Clarence Lee Jones Sr., electrical technician, dies

Veteran had served in the Pacific during World War II

  • Clarence Lee Jones
Clarence Lee Jones
November 28, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Clarence Lee "Bay Bay" Jones Sr., a retired electrical technician and World War II veteran, died Nov. 20 in his sleep at Clark Manor, a Randallstown assisted-living facility. He was 86.

The son of farmers, Mr. Jones was born and raised in Scotland Neck, N.C. He attended public school until the sixth grade when he left to work on the family farm.

"He was most proud of the many accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, that each received some form of higher education and served in a variety of professions," said a granddaughter, Heather McTeer, an attorney who is mayor of Greenville, Miss.

Mr. Jones enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served with the 4514th Quartermaster Corps in the Pacific Theater of operations.

After being discharged at war's end, Mr. Jones moved to Baltimore. He went to work in 1950 at the Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant in Linthicum, where he was an electrical technician until retiring in 1986.

Mr. Jones, who lived for years on Gwynn Oak Avenue until his home burned earlier this year, was described by family members as a "tinkerer," who enjoyed handcrafting toys for children.

Mr. Jones, who was known as "Bay Bay," was a longtime active member and deacon of Whitestone Baptist Church, 3001 Baker St., where services will be held at noon Monday.

Also surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Mary Alice Boddie; a son, Clarence Lee Jones Jr. of Baltimore; six daughters, Mary Ethel Smothers of Columbia, Mercidees McTeer of Key West, Fla., the Rev. Bernette Jones, Patricia Mosely and Audrey Davis, all of Baltimore, and Rita Knight of Owings Mills; 14 other grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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