James Earl Cone passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at his residence. He was born on March 16, 1937, to Burnace James Cone and Jamsie Thurman Cone.
He married the love of his life, Naomi Bright, on August 5, 1960. They were married for over 57 years and have lived in the Mt. Zion Community outside of Magee. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
James Earl was a long time member of The United Paperworkers International Union and retired from Georgia Pacific Monticello Mill after 32 years of service. He loved his job and looked forward to going to it everyday. As a heavy equipment operator, he operated backhoes, and cranes. He loved the outdoors and fishing. James could accomplish anything he set his mind to.
He was always busy and had a project going, He never had time to sit on the porch and watch the grass grow. While confined to home in the last couple of years, he enjoyed old western movies and books, having read over 250 as in recent years.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi Bright Cone; son, James Wayne Cone and brother, Zeno Cone.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marguarite, Hall.
Visitation for friends will be on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Services are at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, at Tutor Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Brother Michael Giles and Brother Jay Wesbrooks will officiate.
Arrangements are entrusted with Tutor Funeral Home of Magee.