MC community mourns death of senior

MC community mourns death of senior

Feb. 19, 2018

The Maryville College community is mourning the death of Michael Clark Jones, a senior at the school who was expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in May.

Jones, of nearby Louisville, Tenn., was killed in a single-car accident early Sunday morning, Feb. 18, on Miser Station Road near his home.

He enrolled at the College in 2014 after graduating from William Blount High School. He played football for the Scots during the 2014 season and later declared a major in marketing. As an upperclassman, Jones was actively involved in creative pursuits with students and faculty members in the Fine Arts and Languages and Literature divisions. He was interested in jewelry design and worked for local jewelers.

“For those of you who knew Clark as a friend and classmate, I know this news is very difficult to receive,” wrote Dr. Melanie Tucker, vice president and dean of students, in a memorandum emailed to students, faculty and staff on Monday morning. “Our loss is felt beyond our campus community, into the surrounding area. I ask that you keep Clark’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely challenging time.”

The College community will gather for prayers and remembrance during its regularly held chapel time at 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, in the Center for Campus Ministry (CCM). The CCM is currently open to those members of the campus community seeking a space for reflection and comfort.

The Jones family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m., Feb. 21, at Smith Trinity Chapel in Maryville. Funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. A graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 22, at Louisville Memorial Cemetery.

For more information, visit Smith Funeral Home.



Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.