Raleigh native Drewry James Jones, Jr. — “Jones” to his many friends — died peacefully at his family home on October 24th with wife Susie, son Drew, and dear friend and caregiver Annie Jordan at his side.
A graduate of Needham B. Broughton High School, Davidson College, and the UNC—Chapel Hill School of Law, Jones was a widely respected Triangle area attorney. In addition, he was an active civil leader and devoted volunteer for several local organizations.
It was at UNC during the summer of 1968 that Jones and Susie first met. He was preparing for the N.C. Bar exam while Susie, a student at Hollins College in Virginia, was taking a UNC summer school course. They were married during a ceremony in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. some ten years later on May 13, 1978. Their son Drew was born in Raleigh on November 6, 1980.
Jones was a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association, Carolina Country Club, Country Club of North Carolina, Terpsichorean Club, Sphinx Club, Glenwood Syndicate investment club, and various other civic and social groups. Jones also served as President of the Board of Directors of Hospice of Wake County (now Transitions LifeCare) and the Wake County SPCA. Additionally, he served for several years on the William Peace University Board of Visitors.
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Jones served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970 with a year of duty in Vietnam, rising to the rank of captain, and receiving the Bronze Star. Upon being discharged from the military, Jones then worked four years as a legislative assistant on the staff of former U.S. Congressman L. Richardson Preyer (D, N.C.) in Washington. In 1974, Jones returned to Raleigh and began his legal career that continued until his retirement in 2005.
Jones was predeceased by parents Drewry James Jones, Sr. and Elma Joyner Jones and by sister Sarah Jones, all of Raleigh. Surviving are wife Susan Kanto Jones, son Drewry James Jones, III and treasured family pet Baxter the basset hound. The extended family includes long time caregiver and family friend Annie Jordan of Raleigh.
An avid musician, golfer, historian, and patriot, Jones will be missed profoundly and remembered warmly by his wide and diverse circle of friends, golf partners (and opponents), racquetball colleagues, and guitar and piano enthusiasts. He was blessed with a quick wit, a sharp mind, a generous heart, and a delightful and often audacious sense of humor. Had he chosen something other than a career in Law, he could have been a successful musician, photographer, statesman, or writer — truly a man for all seasons. Jones will be remembered most of all for his unconditional love of “all creatures, great and small.” Jones was “Jones.” May he rest in peace.
After private memorial rites, a celebration of Jones’s life will be held at a later date. Gifts in Jones’s name can be donated to Transitions LifeCare, Wake County SPCA, and William Peace University.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh.