Dr. Thomas Perrin Jones, 75, husband of Mary Virginia “Jeanie” Ridgill Jones, died Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, he was a son of the late Wallie Bernard Jones and Lois Cogburn Jones.

Tommy was reared in the Pinewood community and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina, where he played baseball, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine at The Medical University of South Carolina. He practiced dentistry in Sumter for 48 years, retiring in October of 2023.

A devoted father, he coached baseball and basketball teams in the Parks and Recreation Leagues, at Wilson Hall School and Lakewood High School. He had a vibrant and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and was involved in Bible study at First Baptist Church. In all he undertook as a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a coach, a dentist, a friend, he brought definition to total and selfless commitment.

Surviving are his wife of Sumter; children, Rick Jones (Katie), Mike Jones (Laura), Jeff Jones (Amy), Russ Jones and Kell Jones (Casey); 10 grandchildren; brothers, Wallie Jones (Marcia) and Dickie Jones (Jill); sister, Millie Pate (John); and brother-in-law, Bennie Ridgill.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Dan Barber and the Rev. Mark Bordeaux officiating.

Private burial will be held in Pinewood Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 107 E. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150, or to Wilson Hall School, 520 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150.

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Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.