Delwin Eugene "Gene" Jones, a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on August 17, 2023, at CHI St. Vincent. He was born on January 14, 1931, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Delwin Alonzo Jones and Juanita E. (Morris) Jones.
Gene had an illustrious career as a drywall installer and sheetrock finisher in both home and commercial construction. He was known for his exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. His skill extended beyond construction work; Gene also owned the Cedarwood Inn for many years. He took great pride in providing a welcoming and comfortable retreat for travelers.
One of Gene's remarkable accomplishments was building his own home on Lake Norrell. Perched on the side of a cliff, the house was a testament to his knowledge and expertise in construction. It stood as a beautiful custom creation that reflected Gene's creativity and dedication.
Devoted to spending time outdoors, Gene had a deep love for hunting, fishing, boating, and camping. However, his absolute favorite place to be was by the lake. Whether it was basking in the tranquility of nature or casting a line into the water, he found solace in those moments surrounded by the beauty of his surroundings.
Prior to his successful career and adventurous hobbies, Gene proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marines during the Korean War. His commitment to duty showcased his bravery and selflessness.
Gene is survived by his loving wife Norma Jean Jones of Alexander, Arkansas; they shared many years of joy and cherished memories together.
In addition to immediate family members, Gene is survived by his step-children, Diane Mathis and Larry McFarlin of Evening Shade, Arkansas; niece, Alice Withers and her husband Bill of Benton, Arkansas; nephew, Darrell Jones of Trinidad, California; great niece and nephews; many step-grandchildren; and a host of family members and friends. They will forever remember Gene's caring nature, support, and love.
Gene touched the lives of countless individuals throughout his journey. His warm smile, kind heart, and generous spirit made him a true friend to many. He will be deeply missed by his extended family members and the numerous friends he gathered along his life's path.
Though Gene may have left us physically, his memory will forever remain engraved in our hearts. Let us take solace in the knowledge that he is reunited with loved ones who have gone before him including his parents; Delwin and Juanita Jones; three children, Nita Jones Litton, Stephen Jones, and Karen Jones; step-children: Rodger Mathis, Debbie Mathis, and Gary McFarlin; and brother, Wilbern Morris Jones. As we bid farewell to our dear friend, let us celebrate the remarkable life he lived and the multitude of lives he touched with his presence.
May Gene rest in eternal peace as we carry forward the lessons he taught us – to live fully, love passionately, and embrace every moment with gratitude.
A Celebration of Life in honor of Gene will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www. SmithFamilyCares.com.