Wilbert Junior Jones

August 8, 1943 - January 1, 2021
Wilbert Junior Jones

Wilbert Junior Jones, 77, of Wellsville, OH, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 following a lengthy illness.  Wilbert was born in Wellsville on August 8, 1943, the son of the late John Jones and Alice Messer Jones.  He graduated from Wellsville High School with the Class of 1961.


Wilbert married the love of his life, Barbara Edgell, on April 6, 1963. Wilbert and Barb loved traveling and spent as much time as possible making memories while visiting new places.  Wilbert worked as a Maintenance Planner for Penn Power for over 20 years.  He eventually began working at Homer Laughlin and was able to retire in 2008.  Wilbert loved all things sports. He was a supporter of Wellsville athletics  and spent a lot of time at the Wellsville stadium or in the bleachers at Wellsville High School. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ohio State football teams.  He also spent many years as a youth and high school basketball referee.  He also belonged to the SOI Post 657 in Wellsville.   Above everything else, Wilbert loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who were the light of his life.


Wilbert will be sadly missed by: his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara; three children: Mark Jones, of Wellsville, Jennifer (Brent) Polen, of Salem, and Jeff (Heidi) Jones, of Hopewell Township.  “Pappy” will also be missed by his five grandchildren: Nick, Jenna, and Jayden Jones and Cassidy and Jarrod Polen and one great-grandchild, McKenna Jones.


Wilbert was preceded in death by his 6 siblings: Lloyd Jones, Jack Jones, Elizabeth Wallace, Amelia Wolfe, Georgia Doughty and Dorothy McCombs.


In compliance with Ohio state regulations and in connection to the COVID-19 public health crisis, a private service with immediate family will be held on Tuesday.  Burial will be in Spring Hill cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Wellsville High School Alumni Scholarship Association in memory of Junior Jones. Send donations to WHS Alumni Association, PO Box 629, Wellsville, OH 43968.

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  • January 02, 2021
    Jill Stanley says:
    Barbara and family. Todd and I are so sad to hear about Junior. He will be forever in our hearts. His warm smile and giving heart to so many will live on. We share in your sorrow. We love you all. Todd & Jill

  • January 02, 2021
    Kathy Palmer says:
    Barb, Jenn, Mark, Jeff.... I'm so sorry for your loss... Junior was one of the nicest men I knew.... Always had the smile on his face, and made everyone feel special... Thinking of him warms heart. You all were do blessed to have him.... Heart hugs and prayers.

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  • January 03, 2021
    Linda Rushwin says:
    Barb and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Junior. I have nothing but good memories of him growing up. If there was a party he was there, loved his family, and just a great person. He will never be forgotten. Love you all

  • January 03, 2021
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