Charles E. Jones of Urbana, age 89, died on Dec. 2, 2013.
He was born Sept. 14, 1924, in McLeansboro, a son of Edwin T. and Pauline (Hood) Jones.
He was educated in McLeansboro public schools; following graduation in 1942, he attended the University of Illinois CU for one-and- one-half semesters.
He enlisted in the Army in World War II and was called to active service on March 19, 1943. He served in the 5th Air Force as an engineer-gunner on a B-24 in the Pacific Theater and was on Okinawa at the war’s end in 1945.
Following his discharge, he re-enrolled in the University of Illinois CU for the spring term 1946. He graduated with a JD degree from the College of Law in January 1950.
He returned to McLeansboro and entered the practice of law. In 1954, he was elected county judge of Hamilton County and was re-elected in 1958 and 1962.
In 1964, he was elected circuit judge for the 12-county 2nd Judicial Circuit.
In 1971, he was assigned by the Illinois Supreme Court to the 37-county 5th District Appellate Court. In 1974, he was elected an appellate judge for that court, where he served until April 30, 1987. When he retired from the bench, he had been a judge in Illinois for 32 ½ years.
Following his retirement from the bench, he became a trustee in bankruptcy for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Benton for 12 years. During this period, he also did arbitration work for the National Association of Securities Dealers through its Chicago office.
In 1948, while in law school, he married Doris McKinney of Harrisburg, the daughter of Earl R. and Jeanette (Hilker) McKinney.
There were two children born of the marriage, Paul Burt Jones of Urbana and Sarah Winifred Olenick of Stoney Creek, N.C. He has one granddaughter, Caroline Roxanne Jones.
A brother, John Paul Hood Jones, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Wright, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife; his son, Paul Burt Jones and his wife, Chely, and his granddaughter, Caroline Roxanne; and his daughter, Sarah Winifred Olenick and her husband, Robert.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of McLeansboro and the Wesley Foundation of Urbana.
He was a Mason and a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Illinois Judges Association and Illinois Bar Association. He had served on several judicial continuing- education committees.
His ashes were interred in the family burial plot in the McLeansboro Cemetery following a brief graveside service. Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory handled the cremation; Harre Funeral Home was in charge of interment arrangements.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro. The Rev. Jim Peak will officiate the local service, which will be handled by Harre Funeral Home.