William Allen Jones, 85, Bethlehem Steel worker

April 03, 2005

William Allen Jones, a retired Bethlehem Steel employee, died of a stroke Tuesday at Union Memorial Hospital. The East Baltimore resident was 85.

Born in Keysville in Charlotte County, Va., he moved to Baltimore at 16 and lived on Mura Street, across from Clarence H. Du Burns, a former Baltimore mayor.

He retired in 1990 from Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant after 52 years. During World War II, he served in the Army.

Mr. Jones did not drive a car and took streetcars and later buses. He also took long walks through East Baltimore and was frequently greeted with "Hey, Pop."

"He read the obituaries on a daily basis, and he attended funerals of those he knew and always visited the sick and shut-ins," said his daughter, Marvina Jones-Dail of Baltimore.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at New Antioch Church, 2401 St. Paul St., where he was a member.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Gladys Wilson Farrell; three sons, Linwood Jones of East Orange, N.J., Ervin Jones of Baltimore and Clenton Jones of Suffolk, Va.; a brother, Theodore Jones of Baltimore; a sister, Ruth Tanner of Randallstown; a friend, Mark Mosley, whom Mr. Jones regarded as a son; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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