Thomas E. Jones, a retired investigator for the Philadelphia City Controller’s Office, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. He was 88.
He was born on March 6, 1931, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, to the late Kenneth Sherman and Jannie A. Tate. He grew up on a farm and attended Erica School. He migrated to Philadelphia when he was a teenager.
Jones accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age. He joined White Rock Baptist Church on Jan. 31, 1965, and was a faithful worshiper.
Jones started working at a young age. He was a warehouseman at General Tire Co. for 40 years. After retiring from General Tire, he became an investigator in the office of city controller. His family said after 50 years of working, he relished retirement and was content to take it easy.
He married Ruth Crabbe on May 3, 1952, and three children were born to their union.
Jones was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was committed to providing and caring for his family. He would do anything for them and he constantly checked on their well-being.
“Thomas was a soft-spoken, even-tempered man of integrity who was well respected by all,” his family said in a tribute.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, boating, watching television and going to Virginia. He would tell fishing tales, especially about “the big one.”
“Thomas had a great sense of humor and a strong sense of compassion for others,” his family said.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his son, Alfred (Victoria); daughters, Barbara and Cecilia; grandchildren, Kristin, Mark and Anya; sisters, Luvenia Reed, Berneda (James) Baker and Mildred (Clifford) Dixon; brothers, William (Pat) and Bernard; sisters-in-law, Nena Franklin, Levernia (Robert) Reed, Pearl (Lynwood) Tate, Bertha (Charles) Payton and Leola (Charles) McDowney; brother-in-law, T. Edison (Deborah) Crabbe; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Dec. 20 at White Rock Baptist Church, 5240 Chestnut St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Ivy Hill Cemetery.
Flemuel Brown Jr. Funeral Home handled the arrangements.