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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Paige Jones, widow of DL Capt. Dana Jones

~ IN MEMORY ~
former DL stewardess Paige (Adams) Jones, widow of DL Capt. Dana Jones
July 24, 1922 ~ December 8, 2018
 
Word has reached our group with the passing of Mrs. Paige (Adams) Jones, widow of WWII veteran and Delta pilot Captain Dana Lafayette Jones who passed in January 2007.  Paige was 96 years of age at the time of her passing.  She is survived by their children, their grand- and great grandchildren, plus many other dear friends and family members.
Condolences and memoires may be shared online at
Services for Mrs. Jones are planned for December 17th at  11:00 AM at
ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.
To the best of my knowledge per whitepages listing, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1986 Lyle Ave., Atlanta GA 30337-1147.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
 
Obituary below...........................with note and request from Plato Rhyne dated Wednesday, December 12, 2018
.....just got word that Paige Jones, Dana’s widow, age 96 passed away Saturday. Her funeral is Monday the 17th and the obituary is in today’s AJC. Her daughter, Anda Paige, wondered if anyone at Delta would be interested in a human interest contact with this story. Paige was one of Delta’s early stewardess (flight attendant) hired in 1943, married Dana in 1946 and of course had to quit. There is a video I think done by the Delta museum with Paige talking about her history as was publicized last year. With your contacts do you know of anyone at Delta that would be interested in this story? I plan to contact the PCN with this info but thought that possibly there might be some interest from Delta as well. She was a very special lady and true early member of the “Delta Family “.
 
Mrs. Jones’ Obituary: 
It is with great sadness that the family of Mrs. Paige Adams Jones, of College Park, Ga., announces her passing after a brief illness on Saturday, December 8, 2018. She was 96 years old.
Paige will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Anda Paige Broom, and Anda’s sons Noel Mayeske (Kristin) and Mark Mayeske (Lisa), son-in-law Bill Mercure (Jennifer) and Bill’s daughter Nancy East (Larry), son Adam Mercure (Tammy), daughter Amanda Muri (Chad), daughter Molly Crook (Daniel), and son Hayes Mercure (Stacie). Paige's memory will also be cherished by her 17 great-grandchildren, Spencer, Carson, Matthew, Sam, Sarah, Aidan, Paige, Wogene, Ashlyn, Elise, William, Amelia, Brock, Isaac, Charles, Jones and Carlie. Paige was predeceased by her husband Dana Jones, daughter Martha Mercure, son-in-law John Broom, father Edwin Gaillard Adams, mother Mary Page Baynes, brother Edwin Gaillard Adams, and sister Sara Leila Adams Brooks.
 
A funeral service in memory of Paige will be held Monday, December 17 at 11:00 am at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, with Father Gene Paradise presiding. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paige’s name to the Atlanta Humane Society, a favorite charity of hers.
 
Mary Paige Adams was born in Greensboro, Ga. on July 24, 1922 (delivered at home by her father, a physician). She graduated from Wesleyan College in May 1943. She was hired at Delta Air Lines in July 1943 as one of their first stewardesses. On a flight in 1945, she met a handsome pilot named Dana Jones. The DC-3 on which they met is currently on display in the Delta Flight Museum in College Park, Ga. The couple married on May 25, 1946 in Greensboro, and enjoyed more than 60 years of marriage in College Park before Dana's passing.
 
The beautiful and gracious Paige became known as an avid gardener and homemaker, animal lover and radiant hostess through countless social engagements with family and friends. In later years, she relished writing handwritten notes to keep in touch with friends old and new. She gave back to the community, delivering for Meals On Wheels and serving food at Crossroads Community Ministries of St. Luke’s. Her strength and resilience were remarkable, choosing to remain in her home from her husband's passing to her own.
 
The consummate Southern lady, Paige’s luminous smile and way of relating to family and so many dear friends in a warm, personal way will be fondly remembered forever.
Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, Peachtree City, is in charge of arrangements.
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Capt. Dana Lafayette Jones
September 5, 1921 ~ January 11, 2007   
(joined Delta Air Lines 09-01-1945) 
 
AJC article:.....”The airline industry was wounded on Sept. 11, 2001, 36-year Delta Air Lines pilot Dana Jones said in a Nov. 11, 2001, Atlanta Journal-Constitution article. "I started out when airlines were in their infancy, and I'm proud of my small role in helping the industry mature," said the head of three generations of Delta employees. "But in my day, we were building an industry. Now we're trying to preserve one. It's a fight for survival." The memorial service for Mr. Jones, 80, of College Park, who died Thursday..................”

Obituary in part:...............DANA L. JONES Capt. (Ret.) Dana L. Jones, age 85, of College Park, GA, died Thursday, January 11, 2007, surrounded by his family. He was born in Lee County, Alabama on September 5, 1921, to Charles G. Jones and Mae Lavender Jones. He graduated from Jordan High School in Columbus, GA, where he was senior class president and the first president of the Service Club. He was also an active member of DeMolay, a civic organization teaching young men leadership skills. After high school Mr. Jones was employed by First National Bank in Columbus before entering the U.S. Army in 1943 as an Air Corps Cadet. 2nd Lt. Jones was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in England and ferried a B-24 Liberator to his duty station. As a B-24 bomber commander in the 446th Bomber Group, Lt. Jones flew 31 combat missions over the European continent. The 446th Bomber Group led the Eighth Air Force on D-Day across the English Channel bombing German emplacements in advance of the allied landing barges. A week later, his plane was so badly damaged in a bombing raid that it barely limped back across the Channel. He and his crew bailed out as soon as England was beneath them. For his war service, Mr. Jones was awarded the Air Medal, Silver Star, and Distinguished Flying Cross. Following his military service, Mr. Jones joined Delta Air Lines in 1945 as a pilot. It was on his first flight between Ft. Worth and Atlanta that he met the love of his life, Paige Adams. He married "his favorite stewardess" in May of 1946. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May, 2006. During the 1950s he built and owned 3 apartment complexes which were rented primarily to airline employees. Always civic minded, he was a charter member of the South Fulton Jaycees, member of the Airport Rotary Club, and served on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Salvation Army. He served as chairman of the Leukemia Society's South Atlanta Celebrity Waiter's Luncheon fundraiser for 5 years. In recent years, he participated in fundraising walks for the American Parkinson Disease Association. He enjoyed designing landscapes. He created the landscape for St. John's Episcopal Church in College Park, GA, including the Memorial Garden. He flew for Delta from 1945 until his retirement in August, 1981. During his 36-year flying career, he experienced the evolution of commercial aviation from the DC-3 to the Lockheed L-1011, logging more than 28,000 hours in the cockpit. After his retirement as a pilot, Delta retained his services for eleven (11) years in conducting its In Command symposiums for its captain upgrade program...........................

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