices in Martinsburg, Fairmont, Lewisburg, and was the District Conservationist in the Grantsville-Glenville field offices from 1971 to January 1, 2003.

He was an outdoor enthusiast traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, and observing nature. Randall enjoyed his backyard orchard that contains many varieties of apples, including several antique apples. He was an avid WVU Mountaineer Football fan and loved to attend and watch games.

Randall was a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He was a 4-H leader, 4-H Camp Counselor, and 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor in Shotgun on the county and state level. he was an assistant advisor to the Calhoun 4-H Teen Leaders and the Calhoun PRIDE Drug Free Youth Team.

Randall is a 4-H All Star and a member of the WV 4-H Hall of Fame.

Randall and his family wish to thank Dr. Kim Stooke, Dr. Nik Shah, Dr. Barry Lifson, Dr. Koch, Dr. Shank, and other doctors and their nursing staff that assisted in his care and hospital visits. They are also grateful for the loving care provided by the nurses and support staff on the Oncology floor at Camden Clark. Those who held Randall and the family near in thoughts, prayers, and deeds are so appreciated.

Randall will be cremated and his ashes distributed by his immediate family. A celebration of Randall's life will include visitation on Friday, February 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. and a memorial service conducted by Rev. Rick Swearengin at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Randall Jones can be made to the WVU Foundation to support the 4-H Camping Program Fund (2V529) Send donations to PO Box 6031, 806 Knapp Hall, Morgantown, WV 26506.