Charlene A. Jones
January 25, 1947 - August 8, 2020
Charlene A. Jones passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the age of 73 peacefully in her home surrounded by family and love.
She was born Charlene Andrea Hohl on January 25, 1947 in Poughkeepsie, NY to the late Charles A. and Ruth Louise (Uphoff) Hohl.
Her parents were older and did not think they could have a child until they were blessed with Charlene after her father, Charles returned from World War II, serving in the Army Infantry around Europe, and then choosing a career in the US Postal Service as a beloved mail carrier in downtown Poughkeepsie. She was an only child and had the abundant love and attention of her parents and her grandparents who lived upstairs in the two-story Sears kit house her grandfather had built in 1910. As a child, Charlene loved nature and could always be found alone or with neighbor kids outside exploring and playing, collecting insects, plants, and flowers in the backyard or local parks. Her family would go on Sunday drives and picnic and swim at nearby lakes. She had a lifelong love of animals beginning with many small pets in her childhood, such as mice and birds, despite living in the city on Washington Street.
Charlene was baptized, confirmed, and married in Trinity United Methodist Church. She graduated Poughkeepsie High School and earned her nursing degree at Duchess Community College, as well as a 1967 Ford Mustang and a dachshund named Heidi. After college she worked in hospitals in NYC before marrying Samuel W. Jones, III from Greensburg, PA, in 1968. They met through friends at Trinity United Methodist Church in Poughkeepsie early in his career at IBM. With IBM they would move their family to Gaithersburg, MD; Durham, NC; Tokyo, Japan; and finally enjoy retired life in Myrtle Beach, SC.
In her earlier years Charlene enjoyed raising her family, volunteering at school and church events, playing bridge, square dancing, dinner parties, gardening, cooking, and baking. She parlayed her love of doll collecting into a business with her close friend and had many adventures attending doll shows. She was always clipping recipes and making delicious dinners and desserts using a blend of new recipes and ones from her cherished mother’s cookbook.
Charlene’s life was defined by her commitment to her family, her compassion, & help for others. Throughout her life she was a faithful volunteer and led others in helping the needy through local thrift stores and soup kitchens, particularly Helping Hand North Strand, MB Mobile Meals, and the Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach. Everyone knew "Mrs. Charlene” at the community kitchen for her hard work in preparing, serving, and cleaning up the meals for hundreds of people every Thursday. She worked every week to brighten the lives of others that needed a meal or clothes on their back with a smile and loving encouragement. She never wavered in her belief that she could make the lives of others better by working side by side and in-person with kindness and Christian love.
A dedicated member of First United Methodist Church Myrtle Beach since 1995, Charlene was in the choir with Sam, and she was committed to and went on many mission trips in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America with the United Methodist Volunteers In Mission team. She was a member of the Open Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Lautrelle Merchant Circle for 25 years.
She was always traveling to visit friends and family who teased her about the aging food in her refrigerator due to her being home to cook a few meals and then off again. She traveled around to her children and grandchildren in the Raleigh and Atlanta area; went on yearly girls trips to Ocean City, MD; traveled to visit friends and their children in NY state; ran the Diva Run 5K every year with daughters, granddaughters, friends and family; attended graduations, weddings and baby showers of her nieces and nephews; took grandchildren on “Grandma Trips” to places like Hershey, NYC, Williamsburg, Washington DC, Boston, Gettysburg, and Asheville with Grandma Lund to have fun and learn about history. She took many cruises with friends and family, even celebrating her and Sam’s Golden Wedding Anniversary on a cruise with her children and grandchildren in 2018.
She enjoyed her family and was active in all of her childrens’ lives, always up for a project in their homes and ready to babysit. Affectionately known as “Grandma Beach” her grandchildren could count on her to be there for every birthday, holiday, game, performance, or school promotion with pride and hugs.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; her aunts and uncles William and Ruth Hohl; Edna(Hohl) and Carl Durbeck; Lois(Uphoff) and Weldon Van Ornum.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years Samuel W. Jones, III; her 3 children, Laurie (Jon) Lund of Raleigh, NC, Samuel (Sharon) W. Jones, IV of Atlanta, Alison Jones-Harris of Angier, NC; her grandchildren, Todd (Cari) Harris of Fuquay-Varina, NC, who are expecting her first great grandson, Rhett, Austin Harris, Meghan and Taylor Jones, and Emily, Nathan, and Avery Lund. She is also grandma to Kyle and Ryan Gruss through Sharon’s sister, Calla.
She was close to Sam’s sisters and their husbands, Sandra (David) Dickinson of Jacksonville, FL and Carol (Robert) Gettemy of Greensburg, PA, along with her nieces and nephews and their children, Carol (Donald with Donald, Jr. and Rebecca) Sesco and John Dickinson, Shawn (Heather with Gabrielle, Ethan, and Fiona) Gettemy and Holly (with Addie) Kitchen. She was also close to her cousins: the Durbecks, the Hohls, and the Van Ornums. Having such a tight knit family of nieces, nephews, cousins & friends meant so much to her and Sam. Charlene was always present and faithful, so they always knew her love for them. She would touch their lives deeply.
A public memorial service open to friends and family officiated by Rev. George Howle will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church Myrtle Beach on 901 N. King’s Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. For those who cannot attend the service, it will be live streamed on the church Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach, 1411 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or Helping Hand North Strand, PO Box 115, N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
The family is under the care of McMillan Small Funeral Service. For online condolences, please use the Guestbook tab above.
Created On: 08/11/2020 15:10:19
My deepest sympathy for the family. I was around Charlene years ago when Allison was roller skating. When the skating team went to competitions out of town, Charlene always attended. Charlene was always so kind and caring and friendly with everyone. I always felt so comfortable around her. When skating coach Donna's mother attended, we had such a wonderful time together, laughing and enjoying whatever town we visited!
When my husband had back surgery in Durham, NC, Charlene and Sam were so kind to let me stay with them overnight. They have hearts of gold for sure.
I can say she was a wonderful kind and caring person and always there to help out at any time. We lost touch over the years, except by Christmas cards, but I will never forget Charlene and her family. May she rest in peace in heaven.
Created On: 08/09/2020 20:34:56
Rest in peace dear Charlene, You were an angel here in earth and now you have your heavenly wings. My deepest sympathy to your family along with lots of prayers. Being your friend was one of the best things that ever happened to me and you will remain in my heart forever. All my love, Laurel
|Jimmy moody Dewey Quick
Little River SC
Created On: 08/08/2020 19:39:34
Charlene was one of the sweetest ladies that I have met here since 1990 .She carried the sweetest smile and she always made an attemp to stop and speak a word with you no matter what.Beleive me she will be missed at Ocean Creek.RIP Charlene your reward is waiting on you.you were a faithful servant.jimmy and Dewey.