Jones then decided to go back to school. He got a B.S. degree in health administration from Albany State College in Georgia. He later earned master's and doctorate degrees in education from Temple University.
For about 10 years, Jones worked as a health and physical education teacher in Georgia and Philadelphia.
In 1970, Jones became an educational adviser for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, said his brother. In this capacity, he helped to supervise more than 500 school districts statewide.
A few years later, he became an administrator in the Philadelphia public school system, where he headed the department of physical and health education. He worked for Philadelphia schools until his retirement about three years ago, said his brother.
Jones also served on the Pennsylvania Governor's Committee on School Desegregation and the Committee on Black Basic Education.
A Mason, Jones was a member of the Prince Hall Lodge. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 627, where he served as post quartermaster and post commander.
An avid ham radio operator, Jones belonged to the Amateur Radio Relay League and the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club.
Jones also enjoyed travel, especially to Latin America.
He is also survived by his wife of five years, Carol T. Jones; three daughters, Carla Ballard Carter, Lauren Jones Brantly, and Kimberly Amanda Jones; three sons, Kevin, Carleton Jr., and Erik Hayes; two sisters, Barbara Jones and Evelyn Jones Rich; a stepdaughter, Jako Tjoutuku; and a host of other relatives.
Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Galilee Baptist Church, Roxborough Avenue and Mitchell Street. Friends may call after 10 a.m.
Burial will be at Chelten Hills Cemetery, Washington Lane and Lowber Street.
THOMAS W. APPLIN
Thomas W. Applin, a boss at the old Sugar House refinery, died last Thursday. He was 80 and was a lifelong resident of Port Richmond.
Applin worked in the front office of the refinery on Delaware Avenue for decades, until his retirement in 1980, said his sister, Rose Brennan.
He mostly did personnel work, she said. He was generous with his clout.
"If anybody needed a job, he'd be the person to come to. He would help," said Bud McBride, a funeral parlor director who knew Applin for decades.
Applin spent his whole life in Port Richmond. He graduated from his parish parochial school, St. Anne's, and from Northeast Catholic High.
A natural athlete, Applin was in basketball, softball and baseball leagues in his 20s and 30s, and even played semi-pro baseball with the Hot Stovers Association.
A third-baseman, he was nicknamed "Luke" after Luke Appling, the great third-baseman with the Chicago White Sox, said McBride.
Applin was a talented basketball player, too. In 1940, he was on the team that won the Philadelphia Catholic League championship.
Even after he became too old to play competitively, he still enjoyed the game. As a member of the Notre Dame Fan Club, he traveled all over the country to watch the university's football games.
Applin was devoted to his parish church. He was the manager of the St. Anne's Catholic Club. He organized bus trips to Atlantic City as church fundraisers. And he was helping the church organize events to celebrate its 150th anniversary this year.
In addition to playing and watching sports, Applin enjoyed travel. He visited Ireland each year. It was his favorite trip of all, and he never tired of it.
He is also survived by a sister, Geraldine Salamon, and a brother, Walter ''Brud" Applin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Anne's Church, Lehigh Avenue and Memphis Street. Friends may call tonight,
from 5 to 9 p.m.
Burial will be at New Cathedral Cemetery, Front Street and Erie Avenue.
REV. JOHN J. WALSH
The Rev. John J. Walsh, a retired Catholic priest, died Tuesday. He was 79 and was a resident of Villa St. Joseph in Darby, Delaware County.
A native Philadelphian, Walsh graduated from Holy Child Parochial School, Northeast Catholic High and St. Joseph's College. He later attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Walsh was ordained in 1944. He served as parochial vicar at two Delaware County churches, St. Francis de Sales, in Lenni, and St. Dorothy's, in Drexel Hill, before serving in St. Edmond's and St. Stephen's, in Philadelphia, according to a statement prepared by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
He was later appointed pastor of St. Barbara Church in Philadelphia and St. Mary Magdalen's in Media.
Walsh was also a teacher at Roman Catholic High from 1946 to 1959. He retired in 1987 due to illness, and moved to Villa St. Joseph, a home for retired and infirm priests.
He is survived by nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Francis Country House, 14th Street and Lansdowne Avenue, Darby, Delaware County.
Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Avenue and Ivy Hill Road, Philadelphia.
LEROY J. 'BUD' RICHARDSON
LeRoy J. "Bud" Richardson, a funeral director for 40 years, died Tuesday. He was 67 and was a longtime resident of the Burholme section of the Northeast.
Richardson became a licensed undertaker in 1952, after graduating from the Dolan School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, said his son, David G.
