Charles Herbert Jones (AKA Pete Jones) was born on November 18, 1941, to the late Willie “Boy” Jones and Ada Jones at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC. He attended CF Pope Elementary school in Burgaw and George Washington High School in NYC. He later attended Jefferson College in Greensboro, NC and graduated with a degree in Arts & Sciences.
Shortly after his High School graduation in 1961, he enlisted in the Military and served his country for twelve years. Pete served two terms of combat in the Army. He was deployed during the Vietnam War and served as a helicopter gunner with twenty-five successful missions with his division, known as The Cobras, during his first enlistment. Pete’s sense of duty to his country led him to re-enlist a second time and this time, he served in the Infantry in Vietnam. There were heavy casualties in his unit, but Pete served his unit well. Unfortunately, it was during this time that he was seriously wounded while in action. His injury was grave enough that it became a lifelong disability. The Army formally recognized his service, bravery and gallantry during the war by awarding him several medals and commendations: The US Army Distinguished Service medal, The US Army Air Medal with oak leaves cluster, The US Army Commendation Medal and The US Army Purple Heart Medal.
Pete met and fell in love with Ramona Herring of Burgaw, NC and they were married on March 6, 1971. From their 25+ year union, they had two children, Carlos and Nikki.
Pete was very fortunate in love, and later in his life met Mattie Young of Burgaw, NC. They were married on November 21, 1991. From this 25+ year union, they had a daughter Charla and a stepson, Corey.
During his life, Pete had many hobbies and passions, but none were stronger than his love for art and painting. His artistic style and sense easily extended from the canvas to his clothing and home.
He was very close to his family and proudly served as the Patriarch of the family after the passing of his father. His calm demeanor and wisdom made him someone that people would seek for guidance and sage-like advice in times of trouble. Pete would never allow someone to feel they were imposing on him even when he was suffering with his own trials and tribulations.
Because of his war injuries, Pete was under constant medical care during his life. He would never let anyone know when he was having a difficult heath issue- he would just smile and speak as he always had.
Unfortunately, his health issues would eventually worsen and on Sunday, August 8, he was admitted to the hospital in Intensive Care. He rested comfortably until God called him home the morning of August 11, 2021.
Pete was known and loved by family and friends alike - he will be truly missed!
He has left to mourn his life and memories: his former spouses, Ramona and Mattie; his children, Carlos, Nikki, Charla (and son-in-law, Lorenzo) and stepson Corey; his brothers: Ricky (and sister-in-law, Patricia), Billy and Kenneth; eleven grandchildren; a great-granddaughter and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
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