Perry W. Jones, 83, electrical engineer

Perry W. Jones
Perry W. Jones
Posted: June 16, 2012

Perry W. Jones, 83, a retired electrical engineer for General Electric Co and a former Lansdale resident, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, June 5, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah, Ga.

Mr. Jones retired in 1994 as manager of the GE Space Division's Satellite Battery Section in Valley Forge. He had lived in Bluffton, S.C., since moving from Lansdale in 2002.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Jones attended Lincoln University and then served in the Navy from 1952 to 1954, using funding from the G.I. Bill to earn a bachelor's degree in physics at what is now La Salle University in 1958.

Mr. Jones worked as an electrical engineer from 1959 to 1962 for the Philadelphia regional office of the Honeywell Corp., said his granddaughter Veronica Jones. From 1962 to 1985, he was a senior electrical engineer for GE's work on the Defense Satellite Communications System.

While working full-time, in 1969 Mr. Jones earned a master's in electrical engineering at what is now Drexel University. In retirement, he worked as a consultant to GE until moving to South Carolina.

Mr. Jones was a lifelong member of the Olde Philadelphia Club, an African American social organization.

His granddaughter noted that Mr. Jones was a grandson of Henry B. Jones, a Philadelphia caterer mentioned in the 1899 work by W.E.B. Du Bois, The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study.

Mr. Jones is survived by wife Barbara; sons Terry, Warren, and Henry; daughter Gail Jones-Timmins; a sister; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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