Ernest V. Jones, age 86 of Morrice, passed away on Saturday February 15, 2020 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He was born in Detroit, MI on July 15, 1933, the son of Edward & Lydia (La Montogue) Jones. He quit school to help support his family and then joined the U.S. Army. On March 14, 1953 he married Arlene I. Richmond in Detroit. Together they raised 4 children while Ernie worked as a Auto Body Tech and farmed. He was the owner of Morrice Collision along with his partner Richard Harris from 1970-76. Ernie was known for his outstanding body work and was much sought after. He later worked for Curtis Ford in Lansing in their body shop. He was a member of the Perry VFW, 4-H Beef Program, farmed, went to car shows and vintage car cruises where he liked taking his 57 Chevy that he had restored and had won numerous awards for.
He is survived by his children; Gail (Larry) Schroth of Crossville, TN, George (Kacey) Jones of Morrice, Douglas (Claudyne) Jones of Kimball, Nebraska, and Lynn (Doug) Collett of Dunedin, FL, 6 grand, 8 great grand and 2 great great grandchildren and his sister Mary/Mom Harvey of Swartz Creek. He was predeceased by his wife, Arlene in 2019 and six siblings.
Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Thursday February 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Pastor John Walworth will officiate. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6--8 PM. Memorials are suggested to the Perry VFW Children's Charity. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com