MOUNT AIRY — Mrs. Wilma Lee Tolbert Jones, 89, of Mount Airy, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Twelve Oaks Retirement Center. Mrs. Jones was born in Surry County on Aug. 30, 1923, to Walter Lee and Hallie Niston Tolbert. Surviving are sons, Steve Jones of Mount Airy and daughter-in-law, Mary Frances Jones of Advance, and Harvey Jones of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Laura Leigh VanDyk and husband Paul of San Antonio, Texas, Alicia Lynn Peters of Advance, Brad Jones and wife Susan of Charlotte, and Michelle Jones of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Mary Lou Turner and husband Ray; a brother, Walter Tolbert Jr.; a devoted nephew, Eddie Easter, family friend, Paul Boyd, all of Greensboro; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, John Harvey Jones; and brothers, Glenn and Darnell Tolbert. Mrs. Jones was retired from Davis Department Store in Winston-Salem, where she was a buyer in Foundations. When asked about her job, fitting girdles and bras, she would quip, “I’m in the meat-packing business.” She stayed busy throughout her life growing flowers, surrounded by items she made herself, including knit or crocheted afghans and doll clothes often shared with friends and family. She and Mr. Jones were inseparable for 72 years and loved serving their church together. They enjoyed trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the beach, always together. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Oakdale Cemetery by the Rev. Alex Martin. There will not be a formal visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church at 314 S. Franklin Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
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