Discovered the issue was with a poorly transcribed 1940's census, listing him as David "R." Actually David PERRY Jones. Have had much more luck here. His parents were Albert T Jones and Sarah Elizabeth Lille (or Lilly), they were married around 1886 and were living in Craven county in 1900.
Sarah was the daughter of George Lilly and Annie Lancaster. George was the daughter of Henry David Lilly and Lovie Louisa Pate, all from craven county.
If anyone knows anything about the parents of Albert T Jones, I would really appreciate your help! I was so excited to call my dad and tell him about what I've found so far...he didn't even know his great grandparent's names until today. I would love to be able to tell him more!