of Little Rock, AR
March 4, 1934 - November 29, 2021
Dr. William N. Jones, 87, of Little Rock passed away Monday, November 29, 2021. He was born to Dr. Curtis W. and Rosina Jones on March 4, 1934 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bill graduated high school from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans. From 1963-65, Bill was a Captain in the U.S. Medical Corps in Colorado. Upon returning to his home state, "little Billy Jones from Benton," as he often self-deprecatingly referred to himself, started his private practice in dermatology. For fifty-four years, he saw patients in the same buttercup yellow office in Little Rock's Doctors Building. In his two "exam rooms," furnished with memorabilia from Canadian fishing trips, Bill greeted every patient like a friend, so much so that his office secretaries, the same two who stayed with him for decades, knew to pad each patient's appointment slot for extended conversation. Over his career, Bill was on staff at St. Vincent Infirmary, Baptist Medical Center, UAMS, and the Doctors Hospital and volunteered as a Professor of Dermatology at UAMS every Thursday for over thirty years. He participated in the national medical community with membership in the American Academy of Dermatology and as delegate to the American Medical Association, as well as local membership in the Arkansas Medical Society (President, 1990-91) and Arkansas Dermatological Society (President, 1970). Bill gave to his community as chair for the Coalition for a Healthier Arkansas, on the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement Policy Board, and as Dermatological Consultant for Youth Homes of Arkansas. He was a particularly passionate advocate during the AIDS crisis-working on the Governor's Task Force on AIDS and the State Board of Health AIDS Advisory Committee-and against smoking with the Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Advisory Board. Bill was the recipient of the Arkansas Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award, Arkansas Medical Society's Asklepion Award for leadership and service, and Pulaski County Medical Society's Don Quixote Award.Bill was a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, serving on the Administrative Board and as Sunday School President. In the course of being Secretary, Director, Program Chairman, and Paul Harris Fellow, he introduced the gender and racial integration of the West Little Rock Chapter of Rotary International. As a Boy Scout Cub Master and Assistant Scout Master, Bill earned the Scouter's Key, Eagle Scout Award, National Wood Badge Award, and Silver Beaver Award. A renaissance man, Bill enjoyed tennis, Pilates, gardening, playing the piano, rock collecting, and tying his own fishing flies. Family and friends can recite by heart his animated stories about his "once in a lifetime" annual salmon fly-fishing trips with fellow "George River Rats," hunting for Civil War relics across the South, and cooking Bananas Foster at Ruthie's and his infamous New Year's Eve parties.Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of fifty-four years, Ruth Chambers Jones; son-in-law, Tim Boe; and brother, Dr. Robert Jones. He is survived by daughter Susan Boe of Little Rock and sons Mark Jones and wife Amber of Alexander, Stephen Jones and wife Christine of Houston, and David Jones and wife Jan of Benton; grandchildren Elaine Ruth Boe, Vivian Boe, Lauren Jones, Amy Jones, Alex Jones, and Grace Jones; and brother Dr. Curtis Jones, Jr. His family thanks Annette Wilson for many years of dedication to their father and family.Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 11, 2021, at Pinecrest Memorial Park.The family will receive friends Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home. The family requests everyone wear a mask.Memorials can be made to Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72205 and Potluck Food Rescue, PO Box 251558, Little Rock, AR, 72225.
I am deeply sad to hear of Dr. Jones passing. He was my dermatologist for over forty years and I was so fortunate to be a patient of his. Dr. Jones was kind, considerate and very attentive. He always spent time with you and never rushed thru your appointment. He and his office staff made you feel like family. When Dr. Jones retired I literally cried. My heart goes out to his family. May they take comfort that heaven has received such a sweet soul.
I worked for Dr. Jones for two years in the early 80’s. He was a wonderful man and great doctor. Praying for his family during this sad time.
I'll always remember lunches in the Doctor's Hospital Physicians Dining Room and Medical Society meetings with Dr Jones, I learned so much from him. He has served as a mentor and role model for so many younger physicians as he provided excellent care for his patients and advocated for Arkansans and Arkansas' physicians. It has been an honor to know and work with him.
