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JAMES SUMNER JONES

James Sumner Jones, 80, died at his home in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. He had Parkinson’s Disease, which he battled with grace and courage for the past 30 years.

He was born February 1, 1940 in Wheeling, WV, the son of Wilbur Stone Jones and Mary Calvert Walke (Truxton) Jones. He attended Linsly Military Institute and graduated from The Hill School, a preparatory boarding school in Pottstown, PA. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1961, followed by a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1964. His first work experience was summer employment at Oglebay Park. After graduating law school and Army Basic Training, he came to Washington and joined the law firm of Purcell & Nelson where he participated in the first variable annuity filing with the SEC. He later opened his own law firm, Jones and Blouch. While working as a lawyer, he also served in the U.S. Army Reserve and later in the U.S. Navy Reserves, retiring with the rank of First Lieutenant, Senior Grade. he served on the board of directors of Stone & Thomas department stores.

In 1967, he married Penelope Ann Townsend and they made their home in Bethesda, MD, where they raised two sons, Peter and Michael. In addition to his two sons and wife of 52 years, he is survived by siblings, Calvert Jones Armbrecht of Charleston, WV, Marguerite Jones Palmer of Cincinnati, OH, and Wilbur Stone Jones Jr. of Wheeling, WV; 12 nieces and nephews and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oglebay Foundation, 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, WV, 26003.