Cleta Maxine Jones

Mrs. Cleta Maxine Jones, 95, formally of Farina, Vandalia, and Clinton, passed away peacefully on early Friday morning, April 5, 2019 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida.

Funeral services were held Thursday April 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo with the Rev. Kent “Pee Wee” Denton officiating. A visitation was held for the family and friends the same day at the funeral home beginning at 10 a.m. Burial was at the Sidener Cemetery, rural St. Elmo, following the service. She was buried next to her husband.

Cleta was born in Farina on Aug. 6, 1923, one of 12 siblings into the family of Lewis and Anna Bell Simmons-Hawkey. She married William Eugene Jones on July 22, 1939 in Effingham. He preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 1992.

Cleta lived in Farina, Vandalia, and Clinton, and then moved to Florida in 1969. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be greatly missed. In addition to raising seven children, she worked outside the home throughout her life as a custodian, housekeeper, and waitress.

Cleta is survived by her son Edward (Patricia) Jones of Fort Pierce, Fla.; three daughters: Mary (Robert) Thomas of Swansea, Barbara (Richard) Taylor of Bloomington, and Martha Vale of Lecanto, Fla.; two brothers, Lewis (Veda) Hawkey of Lawton, Okla. and Rolland Hawkey of Effingham; 24 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons James Aaron, Lewis Earl, and Clifford Jones; granddaughters Sherry Jones-Tappenhagen, and Angela Jones-Moyer; brothers Elsworth, Jerry, Harold Gene, Kenneth, and Earl Hawkey; and sisters Pauline Depoister, Mildred Bermingham, Imogene Beasley, and Aileen Hawkey.

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