Updated: Rome loses a legend: Ms. Ila Sewell Jones, Georgia’s oldest resident and tenth oldest in the world.

Updated: Rome loses a legend: Ms. Ila Sewell Jones, Georgia’s oldest resident and tenth oldest in the world.

From John House’s Cave Spring Chapel, Saturday morning:

America’s second oldest citizen, Mrs. Ila Stargel Sewell Jones, 114 of Rome, and formerly of Cave Spring, died Friday afternoon at Manor House of Rome.

Mrs. Jones was born in Dahlonega, Ga., on August 21, 1903, daughter of the late John Jones Stargel and the late Georgia Mae Jones Stargel. Mrs. Jones moved to Cave Spring in 1930 to teach at the Cave Spring Consolidated School, and met her first husband, Paul Sewell. She was preceded in death by him in 1958.

Mrs. Jones taught at the Georgia School for the Deaf and at Cedartown High School, before moving to Huntsville, Ala., in 1963. Mrs. Jones met and married her second husband there in 1964, and the couple later moved to Pasadena, Texas, where she became a licensed sewage facility operator and ran the local bingo game. At age 85, Mrs. Jones moved to California and then back to Texas, before moving back to Rome in 1992.

Arrangements for Mrs. Jones are incomplete but services will be held Saturday, Nov. 18.

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Ms. Ila Sewell Jones. Image courtesy of Gerontology Wiki.

Ila Sewell Jones, Georgia’s oldest resident who turned 114 in August during a celebration at Manor House assisted living in Rome, passed away Friday. At the time, she was listed as the 10th oldest person in the world, at 114 years and 81 days.

Miss Ila. as she was known around Manor House off Chulio Road, died at the center Friday afternoon. She had been in declining health. We hope to have her obituary on Saturday.

She was highlighted in an article appearing in the Atlanta newspaper this summer, prior to her 114th birthday. Click AJC

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