Henry J. Jones, 80, went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 2, 2019. He passed away very peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. Henry was born April 13, 1938, in Norfolk to Henry and Marie Jones.
He grew up in Norfolk, where he met his loving wife of 57 years, Peggy Joyce Jones. They married in April 1961 and later moved to Virginia Beach, where they raised a happy family, including two daughters and grandchildren. As a longtime resident of Virginia Beach, he worked in banking as vice president of several local banks and served on various bank and industry boards. He later began his own successful small business in the field of finance and was the founder of Tidewater Home Improvement Business Association.
Henry was an avid golfer, loved to sing, dance and entertain. He was loved for his magnanimous personality, quick wit and a notorious sense of humor. Henry was also a longtime member of the Alhambra Padul Caravan 69 and the Knights of Columbus of Norfolk, where he performed in many Broadway-style shows.
The family would like to offer gratitude to all of Henry’s caretakers for their many hours of help. A particular and special heartfelt thank you to Sherie Parish and Christina Parish, who will forever be in our hearts. Most of all, the family would like to offer the highest love and thanks to Henry’s wife Peggy, who as a loving wife and nurse, selflessly and tirelessly tended to him for the 10 years after his stroke.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Joyce Jones; daughters, Rebecca Joyce Bishard and Rachel Haste Wheeler, and their husbands, Steven Wesley Bishard and Timothy Wheeler; grandchildren, Acacia Jones, Leigh Ellen Bishard, Benjamin Bishard and Caroline Bishard; brother, Rufus Jones, and his wife, Carol Jones; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald Jones, with his wife, Shirley Jones, and Robert Laine, with his wife, Dean Laine; and sister, Marcia Pierozzi, with her husband, Nello Pierozzi.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 8, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at Altmeyer Funeral Home.
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