William J. Jones

William J. Jones

William James Jones “Bill”


William James Jones “Bill” (Age 77) of Washington DC passed away on July 4, 2021. To Muriel (nee Potter) and Enos Jones, Bill was born October 26, 1943 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from Washington High School there in 1961, from Yale College, Class of 1965, and from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1968. After two years in the US Army, Bill moved to DC in 1970 and began his 40-year career in the Law Department of the US Postal Service. An avid fan of Classic Country, Bluegrass and Folk music, he was proud to have attended the Newport Folk Festival in 1963 and enjoyed introducing family and friends to the likes of Doc Watson and Bill Monroe. He was at the Word, an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and an early enthusiast of Apple computers and other Apple products. An avid reader, he also enjoyed traveling and hosting friends at the river house in St. Mary’s County, MD. Bill was a devoted husband to Martha (nee Chamberlin) Jones and stepfather to Robert Hunter (Susan Park) and Anne Hunter (Wayken Shaw). He was “Gramps” to Zac Hunter, Ava Hunter and Margot Hunter (born the week that Bill was in the hospital) and to Sybil Shaw. Also survived by his cousin, Robert Potter, of Florida. He and his wry humor will be missed by family and friends. A Memorial Service and Internment of Ashes is planned for Tuesday, August 3 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s name to St. John’s at the above address. Services by Pumphrey Funeral Home.