Lewis Edward (Eddie) Jones

Lewis Edward (Eddie) Jones died peacefully at home on March 29, 2024. He was 70 years old.

Eddie was born on August 10, 1953 in Gadsden, Alabama to Lewis Edward Jones, Sr. and Betty Mann Jones. He married Laurie Page on July 30, 1983 and was father to Susanna (Craig) O’Rando, Aaron (Lisa) Jones, and Kevin Jones. PawPaw to Leo and Zoe O’Rando.  Brother to David (Marcia) Jones, Jeff Jones and Ginger (Jim) Andersen. Dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis, his father-in-law, Clyde Page and his mother-in-law, Yvonne Page. 

As a child, Eddie moved around a lot but spent most of his time in the southeast. He graduated from Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Florida and earned bachelor degrees from the University of West Florida and University of South Alabama. He was awarded his Master in Education degree from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He moved to St. Louis in 1980 when he began teaching science to middle and high school students at Westminster Christian Academy. After 22 years in the classroom he continued educating children at Litzsinger Road Ecology Center where he helped students and their teachers appreciate our world. He retired in 2022. He was a member of New City Fellowship Church for more than 30 years and was an elder there. He also had served on the boards of Firm Foundation Tutoring and New Covenant Legal Services.

One of Eddie’s joys was music. He played guitar and led church small groups in singing and at times would take his guitar to his classroom to play songs for the students. He enjoyed playing his vinyl records and going to classic rock concerts with his children and brother.

Eddie loved being outdoors and in his younger years was an avid surfer. He especially missed the beach and ocean when he moved to the Midwest, but he channeled that enthusiasm for the outdoors by fishing, bike riding, hiking, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, gardening and many other outdoor activities. 

Another of Eddie’s passions was teaching and he was a gifted and caring one. Whether it was as his paid job in the classroom with teenagers, in Sunday School with elementary children, in the church small group with adults or with his family he knew exactly how to communicate truths so they could be appreciated and understood. Many of his high school students became his friends as they became adults. 

Eddie loved his community. He was often seen walking his big dog in the neighborhood and stopping to talk with people he met on the way. He tutored children from the community who needed extra help with their homework. He gave rides, did small handyman jobs when needed and generally cared for his neighbors.

Eddie loved his family. He was very caring of his mother who he faithfully called every week. He was always excited when he could visit his brothers and sister or have them come to him. He was so proud of his children and got great joy from seeing them grow and mature into adults who loved others and loved God. He was always so happy when his grandson came to visit. And he loved his wife greatly and told her often how much he loved and appreciated her.

But mostly, Eddie loved his Lord and Savior. He was a follower of Jesus since his teens and that relationship is what guided his life and gave him the desire and strength to love and care for others. His faith was quiet, strong and drew others to him and to his God. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.

New City Fellowship – University City

1483 82nd Street

University City, Missouri 63132

The family will receive guests at a reception immediately following the service.

Memorials are preferred to:

  • Restore St. Louis. Address checks to 1142 Hodiamont Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112. Please write “Eddie Jones memorial” in the memo or you may donate online at https://restorestlouis.org/donations/ with Eddie Jones in the memo. 
  • New Covenant Legal Services. Address checks to 4236 Lindell Blvd, Suite 201, St. Louis, MO 63108 with Eddie Jones in the memo or online at https://newcovenantlegalservices.org/ click on “donate today” and put Eddie Jones in the notes section


  1. Cindy Fischer on April 4, 2024 at 10:37 am

    “But mostly, Eddie loved his Lord and Savior. ..” amen.
    It’s so hard to think about his suffering the last years on earth, and yet those he endured well with his family and friends. Truly a saint. “Well done, good and faithful servant.

  2. Anne Mitchell on April 4, 2024 at 11:44 am

    Eddie was such a positive influence in our community. I was fortunate enough to work with him through LREC. His love of nature and outdoor education was infectious, and he shared his enthusiasm with countless students and adults. What a great man.

