August 11, 1931 ~ June 3, 2022

Born in: Newport, NC
Resided in: Mills River, NC

Cleo Garner Jones, age 90, passed away Friday, June 3, 2022, at her home.

Born August 11, 1931, in Newport, NC, she was a daughter of the late Jesse Roland Garner and Tecie Jane McCain Garner.

She was a 1949 graduate of Newport Consolidated High School and attended Women’s College (later UNC-Greensboro). Following her marriage to Frederick Jones, she returned to school to receive her associate’s degree from Hardbarger’s Business School in Raleigh.

She and Mr. Jones moved to Asheville in 1955, and the following year she began her banking career, first at the Bank of Asheville and later at Appalachian Savings & Loan. More recently she worked at Skyland United Methodist Church and at Crowfields Condominiums. She was a member of Skyland United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School teacher, church treasurer, and was a member of the United Methodist Women, Evening Circle. She volunteered for the Council on Aging of Henderson County, Meals on Wheels program and was instrumental in the incorporation of the Town of Mills River, becoming a library volunteer.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Frederick B. Jones, who died December 30, 2020.

She is survived by her daughters, Wanda Williams (Roy), Cheryl Janoski (Ken), and Sandy Waldrop (Larry); grandchildren, Scott Williams (Katie), Kimberly Newlin (Kurt), Kelly Terry (Joe) and Hunter Jackson (John); great-grandchildren, Aiden Williams, Court Williams, Kayson Newlin, Kenzie Newlin, Booker Terry and Emery Jackson; and nieces and nephews, Marsha Lynn Fornes, Gilbert Giles Garner, Morgan Lane Garner, and Keith Garner.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Ruby Estelle Garner Garner, Carl Walton Garner, Valverta “Tater” Garner and Jesse Theodore Garner, and a niece, Gloria Jean Murdoch.

Graveside services will be 11:00 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Churchyard, Fletcher, with the Rev. Ellis Rouse officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Skyland United Methodist Church or the Council on Aging of Henderson County, Meals on Wheels program, or Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation.

The family gratefully acknowledges her caregivers of the last 17 months, Esther Doe, Kathy Whitmore and Fatu Ansah, for their excellent care and companionship. And once again, we thank Charlie Gibson for keeping her gardens blooming.


Graveside Service: June 9, 2022 11:00 am

Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. We are so sorry. Please know we are thinking of you and pray you find peace in your loving memories of your mother. Bill & Carol

  2. Sandy, please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your mother. She was born the same year as our dear Mama Kit–God love her and all of your family…Sallye Riley Fox

  3. My heartfelt condolences to your family. Granny was a very special lady, and I feel blessed to have met her.

  4. Our dear friend Sandy, heartfelt love and hugs to you. May God’s peace and comfort be upon your family.

    Tim and Bridgett Masters

  5. Sandy, Cheryl and Wanda, Fred and your Mom were special. Our mother, Polly, and we shared many wonderful dinners and visits to the farm. Their passing leaves a hole in the bond our parents had for close to 70 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

    Ann and Andy Garner

  6. My sincere condolences to the family. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time. She was always so sweet to me and my family!

  7. So sorry for your loss. Miss Cleo was such an amazing lady. We enjoyed having both Fred and Cleo in our lives. Deepest condolences.


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