Lee James Jones of Dandridge, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, November 6, following a brief illness. He was born in 1949 in Morristown, Tennessee, to Mildred Rayburn Jones and G. Marcus Jones.
After serving in the Air Force, Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. A life-long amateur radio enthusiast, Lee found his niche in radio frequency design, working as a RF Design Engineer for Motorola and a RF Test Engineer for Rockwell-Collins. In 2016, Lee ended his career as Chief Technology Officer for Ten-Tec, Inc. in Sevierville, Tennessee. Lee was the inventor of a variable bandwidth crystal filter with varactor diodes (known as the “Jones Filter”) and a dual mode direct current power supply. Both patents were assigned to Ten-Tec, Inc. After his retirement, he continued working on RF design projects in his laboratory/workshop at home. He was a lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Lee was a lover of all animals, especially Labrador Retrievers, most recently his beloved and unruly Ralph.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Mary Creech Jones; sister, Sandy Jones Smith (Andy); brother, Mark Barber Jones (Dana); sisters-in-law, Donna Creech and Nancy Creech Goodson (David); niece, Abbe Smith McCracken (Ryan); nephews, Parker James Smith (Kelci), Casey Rayburn Smith (Kellie), Alex Jones (Kendall), and Neil Goodson (Elisabeth). His nephew, Ben Goodson, preceded him in death. He is also survived by eight great-nieces and nephews and special friends, Alice and Rick Moody.
Allen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A private memorial service will be held at a later time. For those wishing to making a memorial donation, please consider a contribution to Noah’s Arc, Inc., P.O. Box 1031, Talbott, TN 37877.