Malcolm “Mally” Jones age 92, passed away on December 8 at home with family due to end stage dementia.
Born in Connellsville, PA, Malcolm’s family moved to Salem in 1937 along with 40 other families when then Capstan Glass employees relocated to the Anchor Hocking Glass Plant here. Malcolm graduated from Salem High School as Class President in 1946 and served two years in the United States Marine Corps on Guam.
Malcolm worked as a Mould Maker for Anchor Glass until his retirement in 1983. He was a true craftsman and made many of Anchor’s specialty bottle moulds including the Lydell Mitchell Commemorative Bottle, The Salem Oak Bottle, The Apollo 13 Bottle and many others. After
retirement, Malcolm continued making specialty moulds for Wheaton and Clevenger Brothers. Several of his moulds and bottles are on display in the National Bottle Museum in Connecticut as well as the Salem County Historical Society.
He parlayed his mould making talents into his craft business, A Sign of Brass, creating brass and German silver belt buckles, door plates and hand poured pewter jewelry from hand carved moulds. Tom Jones and Walter Chronkite commissioned specialty belt buckles from the business. He was a Juried Craftsman through the Pennsylvania Craftsman’s Guild.
A life-long Christian and noteworthy singer, Malcolm also played bass in the Bluegrass Gospel Quartet, The Kings Countrymen for many years and was an active member of a weekly Men’s Prayer Group through the First Presbyterian Church of Salem.
Malcolm volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels in Salem County for 30 years and was an active Member of Harvest-Time Worship Center in Salem. He was also an avid gardener.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Thelma “Eppie” Jones, their daughter Jennifer Jones and granddaughter Kathryn Rose Jones as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins and his church family.
He is predeceased by his parents, Samuel Harrison Jones & Hattie Marie Freed Jones, brother Kenneth Jones and sister Vera Jones Carmona.
Graveside Services, with full military honors, will be held 11:00 AM on Monday, December 21st at the Salem County Veteran’s Cemetery Pavilion, Pilesgrove Twp. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation in Malcolm’s memory to Meals on Wheels of Salem County, 90 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079.
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