In this April file photo, longtime MTSU supporter Rebecca Jones, right, talks with MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee at the university's Celebration of Philanthropy luncheon. Mrs. Jones died Thursday at age 99. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee State University is mourning the death of a longtime supporter.
Rebecca Jones passed away Thursday. She was the widow of the late Jennings A. Jones, for whom the university's College of Business is named.
The Jones' were married for 68-year. During that time gave almost $2-million to MTSU.
Mrs. Jones was 99 years old.
MTSU President Sidney McPhee issued the following statement of condolences:
"Rebecca Jones was a dear friend to Middle Tennessee State University and her family's involvement and support will have a substantial and lasting impact upon our institution.
"Jennings and Rebecca Jones, along with their family foundation, made more than $1.8 million in gifts to the university. Their contributions have established two Chairs of Excellence, created and supported a K-12 education program and a reading academy, and supported programs as diverse as our College of Business and our historic printing press.
"It was their desire to positively impact future generations of MTSU students that led Mr. and Mrs. Jones to establish two of MTSU's first endowed Chairs of Excellence – one in Free Enterprise and the other in Urban and Regional Planning. The two Jones Chairs have allowed MTSU to attract a wide array of academic, government and civic leaders to fill these important and unique educational positions.
"Jennings Jones, the namesake of our College of Business, was a true civic leader. In 2005, we also mourned his passing. At all times, Rebecca, his wife and partner, joined Jennings in making this community and our university better."
Graveside services for Mrs. Jones will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be at noon Saturday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel until the time of graveside services.
Memorials may be made to Linebaugh Library, the Jesse C. Beesley Foundation Program or the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring. Woodfin Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.