LOUISBURG - Lucy Plummer Jones died at Louisburg Nursing Center January 24, 2008. She was born in Franklin County to the late Joseph Broomfield Jones and Laura Egerton Jones September 24, 1914. The family moved to Henderson, N.C., and she graduated from Henderson High School, then attended Womanâ€™s College (UNC-G).
Lucy went to work at Roseâ€™s Stores in 1935 and retired in 1978 as one of the top toy buyers in the country. She received many honors and awards during her career. She appeared on the cover of the National Toy Magazine as the â€śFirst Lady of Toysâ€ť and was given a dinner and dance at Brandeis University, where a scholarship was established in her name.
After her retirement, she was an advisor to Mattel Toys in California. She was very well liked by all her salesmen, because she treated them fairly, and many became lifelong personal friends.
She owned a condominium at Ormond Beach, Fla., and moved there permanently for 20 years after her motherâ€™s death, with whom she lived and looked after until her death. Lucy loved life and lived it to the fullest, always the life of the party. She moved to Louisburg Nursing Center in the spring of 1998.
She was very fond of her two nieces and great-nephew and great-niece, and they have fond memories of her. She is survived by her nieces: Frances Hill (Bill) and Lucy E. Jones, both of Louisburg; great-nephew, Maurice Hill (Angie) of Youngsville, and great-niece, Elizabeth Hill Wilbourne (Doug and Evan and Annie) of Louisburg. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law, Hugh E. and Frances M. Jones of Henderson.
Memorial service will be conducted by Dr. Reggie Rushing at Lancaster Funeral Home, 804 N. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg, at 2:00 PM, Sunday, January 27. The family will greet guests immediately following the service and at all other times at the home of Frances and Bill Hill, 102 King Circle, Louisburg. Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Philathea Neighbors Fund, Louisburg Baptist Church, P. O. Box 730, Louisburg, NC 27549 or to the charity of oneâ€™s choice.