December 31, 1957 ~ January 29, 2022

Born in: Joliet, IL
Resided in: Arden, NC

James “Jim” Verle Jones, Sr., 64, passed away at home on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

A native of Joliet, IL, Jim was the son of the late Verle Albert and Margaret (Tittsworth) Jones.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Susan (Spaulding) Jones; children, James “Jim” Jones, II, and wife Shelley, and Travis Jones and wife Jennifer; grandchildren, Carrington and James Jones, III; brother-in-law, Ric Spaulding and wife Cindy; sister-in-law, Salli Jenks and husband Paul; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other loved ones and dear friends.

Jim retired as a Sergeant with the Asheville Police Department in 2007. During his long career, which began in 1986, he served in a multitude of roles to include Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Emergency Response Team, as well as the Hostage Negotiations Team. Additionally, he was a dedicated instructor within the BLET program where his experience and commitment helped develop generations of officers in Western North Carolina.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Louise Lochridge.

A Celebration of Life for Jim will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, at Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Bud Dotson & Mike Hahn will officiate, with the assistance of Bill Wysong and the members of the Trinity Baptist Church Pastoral Staff. The service will be livestreamed on the church website.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, 74 Parker Cove Road, Weaverville, NC 28787.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Celebration of Life: February 9, 2022 3:00 pm

Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville
216 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. What an “Honor” it is to have known Jim Jones. Not only was he a friend, he was a fellow Officer in Blue I respected highly. He was always kind and professional. HEAVEN’S GAIN IS Our Loss.

  2. Jimmy Jones was a consummate Law Enforcement professional. He was my mentor when I was first promoted and we remained friends. He always called me “partner” when we spoke because we had worked together and shared many experiences. I know he is with the people that he loved now.

  3. Worked for many years with him when I was a Magistrate, a very professional officer and a fine man. Prayers for his family.

  4. I had the pleasure of working with Jimmy for a number of years. Truly one of the nicest guys I knew. While we didn’t stay in touch after our retirements as much as we should have I will miss him greatly. A great loss for his family, friends and the community.

  5. Jimmy was a mentor to so many police officers that worked for the Asheville Police Department and he took a lot of pride in that. I respected his opinion and would seek him out when I struggled when dealing with a unique situation. I considered Jimmy my friend and he will be greatly missed. He was one of the good ones. God bless Susan and the Jones family.

  6. Dennis and I are heartbroken at the loss of Jimmy. Dennis will miss his calls to pass the time and talk of days gone by. Jimmy and Dennis would laugh at old stories and relive the past like two old war horses. God Bless you Jimmy! May you forever rest at peace in the arms of Jesus!

  7. Jimmy was my schoolmate in elementary school. He was a sweetheart and was always trying to brighten everyone’s day with his sense of humor and kindness! RIP, Jimmy! I’m looking forward to a great reunion someday!! May God bless Susan and the family.

  8. Susan, please accept my sincerest condolences. I was so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I will always remember him as a kind and gentle soul. My hope is that you find comfort in many happy memories. God Bless you and your family.

  9. Jim was a class ahead of me. I remember he was a tall, curly headed boy. Very active and very outgoing and loved people.
    We connected again years later on different occasions. Then friends on fb.
    Always happy and positive comments.
    You will be missed.
    Rest my friend ❤️
    Next event is Jesus waking you up.
    Hugs and prayers for Susan and family!

  10. Some of my fondest adolescent memories are of fun times spent with Jim, his sister and my best friend Cathy, and their mom Peg. I was invited one year to go on their family trip to Joliet, IL. That is when I learned how to be a cutthroat Rook player. Jim spent many hours at our house growing up as he was a great friend of my brother David. For the past several years Jim has endured pain and suffering. I am glad he will no longer suffer. I know he will be greatly missed by his wife Susan and his sons and their families. I know Jim’s Dad would have been proud of his accomplishments and the man he was. And I know his mom, sister, wife and children are very proud of him. Jim, you did good. Rest in peace now.

  11. Very sorry to hear of the loss of Sgt. Jones–he was smart as hell and always a straight shooter. Will never forget when Lt. Rutledge took us all out to the Jones’ house to serenade them! Condolences to his wife and sons. It is always bad when the world loses a good man too soon.

  12. I will miss JV, I know he is finally out of pain. He was one of the Best, right from the start. He always had such kindness inside. God bless you Jimmy, Rest In Peace!

  13. Iam writing this in regards to Sergeant Jimmy Jones. It was indeed my privilege and honor to know Sergeant Jones in the Asheville Police Department. As a Volunteer Chaplain, Victim Services Coordinator it was my privilege and honor to work with him over the years!!! I want to give my complete sympathy to the family!!! He was a great officer and served his community well!! I will always remember his kindness and his professionalism!! The Lord Bless you and Keep you in these very difficult days!!!

  14. I Worked Jummy at Asheville Police Department for several years, he was a kind person and if he told you he was your friend you knew it was for a life time. Prayers for his family and jimmy will be missed God Speed

  15. Jimmy was such a good man. He always did his very best to do the right thing. I treasure our time we worked together. I always enjoyed teaching with him as he was the most organized and competent Instructor I ever met. We were Officers together and he was a great one It was an honor for me to know him.

  16. Many fond years and memories at APD.
    Sgt. Jones always had a kind smile, words of encouragement, or a funny story to tell. Always so proud of his job and many accomplishments.
    You will be missed by so many.
    Prayers of comfort and strength for the family.
    Rest in peace Sarge.

  17. I had the pleasure of working around Jim for a short time at the Asheville Police Department. He was a good man and a good officer. My condolences to the Jones family on your loss. Wishing peace and comfort for you during this difficult time.

  18. Susan and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. He was a good man, a fine officer and much too young to leave this earth. I know he’s out of pain and in a better place, but he made the world better with his presence.
    I will keep all of you in my prayers.

  19. As the second of three ERT brothers to pass, 2 in the same week, this has really struck me how much the world is a sadder place today without Jim in it with us. He faced many challenges with grace and wit. Not without ups and downs of life, the hands dealt to JV never seemed fair, it seemed he got way more low cards But he was the most certain of one thing of any person I’ve ever met… that was he was a cop. Blue deep into his bones. No one ever wanted to be a copper for the right reasons more than Jimmy. No one I know was more dedicated even when he got pushed aside for other choices he remained doing positive things for those he loved. And most of those were Asheville Police. Even though we didn’t talk a lot, when we did it was just as we left yesterday, driving home after shift to be right back tomorrow.
    I miss my friend. Can’t get over it. I’m so sorry Susan Trav and Jimmy and your families. You miss him more.
    Rest in the assurance your sire and partner rides the heavenly blue highway, running code 3 helping out and doing good for all that need him. With Chuck Sean and Hammer they’re not alone.
    Love y’all

  20. I enjoyed working with Sgt Jim Jones. He was a awesome friend and,I’m proud to have been part of the APD family.


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