Getting to Know Jerry Mac Jones

erry Mac Jones was born at home in Westminster on May 7, 1938. He attended Westminster Grammar School and graduated from Westminster High School in 1956.

After graduation from high school, Jerry started working at J.P. Stevens Clemson Plant as the order clerk. He worked there for one year before enlisting into the U.S. Navy in 1957.

Jerry received his basic training at Great Lakes, Ill. When he completed his training, he was transferred to Norman Naval Air Technical Training Center located in Norman, Okla. He was trained to become an aviation machinist mechanic. Eight weeks later, after he completed his training, he was transferred to the VP-48 Seaplane Squadron Station in Iwakuni, Japan. He was there for six months before being transferred to North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Calif. He was there for one year as a crew member, training pilots, before being sent back to Iwakuni. He served four years in the Navy and was discharged with the rank of petty officer 3rd class.

After his discharge, he returned to his hometown of Westminster and got a job working at the Sangamo Electric Plant in Pickens. He worked in the shipping department there for three months before being transferred to the Sangamo Electric Plant in Oconee County. He worked there for three years as the shipping supervisor.

neighborHis next job was at Singer Diehl Division in Greenville. He was the shipping and warehouse manager there for 19 years.

In 1983, Jerry went to work at the Carolina Electric Motor Repair Shop in Anderson. He worked there as a motor mechanic until he retired in 2002.

Jerry met his wife, Elizabeth Wilson, in March 1962. They dated for six months before marrying on Sept. 22, 1962. They chose to live in Pickens, where Jerry still lives. He and Elizabeth were married for 54 years. Elizabeth died Aug. 29, 2016.

Jerry enjoys fishing. He said it is one of his favorite things to do. He likes to fish at Lake Keowee and at Lake Hartwell.

He said his family always enjoyed taking vacations together. They went to Cherry Grove at North Myrtle Beach almost every summer.

Jerry is a member of the Pickens Senior Center. He goes there to visit with his friends and enjoy the good food served there.

Jerry sings in the choir at Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens. He is a member there.

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