Former BIC principal dies after two-vehicle accident
Joseph "Joe" Jones, 55, of Leachville died Thursday, Nov. 6, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center following a 2-vehicle accident on Arkansas 168 North.
Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston said Jones was freed from his 1991 Chevrolet Cavalier by the Greene County Rescue Squad after his vehicle and a 1992 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by Kimberly Gunter, 29, of 3364 Greene 715 Road collided. Gunter was treated and released at AMMC.
Langston said Jones' vehicle was southbound on Arkansas 168 when it rounded a curve in the wrong lane and collided with Gunter's Blazer. The sheriff said it was raining when the accident occurred and the road was slick.
Langston said Jones was alert and talking when deputies arrived on the scene. He had facial cuts and complained of leg pain. Jones was removed from the vehicle and taken to AMMC for treatment. The sheriff said he also talked with Jones at the hospital. He later died from apparent complications, Langston added.
Jones retired from Buffalo Island Central Junior High School following the 2000-2001 school year where he had served as principal for 19 years at Leachville and later BIC. He served eight years as elementary principal and 11 years as junior high principal in the BIC school district.
Jones had given 33 years to education serving two years as a teacher and 31 years as a principal. He began his teaching career in Helena West Helena in 1968.
At his retirement reception, it was said, "He is always willing to go that second mile with children."
Jones served as director of Area 8 Special Olympics from 1975 to 1982, was Jurisictional President Woodman of the World, past District Governor of the Lions Club, President of School Masters in Mississippi County.
Jones is survived by his wife, Jeanne Jones of the home, and his parents, L.V. Jones and Mildred Chapel Jones of Walcott; a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Rita Adams of Walcott; a sister, Margaret Davenport of Walcott; two nieces and two nephews.
The funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Heath Colonial Chapel with Phillip Swindle, Darrel Austin and Ed Lands officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Walcott.
Pallbearers were Roland Wells, Homer Craig, Jim Bowlin, John Stull, George Ed Holland, Eddie Bolar, Roger Jones, and Paul Ray Adams.
Honorary pallbearers were William Olive, State Jurisdictional Officers of the Woodman of the World.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the Joe Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund: Buffalo Island Central School; Mt. Zion Cemetery Trust Fund.