- February 26, 1923 - February 20, 2013
- Jasper, Alabama
of William's Passing
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“My Mentor and best friend. Dempsey had a profound influence on me and many others in the 1950's. I have never met a person that inspired youth more...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Frank Eaton - Northport, AL
“Deb and family,
My belated prayers are with each of you in the passing of Brother Dempsey.
What a blessing it was to have known Brother Dempsey...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: John Lunsford Sr. - Tuscumbia,, AL
“In memory of one of the neatest men I have ever known, and in honor of one of the nicest families. I will never forget the dedication he gave to...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Rob Gurganus - Jasper, AL
“Our prayer and condolences are with you all.
David & Jo Anne Ward Gunn
Hattie Lu Ward
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jo Anne Gunn - Atlanta, GA
“Debbie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mr. Jones at the polls several times. I enjoyed sharing Auburn stories with him. I pray...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: MaryNell Saunders
“Mr. Jones was a special friend and outstanding leader for youngsters in 4-H Clubs. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.
6 of 14 | Posted by: Shirley Few Spain - Jasper, AL
“What a privilege it was to have grown up on Glenview Drive, across the street from the best neighbors, the Jones. I still feel like family to all of...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Tim and Susan Nunnally - AL
“My deepest sympathies Mrs. Jones. It was a real pleasure being your neighbor. I'll always remember Mr. Jones coming and talking to my history classes...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Sammy McGee - Athens, AL
“So sorry to hear of Uncle Demp passing. The things Ben remembers about Uncle Demp is that he was an Auburn fan and his collection of Volkswagon...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Ben & Marilynn Wheeler - Thayer, MO
“My first memories of visits to my grandparents' home in Jasper, and Church activities there, include memories of Dempsey Jones. He and his family...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Paul Young - Pulaski, TN
“Thanks for all of the 4-H Club memories! I will surely miss you!
11 of 14 | Posted by: George E Miller - Jasper, AL
“Uncle Dempsey was one of the most positive and energetic people I have ever known. He was an amazing example of kindness and integrity. I believe...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Mark A Wheeler - Soddy Daisy, TN
“HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL
13 of 14 | Posted by: DORA AND GENE LITTLE - LYNN HAVEN, FL
“The staff of Kilgore-Green Funeral Home wish to express our sympathy during this difficult time.
14 of 14 | Posted by: Kilgore-Green funeral Home
William Dempsey Jones, "Pop," 89, peacefully exited this life and entered the next on February 20, 2013, surrounded by the family he loved so much. Born February 26, 1923, in Lamar County, he made his home in Jasper in 1954.
A radioman and sailor aboard the USS Bayfield during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, Dempsey graduated with his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural science from Auburn University. He went on to serve as an extension agent for Auburn in the Walker County area, then as a 4-H coordinator in Walker County from 1954 until 1982, training more than 25,000 young people during his career. In 2007, he was nominated for the National 4-H Hall of Fame after producing more than 100 district, state and national 4-H award winners. For
many years, Dempsey continued to offer agricultural wisdom to locals in "Over the Fence," his weekly column to the Daily Mountain Eagle. His kindness and service are well-remembered by past and present Walker County 4-H members.
Dempsey was an active member of the Sixth Avenue church of Christ, where he served as an elder for over 45 years.
Known affectionately as "Pop" to all who met and loved him, Dempsey will long be remembered for his extensive Volkswagen collection, his sense of humor, his enthusiasm for service, his love for young people, his passion for Auburn University, and his adoration for the Savior.
Dempsey was preceded in death by his siblings Roy Jones of Caledonia, Mississippi; Cecil Jones of Columbus, Mississippi; Raymond Dowell Jones of Decatur; and Helon Jones and Gene Jones of Lamar County. He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 66 years, Ruth Wheeler Jones; his three children, Rachel Thomason (Tom) of Birmingham; Debbie Morris (Richard) of Jasper; William Dempsey Jones, Jr., "Bill" (Twyla) of Birmingham; his sisters, Josie Jones Wheeler of Tuscaloosa, and Willie Mae Taggart of Vernon; his grandchildren, Lindsay Walker (Scott), Dr. Brad Morris (Jennifer), Kristin Pratt (Neil), Beth Soechting (Dustin), Jordan Jones (Annie), and Juliana May (Jordan); five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
All who knew Dempsey were blessed by his life and will miss him terribly.
Thanks go to Celeste, Brandy, and the entire local Veteran's Administration staff for their care of Dempsey during his later days.