Effingham County Fair Board Treasurer Bill Jones passed away Saturday morning. The 78-year-old Jones, who was also a member of the Altamont City Council, was working in the secretary’s office at the fair when he collapsed. Fair workers below heard a noise from the office, and found Jones’ unresponsive upon entering. CPR was performed on Jones until emergency personnel arrived. Effingham County Coroner Duane Guffey pronounced Jones dead at 10:00am, saying the preliminary cause of death is a heart attack.
Jones had served on the Fair Board for 12 years. A moment of silence was held at the fair later Saturday evening.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00am at the First United Methodist Church in Altamont. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8pm, also at the church.