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Charles J. Jones, 72, a former General Motors employee and talented jazz musician, died Friday (Dec. 24, 1999) in Buffalo General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Jones retired from the former Chevrolet Axle Plant in Buffalo after 30 years of service as a setup and relief man.

After his retirement, he operated Club El Morocco at Sycamore and Madison streets, ran a taxi business and worked as a real estate agent.

A jazz saxophonist, pianist and composer, Jones performed throughout Western New York with his jazz group, the Chuck Jones Trio.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., he was a graduate of Parker High School in Birmingham and attended Metropolitan School of Music in Chicago. He was an Army veteran.

Jones is survived by his wife, the former Eddie Mae McKinley; two daughters, Shirley Freely of Kenmore and Annette Morris; three sons, Gregory of Williamsville, Charles Jr. and Jetone; a sister, Frances of Oakland, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at noon Thursday in Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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