Ed was the son of Joseph A. and Sara Victoria Wakefield Jones of Wylam. He graduated from Ensley High School and began working for the News as a photographer in 1942. He enlisted for military service in 1944 and was discharged in 1947.
For most of his career, Jones was assigned to cover the Auburn Tigers football team, capturing iconic photographs of Shug Jordan and Pat Sullivan, as well as Alabama kicker Van Tiffin's last-second field goal in the 1985 Iron Bowl. He was also assigned to cover other events, including the Civil Rights Movement across Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s, and numerous political figures.
After retiring in 1987 Jones began working with the Auburn Tigers athletic department. He resided next door to fellow News photographer and protégé Tom Self in Center Point and was a deacon at First Baptist Church Center Point. His home was destroyed in the January 2012 tornado outbreak.