Mrs. Emily Croom Jones, age 74, died Sunday, March 25, 2018, at the Palliative Care Unit of Vidant Medical Center. A native of Greene County, she was born January 10, 1944, the daughter of Herman G. Croom, Sr. and Mattie Edwards Croom.
A 1962 graduate of Greene Central High School, she won a state typing contest and the School Bus Driver Rodeo both her senior year; those accomplishments aided in her securing scholarship money to complete her post-secondary education. In May of 1965, she graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Business Administration and soon began a teaching career that would span more than forty-four years. During her tenure Emily taught two years at New Hope School in Goldsboro, thirty-two years in the Greene County Schools, and nine years at Greenville Christian Academy.
Her greatest passions were serving her Lord as a pianist for many years at Ormondsville OFWB Church, teaching and nurturing children, and cherishing every moment spent as a grandmother with her only grandchild, Savannah. Simply, she was devoted to her Lord, family, and friends.
Left to cherish Emily’s memory are her husband of 54 years, Julian Jones, Jr; daughter, Caroline Jones Cunningham and husband, Jerry of Walstonburg; granddaughter, Savannah Grace Cunningham, a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill; sisters-in-law, Angela Barger of Abingdon, VA and Leigh Ann Croom of Pikeville; brothers-in-law, Joe Lotts of Abingdon, VA and Mike Shea of Jacksonville; nieces and nephews, David Croom and wife, Beth of Pikeville, Edward Croom and wife, Phyllis of Kenly, Kathryn Farrior and husband, Buck of Pikeville, Julie Amburn and husband, AJ of Houston, TX, Lisa Cole and husband, BB of Jacksonville, David Hawkins of Jacksonville, and George Barger and fiancé, Brittany Pilon of Abingdon, VA; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, Emily is preceded in death by her brother, Herman G. Croom, Jr. and sister-in-law, Jean Jones Shea.
Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Thursday, March 29, at Ormondsville OFWB Church. Committal services will follow at 11 AM Friday, March 30, at the Snow Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Thursday evening following the service and other times at the Jones residence in Maury. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Ormondsville OFWB Church, 3745 Ormondsville Road, Ayden, NC 28513 or Brooks Frizzelle Memorial UMC, PO Box 225, Maury, NC 28554. Online condolences may be made at www.taylor-tyson.com
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Julian, Caroline, Jerry & Savannah. We are truly sorry for the loss of such a wonderful wife, mom and grandmother and friend. Memories are wonderful and I know each of you have many and so do we. She was one of a kind and we were so blessed to have known her. May God bless each of you, comfort you and strengthen you each day is our prayer.
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