BANGOR – Joseph Whitfield Jones Jr., a longtime resident of Bangor, died Oct. 4, 2009, at a Bangor hospital. Jones was born Oct. 7, 1927, to Joseph Whitfield Jones Sr. and Bernice (Williams) Jones of Roanoke, Va. He grew up and attended college in North Carolina before joining the services after World War II. At age 20, in 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to begin a military career at the dawn of the Cold War era. His assignments took him over land and seas to California, the Azores, Montana, New York and eventually to Bangor. In the mid-1950s, he was assigned to Greenham Common Air Base in England, where the U.S. Air Force had established a missile squadron. From 1960 to 1966, he worked with the Bomarc Missile Squadron at Dow Air Force Base, Bangor, before his last posting with the North American Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colo. Upon his military retirement in 1968, he and family returned to Bangor. Throughout the next four decades in Bangor he pursued his lifelong passions and loves – family, church, best friends, jazz, American history, space exploration and aviation. Jones is survived by his children, Avril Michelle Jones of Minneapolis, Michael Whitfield Jones of New York City and Derek Joaquin Jones of Montreal; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Friends may visit 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the chapel of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 234 French St., Bangor, where a service honoring his life will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, with the Rev. Marguerite A.H. Steadman, rector, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bangor; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.; or St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, S.D.
Posted Oct. 06, 2009, at 8:12 p.m.