Samuel Lee Jones was born on July 30, 1936 in Halifax County, North Carolina to the late Charlie S. Jones and Pearl Alston Jones. He was the fifth child of seven.
Sam attended Booker T. Washington High School and received Christ prior to enlisting into the United States Navy, in which he served in the Korean War.
Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, Sam held a variety of positions that ranged from carpentry, railroad maintenance, boiler room technician to long distance truck driving. However, he was most passionate about driving charter tour buses, which he did for over 25 years retiring from Martz Bus Company. Whether he was driving professional sports teams to the airport or groups to family reunions or casinos, Sam never met a stranger. His personality and connection with people provided the onboard entertainment.
Sam was a well-rounded sports fan. He was wholeheartedly dedicated to every single Philadelphia professional sports team, Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, and even the Flyers. He was a throwback listening to games on the radio while he sat in the garage barbequing ribs. Sam loved nothing more than cooking a large meal and having family over to eat, laugh and enjoy themselves.
Sam is preceded in death by siblings Florine Byers (Bill), Charlie “Buddy Boy”, Dorothy Harrison (Don), Hazel Morgan (Norman), brother-in-law Cary Wright, and sister-in-law Georgia Jones.
Sam transitioned to his eternal reward and leaves a legacy of love and cherished memories for his devoted wife, Alethea Maxine Jones, nine children: Vickie Graham (Gerald), Mike (Faith), Sabrina, Evelyn, Roderica, Angela Watson (Greg), Raymont (Sam), Keith (Terri), and Stephanie. Sam is also remembered by his two siblings: Oscar “Buck” and Ernestine Wright, sister-in-law Ruth, former partners Joyce Daley and Pauline “Micki” Jones, 19 grandchildren, and 32 great grandchildren. Sam’s family continues to extend to a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.