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“What a friend of the community of Chilhowie and Smyth County as well. So good to remember this great and gentle giant, I'm sure the family misses him...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Bobby Dunn - Chilhowie, VA

“It was with sorrow that Kathy and I learned of Hugh McKee's passing. Much was written about his community service. Hugh loved Chilhowie and Smyth...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Leon Moore - Floyd, VA

“Mr Jones volunteered at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry during the time I was their director. He was such a sweet, loveable man, never angry or...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Nena Martinez - GLADE SPRING, VA

“Sara and Dan and family,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Jones. Please know that you will be in my thought and prayers in the days and...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Glenna Crabtree-Bullins - Marion, VA

“Please accept my heart felt sympathy and sorry in the loss of a great man, Hugh Jones! I counted it an honor to have known him and appreciated so...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Bobby Dunn - Chilhowie, VA

“Mr. Jones was such a kind gentleman. There are so few of those left now. May you all be surrounded by God's love and may he give you peace in the...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Vicky and Weaver Cole - Chilhowie, VA

“Mr Jones was was such a sweet guy who was always there when someone needed help. May God grant you all peace in these difficult times. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Jennifer McKee Jolliffe - VA

“So sorry to hear of your loss. The Gray family have you in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace through this time of sorrow. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: James Gray - Nashville, TN

“My condolences to the family. Hugh was my training agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension in the spring of 1977. There was probably not a more...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Samuel Johnson - Warsaw, VA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this your time of sorrow. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Rhett/Charlotte Sutherland - VA

“Sara, I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Kaye Blevins - Chilhowie, VA


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Hugh McKee Jones died Friday, January 20th at Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie, VA at age 91. He was the oldest of three children born to the late John Calliham and Anna Bonham Jones. He was born November 8, 1925. He was married June 30, 1947 to the late Margaret Tilson Jones with whom he shared the births of two children and over sixty years of marriage before her death in March 2003.

Mr. Jones graduated from Chilhowie High School in 1942 and from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Animal Husbandry in 1950. He began his schooling at VPI in 1942 but left to enlist in the United States Navy during World War II. He served in the Navy from 1945 to 1946. After being honorably discharged, he returned to VPI and completed his studies there.

By vocation, Mr. Jones was a farmer - a descendant of farmers - with a passion for the land and working the land to grow crops and livestock. But in addition to living out his calling to be a farmer, he did many other things. He worked for a time after his graduation from VPI for Bonham Brothers Inc. In 1952 he joined the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, working as an Assistant County Agent in Smyth County to advise and assist other farmers in their work as well as to guide the development of youth as an advisor for the 4-H program. Later he was promoted to work for the Cooperative Extension Service within the southwestern district of Virginia as a Farm Management Specialist, offering help to farmers for the better management of their farms. In 1980 he retired from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service after 28 years of service. But he then took the knowledge and skills he had acquired as Farm Management Specialist to begin a new business, Farm Tax Associates, offering help to farmers in managing the multitude of tax records and reports associated with their farming operations.

But the concerns of Mr. Jones extended beyond the farm to the welfare of the entire local community. He was active in the work of the Chamber of Commerce and from November 1984 to April 1992 served as Executive Director of the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce, helping to assist businesses and attract new businesses to the Smyth County area. In 1992 he was recognized by a resolution of the Virginia House of Delegates, commending him for his work in helping to establish the Smyth County Educational Center of Wytheville Community College in Atkins, the Mountain Empire Industrial Park in Atkins, the Deer Park Industrial Park in Chilhowie, and his work of promoting economic development and cooperation between the business and educational communities in Smyth County and throughout southwestern Virginia. After retiring as Executive Director of the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce, he then served briefly as Executive Director of the Smyth County United Way.

Mr. Jones was a long time member of the Lions Club of Chilhowie, being recognized in November 2016 for 45 years of membership. He donated the land on which the Lions Club of Chilhowie built its present meeting facility. And in November 2015, at his 90th birthday celebration held at the Lions Club building, Mr. Jones was honored by the announcement that the building would be named "Hugh McKee Jones Den, Home of the Chilhowie Lions' Club".

Mr. Jones, in his retirement years, actively worked as a volunteer with Loaves and Fishes - a community service group regularly offering food to those in need in the Chilhowie area and helped with the design and funding for the waiting area of the building in which food is gathered and distributed.

Mr. Jones was a life-long member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chilhowie. He served for many years as an adult advisor for the youth of the congregation's Luther League. He also was for many years a regular adult Sunday school teacher. He served multiple terms as a member of the congregation's church council. He was actively involved in the administration of the congregation's cemetery. And he served many years as church treasurer for the congregation.

Mr. Jones was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his step-mother, Elsie Barker Jones, and his sister, Cordelia Jones Richards. He is survived by his son, Robert Hugh Jones and his wife, Regan, of Front Royal, VA; his daughter, Sara Jones Kegley and her husband, Dan, of Chilhowie; and his sister, Elizabeth Jones Walker, of Port Republic, VA.

A family visitation night will be held from 5-8 pm Tuesday, January 24th at Williams Funeral Home, 242 Church Avenue in Chilhowie. His funeral service will be held 2 pm Wednesday, January 25th at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 538 St. James Road, Chilhowie. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial gifts be made in his name to St. James Lutheran Church, PO Box 796, Chilhowie, VA 24319 or Loaves and Fishes, PO Box 376, Chilhowie, VA 24319.

Condolences can be made to the family online at www.williamsfuneralhomeofchilhowie.com. Williams Funeral Home of Chilhowie is serving the Jones Family.