89-year-old McLeansboro native, Charles E. Jones of Urbana, IL died Dec. 2. A veteran of WW II, he was elected Hamilton County Circuit Judge in 1954 and was re-elected in 1958 and 1964. In 1964, he was elected as at-large judge for the 12 counties of the Second Judicial Circuit. In 1971, he was assigned by the Illinois Supreme Court to the 37-county 5th District Appellate Court. In 1974, he was elected an Appellate Judge for that court, where he served until April 30, 1987. When he retired from the bench, he had served as a judge in Illinois for 32 1/2 years. Following his retirement, he became a trustee in bankruptcy matters for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Benton, IL for 12 years. During that period, he also served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers through its Chicago office.
Survivors include his wife, Doris; a son, Paul Burt Jones and wife, Chely; and his granddaughter, Caroline Roxanne; and his daughter, Sarah Winifred Olenick and her husband Robert.
A graveside service for Charles E. Jones was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the IOOF Cemetery at McLeansboro. The Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of the local arrangements. The service has been postponed to a later date.