Lionel A. Jones Sr., a retired noncommissioned Army officer whose career spanned 25 years, died April 30 of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 76.
He was born in Lancaster, Va., and moved to Baltimore in 1939. After graduating from Frederick Douglass High School in 1955, he attended what is now Morgan State University for a year.
He enlisted in the Army in 1956 and attained the rank of sergeant major. During his career, he completed tours of duty in Vietnam, France, Hawaii, New Mexico, Alaska, Virginia and Washington.
The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident retired from the Army in 1981. Some of his decorations included the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and the Marksman Badge.
He was a member of the Mystic Shrine and was a member of ORO Temple No. 9.
Sgt. Maj. Jones was a longtime member of Fulton Baptist Church, where he was church treasurer for more than 20 years and was a member of the Junior Usher Board and the Adult Usher Board.
"He enjoyed reading," said his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Elizabeth "Bunny" Bunn.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at his church, 1630 W. North Ave.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Lionel A. Jones Jr. of Fayetteville, Ga., Raleigh Jones of Severn and Wiley Jones of Gaithersburg; two daughters, Monique Cephas of Baltimore and Melinee Cody of Newport News, Va.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times