Billy Jones, 83, of Anna, died Friday, March 19, 2021, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 17, 1937, in Makanda, the son of Irvin Albert and Marjorie Vivian Allan Jones.
He married Glenda Childress on April 27, 1994, in Henderson, Ky.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Glenda Jones of Anna; sons Billy Jr. (Georgia) Jones and their family of St. Augustine, Fla., Jeff (Angie) Oppenheimer of East Moline, John (Kim) Yoast of Blairsville and Nathan (Regina) Yoast of Jackson, Mo.; other children; grandchildren Travis and Sierra Jones; many other grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Dorothy) Jones of Carmi and Gary (Marsha) Jones; other relatives and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kenny, Bob and Donnie Jones; a sister, Shirley Ann Jones; and his mother-in-law, Lyla Childress.
Mr. Jones was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church for many years. He retired from Southern Illinois University after working over 30 years in maintenance at the physical plant.
He was an avid woodworker and arrowhead hunter. He loved the outdoors and would spend many hours walking the bluffs and countryside of Southern Illinois. He was also involved in Civil War reenactments for 25 years.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Doug Bridgeman officiating.
Interment was in Lipe Cemetery in Makanda. Graveside military rites were conducted by Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the VFW in Anna and the Illinois Army National Guard funeral honor team of Marion.
Memorials can be made to Residential Hospice.
To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.
Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.