I was so sad to learn that Dr. Jones had passed away. He started seeing my daughter when she was a toddler in 2000 and continued seeing her as she grew up, until he retired. He was always kind and engaging with her, and he was brilliant in his diagnoses & treatments. We trusted him completely. I am sorry for your loss. He definitely had a positive impact on our family. What a wonderful legacy!
Wonderful doctor, wonderful man and true friend!! Bill treated my husband, Harris, for many years and they shared many stories about floating the Buffalo with Boy Scouts and Bill’s fishing trips in Canada. May god bless the family during this time. 🙏
His wife, Ruthie, was a neighbor in Benton. I was the organist at their wedding. Loved them both. Dr. Bill's father delivered me as he was the doctor for our family. I am also an alumni of Castle Heights Military Academy. So very sorry for the families loss of such a fine man.
Bill was my dearest friend for the past 30 plus years. Each year we spent a week on the George River in the Ungava region of Canada sharing our joy of salmon fishing. I'll always remember Bill's sense of humor, comradery and generosity. I treasure our friendship and he will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences and prayers for God's blessings are with the Jones family.
Dr. Bill was a true gentleman. He had an amazing positive spirit and was an encourager to many. He loved his family and treasured time spent with them. He will be greatly missed.To the Jones family: May you feel the presence of God and peace knowing that Daddy Bull is reunited with the Lord and Ruthie!
Dr. Jones was the doctor for both me and my wife for a number of years. He was great. And we always enjoyed visiting with him when he had dinner at Trio’s. He was such a generous tipper that the waiters took turns waiting on him. He told me “They need the money more than I do.” We will miss seeing him.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Will be praying for all of your family.
Dr. Bill Jones was a legend when I joined the Arkansas Medical Society and a strong advocate for organized medicine. We shall miss him! David C. Jacks, MD, FACS
My love, thoughts and prayers to all of you during this really difficult time, especially during the Christmas season. Take care of each other and stay close. Praying you feel the love of God comforting you, as well.Kathy DeLaune (Story)
I worked in the Doctors Building for many years and always enjoyed seeing Dr. Jones in the hallways or elevators. I was also a patient of his as many of my relatives were. He was such a calming influence if there was a concern about a dermatology issue. However, the thing I remember most is the many chuckles we had when he would share something funny, when we ran into each other. He was such an asset to the medical field for many, many years.
Dear Jones Family,I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father and grandfather. He was a great man and a skilled physician. Prayers for comfort.
Dr.Jones -Epitome of a Real Doctor -Professional in every way. He cared so much about his patients and had the Best Office Staff Loved hearing about his fly fishing trips Can’t Iimagine how wonderful the reunion is with his wife he missed so much
Dr Jones was my doctor since I was 10 years old (55yr). Wonderful physician, concerned about his patients, and never rushed you. He had a wonderful staff as well. He will be missed. My condolence to his family and staff. Rick Coffman
Very sorry for the loss of your father. We will be praying for yall.
Dr. Jones served his colleagues for 50 years or more as a champion and fighter for his profession through his efforts as a leader of the Arkansas Medical Society. His love of medicine and his patients guided everything he accomplished and fought for. He leaves a lasting impression on this organization and the physicians it serves.There was, and always will be, only one Dr. Bill Jones. Our condolences to his family. We rejoice in the fact that he will be re-united with the love of his life, Ruthie.
Good man, good friend!
Dr Bill treated me for acne back in the 60s. Such a nice man and good physician. My dad graduated high school with his brother, Dr Bob Jones. I was treated by his dad Dr Curtis Jones Sr and brother Dr Curtis Jones Jr. he will be sorely missed.
Saddened to hear of the passing of my "professional friend" Dr. "Bill" Jones. Many fond memories of our meals and conversations together around the lunch table at Doctors Hospital. He was a fine and well-respected Dermatologist and Physician Leader. Rest in Peace sir.
We are praying for you sorry for your loss God bless
Deepest sympathy to the family. We worked on the same floor of the Doctors Building for years. Always cheerful