Walter Baskerville Jones, 70, of Emerald Isle, North Carolina, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2015. He was born October 8, 1944 in Blackstone, Virginia, the son of the late Walter Lynwood Jones and Gertrude Haskins Jones. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Jones Belsha.
Surviving are his wife, Sylvia; his daughter, Jennifer Jones Harrill (Dixon); son, Peter Lynwood Jones; and step-daughter Jamie Eller Patrick (Jason). He is survived by five grandchildren: Andrew Walter Gavre, John Christopher Gavre, Evelyn Taylor Jones, Alyda Zehmer Jones, and Olivia Maddux Jones, and three step-grandchildren, all whom he adored. Walt grew up on his family farm, Laurel Branch, in rural Southside Virginia. The farm has been in the Jones family for over 275 years and was an important part of his family heritage. He graduated from Kenbridge High School in 1962 and was a proud 1967 graduate of the College of William and Mary. He continued his education at NC State University, obtaining his Masters Degree in 1973. He was a life-long educator, serving as the Dean of Men at Louisburg College before he moved to Raleigh, N.C. in 1973 and spent 30 years working in various capacities in the University Career Center at NC State. He retired as Director of the Career Center in 2003. Walt was dedicated to helping young adults and loved his career in higher education. Additionally, Walt was an avid supporter of Wolfpack Athletics (Go Pack!) and a loyal fan through feast and famine, as he might say.
In addition to his academic work, Walt was a tireless volunteer and civic leader. He was active in the Raleigh Lions' Club. Since retiring to Emerald Isle, N.C. in 2005, Walt has served on various committees with the Swansboro Rotary Club, most recently on the Board of Directors. Additionally, Walt was serving as Vice-President of the Land's End Homeowner's Association. Walt also had a strong faith. He served on the Vestry and was a lay leader and active member at St. Peter's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Swansboro. Walt had a very generous heart and could always be counted on to help a friend in need or serve those in the community. Never one to draw attention to himself, Walt was more comfortable serving quietly and humbly. He leaves a legacy of volunteerism and civic responsibility to his children and grandchildren to carry on in his absence.
Walt was a gifted storyteller and was known for his warm wit and entertaining tales. He brought a smile to the face of nearly everyone he met. He enjoyed a round of golf with his friends most weeks since retiring and loved to spend time fishing in the surf or walking the beaches of his beloved Emerald Isle. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and many friends.
The family will be receiving visitors at St. Peter's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Swansboro, N.C. on Tuesday, June 23 from 5 - 7pm. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter's on Wednesday, June 24 at 1pm. A reception will follow the service at the Lands End neighborhood clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to either St Peter's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church or the Swansboro Rotary Club.
Electronic condolences may be left for the family at www.jonesfh.org