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William Ottis Jones

William Ottis Jones, 99, of Laurel, Mississippi, died Friday, October 9, 2020 in Laurel, Mississippi.

William Ottis Jones was born February 17, 1921 in Laurel, MS to O.N. and Miriam Jones. Ottis married the love of his life Louise Crocker on May 12, 1943. They were married for 72 years until her death in 2015.

Ottis Jones will be remembered as a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend. He was a kind, gentle, and giving man who was always eager to help anyone who was in need. He had a passion for gardening, traveling, and building. He loved gospel music and was a faithful member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church.
Ottis was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service to our country during World War II.
He retired from United Airlines in 1985 after 32 years of service.

He is survived by his son William Ottis "Bill" Jones Jr. (Marsha); daughters Nancy Ann Barrow (Randy); and Patricia Ann Ward. Grandchildren Mike Egan (Trish), Andrea Gilmore (Bubba), Amanda Dyess (Keith), James Jones (Shannon), Nick Barrow (Andrea), Brian Barrow (Melinda). 10 Great grandchildren, one sister, Dot Hinton and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Louise Jones, his parents O.N. and Miriam Jones; three brothers; Earl, Ralph, and Ray Jones; and one sister; Myrtle Jefcoat.
His grandsons will serve as Pallbearers.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 12, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with services at Colonial Chapel of Laurel at 11:00 AM. Burial to follow immediately in Springhill Baptist Church cemetery.

Colonial Chapel of Laurel is in charge of arrangements. (601)649-3342

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William Ottis Jones
February 17, 1921 - October 9, 2020




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