After an internship with a local funeral home, Richardson and his wife, Ann, founded the Richardson Funeral Home on Rising Sun Avenue in Olney.
A few years later, in 1962, the funeral parlor moved to its present location on Oxford Avenue.
Richardson retired from the business in 1991, after suffering congestive heart failure. His son David took over the business.
While a funeral director, Richardson helped make ends meet by working as a flight operatior for United Airlines. His job at Philadelphia Airport lasted 29 years, until his retirement in the early 1980s, said his son.
Richardson was active in many church and civic organizations. Over the years, he was a member of Bethel Lutheran, Zion Lutheran and Immanuel Lutheran churches.
During the 1970s, he was a volunteer ambulance driver for the Burholme First Aid Corps.
He was also a member of the Valley of Allentown Scottish Rite Masons, Peter A.B. Widener Lodge 671, Cpl. John Loudenslager Lodge 336, Northeast Shrine Club, and the Northeast Lions Club, among other organizations.
Richardson was born and raised in Forty Fort, Pa. He enlisted in the Navy Submarine Corps during World War II.
His wife died five weeks ago. He is also survived by a daughter, Carol A. Mihalik; a son, William J.; four grandchildren, Christina, Karen, Matthew and Elizabeth, and two sisters, Betty and Marguerite.
Services will be at noon tomorrow at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cottman Avenue and Palmetto Street. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m.
Burial will be private.
GEORGIA ELSIE GREGORY
Georgia Elsie Gregory, a clerk at the old Frankford Arsenal for 40 years, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 75 and lived most of her life in Nicetown.
Gregory was born in Mecklenburg County, Va. Her family moved to Philadelphia when she was a child. She was a graduate of William Penn High. Gregory attended college at Virginia Union, said her daughter, Joyce Erlinda Drayton.
Soon after returning to Philadelphia, Gregory got a job at the Frankford Arsenal. She retired in 1979.
Gregory was an active member of Nazarene Baptist Church since the 1940s, said her daughter.
Self-taught on the piano, Gregory was the director of the church Sunday School Choir for 40 years. Over the years, she trained more than 200 youngsters, ages 3 to 11, said her daughter.
Gregory also served as the pianist of the church's Vacation Bible School. She was also active with the Nurse's Unit, the Monday Morning Bible Class, the Senior Saints, and the Building Council.
A devoted mother, Gregory encouraged her daughter to pursue her own career as an organist and pianist.
Her late husband was Lee Gregory. She is also survived by a grandson, Cecil L. Gambrell Jr., and a sister, Juanita Campbell.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Nazarene Baptist Church, 1464 W. Lycoming St. Friends may call at 5.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at Ivy Hill Cemetery, Wadsworth Avenue and Woolston Road, East Mount Airy.
A musical tribute will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Upper Room Baptist Church, 7236 Ogontz Ave.
HARRY JOSEPH WATSON
Harry Joseph Watson, a maintenance worker for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 91 and was a longtime resident of Southwest Philadelphia.
Watson worked for the Philadelphia Gas Works on Grays Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. He retired in 1969, said his niece, Lillian A. Stevenson.
Before his job at PGW, Watson worked for several years at the Camden Shipyard in New Jersey.
Watson was born in Providence, R.I. He lived in Southwest Philadelphia for more than 50 years.
His wife, the former Anna L. Roch, died in December. The couple had no children.
He is also survived by a sister, Irene Murray.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Good Shepherd Church, 67th Street and Chester Avenue. Friends may call after 12 noon.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Baily Road and Wycombe Avenue, Yeadon, Delaware County.
ELEANOR M. BLAKE
Eleanor M. Blake, a teacher for many years, died March 29. She was 92 and lived in Yeadon, Delaware County.
A Philadelphia native, Blake was born Eleanor May Montague. She was raised in Darby, Delaware County.
Blake attended West Chester University and taught in Maryland for 13 years. She then returned to Philadelphia and taught at Durham Elementary and the Albert M. Greenfield schools.
While teaching in Philadelphia, Blake studied elementary education and psychology at Temple University, where she earned her master's degree. She later took courses in special education at Temple.
After retiring from Philadelphia public schools, she did volunteer work at several schools, including the William B. Evans School in Yeadon.
Her late husband was William H. Blake. She is survived by a sister, Elsie V. Harris, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 7:30 tonight at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, Bartram and Maple avenues, Landsdowne, Delaware County. Friends may call after 6 p.m.
Burial will be tomorrow in Eden Cemetery, Springfield Road in Collingdale, Delaware County.