Emlyn "Em" Jones
Published in the Republican & Herald from 7/11/2009 - 7/12/2009
Emlyn "Em" Jones, 91, of 741 Port Carbon-Saint Clair Highway, Mill Creek, Pottsville, died Thursday at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.
Born in Saint Clair, Dec. 10, 1917, he was a son of the late Griffith and Mary Catherine Williams Jones. He was a 1936 graduate of Saint Clair High School.
Em served his country in World War II, which included the Battle of the Bulge.
He retired from Alcoa, Cressona, and was a member of the Baptist faith.
Em's baseball career started early. He captained the 1935 and 1936 Saint Clair High School championship teams. Em went on to play professional baseball in the South Anthracite League; in 1937, in the Eastern Shore League with Pecomoke City; in 1938, he played in Leaksville, N.C., and Palmyra in the Lebanon Valley League; in 1940, he played and traveled with the House of David, and in 1941, Em was signed to play baseball with the Old Brooklyn Dodgers in the Middle Atlantic League.
In 1942, Em entered the armed services. Emlyn was instrumental in starting the Saint Clair Old-Timers Baseball Association, where he served as their secretary for 25 years, and in 1984 he was inducted into the Allen Rogowicz Sports Hall of Fame.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Selina Farne, Violet Davenport and Agnes Reese; three brothers, Idwal Jones, Everett Jones and Bryn Jones.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Florence Leiby Jones; two sons, Robert Evan Jones and his wife, Lisa Jones, Lake Wynonah, and David Robert Jones and his wife, Cindy, Boise, Idaho; three grandsons, Kyle David, Brand Scott and Brett Matthew Jones, all of Boise, Idaho; nieces and nephews.
Interment with military honors will be held graveside at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Clair American Legion Post 719, P.O. Box 81, Saint Clair, PA 17970. Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, Saint Clair, is in charge of arrangements.