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Donald L. Jones

July 2, 1935 - April 26, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: April 30, 2018

Donald Leigh Jones, 82, of Belleville, IL, born Tuesday, July 2, 1935, in Saint Louis, MO, died Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.
He married Pamela Smith on August 12, 1961, in Glendale, MO.

Don began his life’s work as a school band and vocal teacher plus being a church choir director in Stronghurst, IL before serving in the U.S. Army. In 1961, he and his wife came to Belleville, where he was employed as a choral music teacher for 29 years at Belleville West High School, Belleville, IL. From 1961 to 1980, Don continued his work for the Lord by being the Chancel Choir Director first at Hillcrest Christian Church and then at St. Matthew United Methodist Church. He retired from Belleville West High School in 1990 and then did some substitute teaching at Belleville West for a number of years. Don was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL; Illinois Retired Teachers Association; St. Clair County (IL) Retired Teachers Association; American Choral Directors Association; and the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, Marissa, IL.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: Norman R.D. and Esther Margaret (nee Hamilton) Jones
  • Brother: John Hamilton Jones
  • Grandchildren:
    • Joshua Aaron Doerr
    • Rebekah Elizabeth Doerr

Don is survived by his:

  • Wife: Pamela, nee Smith, Jones
  • Daughter: Carole A. Jones, Belleville, IL
  • Daughter and son-in-law: Patricia A. and Walter J. Doerr, Fairview Heights, IL
  • Daughter: Donna L. Jones, Normal, IL
  • Sister: Margaret A. Jones, St. Louis, MO.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Donald L. Jones Music Scholarship at Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL; St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL; Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, Marissa, IL; Belleville West Choir Fund; or to an organization of the donor’s choosing.

Visitation: Visitation from 4-8 pm, Sunday, April 29, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL, and from 9:30-11 am, Monday, April 30, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral Service will be held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, Monday, April 30, at 11 am with Rev James Slone officiating. A prelude of choral music will begin at 10:23 am.
Interment will follow at Valhalla Cemetery, Belleville, IL.