Thomas Z. Jones, 78, Lenoir City, passed away Aug. 15, 2013, in Knoxville. He was a graduate of Franklin High School in Franklin, N.C., and Western Carolina University. He served 21 years with the U.S. Navy "Seabees," retiring as a chief equipment operator. He was very proud of his service to his country and was based in many areas of the world including Alaska, the Philippines, Italy, the Antarctic and Vietnam. His many military awards included The Naval Achievement Medal, Antarctic Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Expert Rifle and Pistol ribbons.
Following his military retirement, he worked for the Caterpillar Company in Peoria, Ill. He was married for 43 years to Rosa del Ricco of Casserta, Italy, who predeceased him in 2003. He is survived by his son, Thomas Angelo Jones of Princeton, Ill., and brothers, Larry of Lenoir City and Dr. R.M. Jones of Franklin, N.C. Interment will be in Lacon, Ill., beside his beloved wife, Rosa. Click Funeral Home Lenoir City is serving the family of Thomas Z. Jones. www.clickfuneralhome.com