Charles Larimore Jones, age 74, resident of Navarre passed away early Thursday morning, November 23, 2006, on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Born May 14, 1932 in Bridgeport, Jackson County, Alabama, Charles was the fifth of six children born to Shell D. and Edna Jones. Charles loved military service and education, but he was first and foremost a devoted Christian. As an active member of the Church of Christ, Fort Walton Beach, he taught Sunday School and loved singing. His distinguished military career spanned over 20 years during which time he earned numerous combat decorations and military awards. After serving 17 years in the Air Force as a Combat Controller and 3 years in the Army as a Green Beret, he earned several education degrees including Master of Science, with emphasis on criminal justice, Troy State University; Education Specialist, Troy State University; Doctor of Education, Auburn University; and Juris Doctor, Jones School of Law, Faulkner University. At the time of his passing, he was Adjunct Professor, Jones School of Law and Associate Professor Emeritus, Troy State University.
Charlie was an active member of the Air Commando Association, Combat Control Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29 in AL, and the Alabama Peace Officers.
Throughout his extensive military, educational and criminal justice careers, Charles maintained a sincere compassion for others and a wonderful sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Sara "Sugie" Jones; children, Rosemary and husband, Dr. Mark Hilliard, Charles "Chuck" Jones, Jr.; Kevin and wife, Valerie Jones, Tim and wife Kim Jacobsen, and Tara Jacobsen; grandchildren, Mark Aaron and wife Celeste Hilliard, Jessa and husband Jay Sexton, Seth Jones, Lauren Jones, Lucas Jones, Cory Jacobsen and Kyle Jacobsen; sisters, Caroline and husband Al Thompson, Bobbie and husband Zack Knight; brother, Gordon Jones; sisters in law, Wynene and husband Charles Dyess, Mary and husband Dois Watson; and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members.