Kenneth L. Jones provided almost a century of tireless business, family and community leadership. He was an advocate for education, having started his career as an educator and school principal with Waynesboro Public Schools. He strongly encouraged and mentored his family members and students to pursue higher education. He also provided counsel and comfort to bereaving families as founder and operator of Jones Funeral Home for 49 years. In addition, Mr. Jones led the City of Staunton as a council member
and Vice Mayor. He supported public causes serving the greater good of the community, served on many Boards, and was an active member of his church. While honored during his life with many awards and recognition, Kenneth L. Jones’ lifetime of leadership deserves to be remembered and modeled. Gloria Wilkins and the late Leonard Robinson, his niece and nephew, remember and are thankful for their uncle’s persistent encouragement and mentoring toward higher education and specific occupational certification. Mrs. Wilkins followed her uncle’s advice and became a dentist. Mr. Robinson pursued his love of cars and trained to become a mechanic—a skill he mastered and worked for 40 years. In 2007, they decided the best way to pay tribute to their uncle’s relentless encouragement of education and civic leadership was to create a scholarship in his name to help other young people pursue their education and life dreams. Beginning in 2008, the Kenneth L. Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who demonstrated leadership and integrity in expression and behavior through community activities, school-based extra curricular activities, and/or church.