Services set Saturday for ‘Mr. Post Office’

Louis M. Jones, here with his daughter, Dr. Nicole L. Gale, was known in Salisbury as “Mr. Post Office.” He died Aug. 28; funeral services are this Saturday.

He was possibly the nicest man who ever lived in Salisbury.

Louis Matthew Jones, affectionately known as “Mr. Postman” for his working the tiny drive-through booth of the Salisbury Post Office, is being mourned for his absence and remembered for his upbeat nature.

Jones, 70, of Salisbury, died Aug. 28. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at First Baptist Church on Booth Street in Salisbury.

Born Feb. 15, 1948, Jones was a 1966 graduate of the former Somerset High School. He served in the U.S. Army and received a certification from Robinson’s Clock Repair School once worked at Chesapeake Plywood Co. in Pocomoke City.

He retired from the Post Office in 2013, after 31 years of service. He could be found day after day, in his little booth in the Post Office parking lot, answering customer questions and providing a smile.

A Washington Redskins fan, he hept a poster of his favorite player, Hall-of-Famer Darel Green, tacked to a wall behind him.

A member of First Baptist Church of Salisbury, Jones also belonged to the American Legion Post No. 145, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10159, Military Order of the Cooties and Disabled Veterans.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, the Rev. Brenda Hughey-Jones; two daughters, Dr. Nicole L. Gale and Lukisha M. Jones; a stepson, Thomas Corbin; five brothers, Wilbur Jones, Rick Jones, Keith Jones, Corey Jones and Christopher Jones; two sisters, Evelyn Jones-Kelley and Joyce Murray; and many other relatives and friends.

In his memory, family friend Starr Purnell posted she has known Jones “for what seems like a lifetime and his jovial spirit was always the same.”

“I’ll always remember his kind words and wonderful smile when I went to the Post Office. He was always in an upbeat mood,” she wrote.

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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