Playwright, Vietnam veteran Charles Jones crosses over

| September 24, 2013
Charles Jones

Charles Jones

Click here to read Eric Hackley’s interview with the late Charles Jones, recently transcribed in his honor.

FORT WAYNE—Charles Augusta Jones, 66, of Fort Wayne, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in the Marion VA Hospital. He was born in Fort Wayne to the late Willie and Ruth (Washington) Jones.

He was a teacher and did a lot of volunteer work for theatrical and drama groups. He also wrote a number of plays. Mr. Jones, who attended Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) had a keen interest in history, visiting and supporting the African/African American History Museum and researching family history, including his mother’s role in the founding of the city’s first African American-established credit union in the city.

Mr. Jones served as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Charles enjoyed writing poetry and going for long walks and jogging. Teaching was his true passion in life.

Survivors include: his sister, Maxine (late Luke) Malloy of Southfield, Mich., June Jones of Maryland, Carlotta Jones and Francine Jones both of Fort Wayne; brothers: Sylvester Reese, Austin Reese and Dennis (Donna) Jones all of Fort Wayne and Ted Jones of Indianapolis; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and many fellow soldiers from the Marine Corps.

Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, Ind., with burial will be in Marion National Cemetery, Marion. Arrangements were by Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service.

 

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 25 print edition.

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