Hazel Dillon Jones
Sept. 18, 1924 – Sept. 15, 2023
Hazel Bernice Dillon Jones, 98, died Sept. 15, 2023, at her home. She was born on Sept. 18, 1924, in Tylertown, a daughter of the late Carlos Columbus Dillon and Lily van Dora Ard Dillon.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eldridge Jones, 14 siblings: Ara Dillon Dillon, Ora Dillon Dillon, Odis Dillon, Ottis Dillon, Lenora Dillon Hughes, Dellia Dillon Stinson, Melvin Dillon, Bessie Dillon Slaven, John Warran Dillon, Tina Dillon Brumfield, Truly Dillon, Thelma Dillon Hill, Preston Dillon, and Earl Dillon; sons-in-law Doye Graves, and Randy Brumfield; grandchild Victoria Dillon.
She grew up on the family farm in Walthall County, learning to work at an early age. She attended New Zion School in Tylertown. She enjoyed playing basketball and her high school team went to All-State.
She married Eldridge Jones Nov. 6, 1943. Shortly after their marriage, Eldridge left for the Navy. On top of raising children, keeping a house, and cooking meals, she milked cows. She dedicated 64 years of her life to dairy farming. Following the death of her husband in 1968, she took charge of running the dairy. Her hard work and dedication earned her numerous awards for milk production and dairy business operations.
Survivors are her children, Faye (Doye) Graves, Judy (Paul) Dillon, Ronald Jones, Trudy (Mark) Statham, Raymond (Rita) Jones, and Shelia (Clay) Pope; grandchildren, Mickey (Nacole) Dillon, Missy (Tory) Self, Marsha (Niles) Branch, Kaitlyn Jones, Scott (Mingo) Brumfield, Bradley (Dana) Brumfield, Tina (Jeremy) Thornhill, Luke (Amanda) Jones, Leah Ann (Chaplin) Smalley, Tanda (Nicky) Miller, and Talena (Dusty) Rogers; great-grandchildren Cassidy Ashe, Kylar Dillon, Drake Dillon, Brooke Resendez, Brance Self, Macey Branch, Avery Miller, Coty Brumfield, Andrew (Santana) Brumfield, Emma Brumfield, Addison Brumfield, Spencer Brumfield, Philip Brumfield, Trevor Thornhill, Triston Jones, Lainie Jones, Layla Smalley, Chandler Smalley, Bailey Miller, Payton Rogers, and Presley Rogers; great-great-grandchildren Rilynn Brumfield, Cullen Brumfield, Kylie Brumfield, and Alora Resendez; special daughter-in-love, Sue Parker.
Mrs. Jones worshipped at Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school for nearly 50 years.
The family had a graveside celebration of her life Sept. 17, 2023, at Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Franklinton.
Pallbearers were Mickey Dillon, Scott Brumfield, Bradley Brumfield, Coty Brumfield, Andrew Brumfield, and Brance Self.
Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton was in charge of the arrangements.