  3. Jacque Frieda on April 4, 2024 at 11:46 am

    I was a volunteer under Eddie at Litzinger Road ecology Center. He was an incredibly caring, compassionate man, and an incredible teacher, both to the adults and the children at the Ecology center. You could truly tell that he loved the Lord because he showed it and all his actions and interactions with others… That’s not always an easy thing to do but with Eddie that was a way of life. I truly feel blessed to have known him.

  4. Diane Gorman on April 4, 2024 at 12:11 pm

    Eddie was my teacher, mentor and friend at the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center beginning in 2010. I learned so much from him and enjoyed all the time I spent with him. He is missed and I will think of him often. God bless him and his family. May your wonderful memories sustain you through this difficult time.

  5. Gerry & Sharie Chappeau on April 4, 2024 at 12:26 pm

    So incredibly thankful for the godly influence of Eddie & Laurie in our lives always pointing us to Jesus & his calling on our lives Eddie & Lauie will always be in our hearts & prayer with profound gratitude & love Sharie & 4 Gerry 🦁🐑

  6. Bob Evans on April 4, 2024 at 4:29 pm

    I loved him dearly and he helped to lead me to Christ when I was 40 yrs old. He led our house church for years and blessed each and every person he came into contact with. Eddie and Laurie opened their home to so many students, teachers and other young perople who needed a roof over their heads and a community to support them . He displayed the “Fruits of the Spirit” as well as any person I have ever met. His gentle spirit and deep faith allowed him to be used by God in so many ways. His life was a testament to the Goodness of God and His Promises we can rest in.

  7. Robin on April 4, 2024 at 7:38 pm

    Eddie had such positive energy! My students and I loved all of our interactions with him when learning at Litzsinger Ecology Center. He will be greatly missed.

  8. Jerry Lehman on April 4, 2024 at 8:24 pm

    As a volunteer at Litzsinger Road Ecology Center it was my honor to serve under Eddie. His love of people and nature was infectious. God bless Eddie and his family.

  9. Catherine Richard on April 5, 2024 at 11:16 am

    Eddie’s positivity, sense of humor, caring, and encouragement supported all of his interactions. I’m so grateful my students were recipients of his light at LREC, and am especially so for myself.

  10. Linda Kram on April 5, 2024 at 12:49 pm

    So sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. He was always calm, patient and optimistic. He encouraged so many to get outdoors and enjoy nature. I will miss him every time I’m at Litzsinger!!

  11. Andrea (Tepper) Binder on April 5, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    Mr. Jones was my biology teacher at Westminster. Such a nice man. So sorry to hear of his passing. May his memory forever be a blessing ❤️

  12. Marty Schmitt on April 9, 2024 at 9:52 am

    I volunteered at Litzinger under Eddie’s direction for over 10 years. Eddie was always positive and encouraging, and I learned so much from him. I was especially impressed by the way he could so easily pose questions to students that would cause them to think more deeply about what they were observing. I miss his presence at Litzinger.

    My condolences to Eddie’s wife and family. Eddie’s face always lit up when he talked about his wife and it was clear how much he loved you, Laurie.

  13. Rich Van Gilst on April 9, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    Family of Eddie,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. I enjoyed teaching with Eddie for many years at Westminster. And yes, I know how much he loved his Lord and Savior. But, he loved all of you very much as well. It was evident in all he did. I pray that God will comfort each one of you and that His love will sustain you as you mourn his loss yet cherish his memories.

  14. Jaclyn B on April 11, 2024 at 10:25 am

    I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was such an amazing man, one of my favorite patients and gave great hugs 💓 he left a significant mark on every body he met, especially me. Praying for your family

  15. Kirstin (Landes) Beckham on April 19, 2024 at 8:54 pm

    Mr. Jones was my home room and science teacher at WCA. He was an amazing man of God. He loved his family and students. He challenged us in our relationship with Christ. He once asked me, “if Christians were being arrested would there be enough evidence to convict me? ” He made a difference in many lives! He will be missed. ❤️

  16. Malinda Walter on April 20, 2024 at 9:09 am

    I had the honor and pleasure of working with Eddie for 5 years at the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. His exuberance for nature and connecting children with nature inspired me. He always wanted to learn new things. When he started laughing, everyone did. He brought so many blessings and joy to so many.

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