Robert L. Jones, 81, of Murphysboro, passed away at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.
Robert was born on September 13, 1937, in Eldorado, Illinois, to LaVern and Jessie (Goss) Jones.
He had served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Jones taught history at the Murphysboro High School. He later taught at Rend Lake College and retired from SIU-C, Building Services.
He enjoyed photography, cooking, exercising and reading. He loved the game Jeopardy and he wrote poetry.
He was a solid Democrat.
Robert married Pansy (Hall) on May 18, 1960, in Dowell, and she preceded him in death on December 27, 2017.
He is survived by two daughters Shelly (Donnie) Moutria of Murphysboro and Laura Jones of Marion;
six grandchildren Alesia (Logan) Beanland, a granddaughter, whom he had raised as a daughter, Donald, Robert, Dylan, Jaide, and Jessyca;
seven great grandchildren Jaxon, Lillie, Vivien, Kelton, Khloe, Zoey, and Ava;
and one brother Jack Jones of Newburgh, IN.
He was preceded in death by two brothers Charles and Larry Jones, one sister Shirley Webb, and his parents.
His body will be cremated.
There will be visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Pettett Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Murphysboro Food Pantry. For more information, please visit www.pettettfuneralhome.com.