Michael "Mike" Jones

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

Michael "Mike Jones, age 72, passed away April 22, 2013. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and a resident of Sevierville.

Michael was an Air Force veteran and served in Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with six Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired as Assistant Finance Director of San Bernardino, Calif. He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years working in his garden. He was a Master Gardener in two states and greatly enjoyed sharing his knowledge of plants and crops.

Survivors: his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara Jones; daughter, Michele Diebold and husband Ken; sons Brian Jones and wife Theresa, Brent Jones and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Jonathan and Heather Diebold, Jennifer, Ashley and Morgan Jones; brothers, Patrick Jones and wife Janice, Jim Jones and wife Pat; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the nurses and Dr. Cole in the ICU at LeConte Medical Center for their loving care.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rawlings Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 9 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, with Pastor Portier officiating. Graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway with military honors from Post 104.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville, TN 37862 for a garden in his memory.