Hal L. Jones Jr.

Hal Lafayette Jones Jr., of Ponte Vedra Beach, 90, passed away Sept. 7, 2018. 

He was born in Jacksonville on May 12, 1928. He grew up in Palatka, attended Palatka schools and graduated from Tennessee Military Institute in 1946. At the University of Tennessee, he was a member of Lamba Chi Fraternity and graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1951. 

He worked for Convair Aircraft Co. in Fort Worth, Texas, where he met and married Joanne Loss of Flint, Mich., in 1953. They had two children, Hal L. Jones III (Tinker) and Elaine Elizabeth Jones.

In 1953, he joined the U.S. Army and was sent to Kaiserslautern, West Germany, with the Army of Occupation until 1955.

He then worked for Reynolds, Smith and Hill’s Consulting Engineers in Jacksonville and J.E. Sirrine Co. in Greenville, S.C., before he went to Wood-Hopkins Contracting Co. in Jacksonville in 1962. He became president in 1971. He served as president of the Association of General Contractors in Jacksonville in 1973.

After leaving Wood-Hopkins in 1997, he established Hal Jones Contractor Inc. and retired in 2008 at the age of 80.

In 1991, he married Betty Bruce Murphy of Palatka and Atlanta, Ga. They resided in Ponte Vedra Beach for 22 years. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Annetta Arendale Jones; his father, Hal L. Jones Sr.; his stepmother, Olive Jones; his first wife, Joanne Jones; his daughter, Elaine Jones Carter; and his second wife, Betty Bruce Jones. 

He is survived by his son Hal L. Jones III (Mary) of Jacksonville; stepchildren, James E. Murphy (Susan) of Davidson, N.C., Frank Bruce Murphy (Joni) and Jane Murphy Strobel (Scott) of Atlanta, Ga.; his grandchildren, Jason and Lindsay Jones, Kally Carter, Katherine Murphy White (Chris), Caroline Murphy Patterson (Tee), Bruce and Brooke Murphy, Mathew James Murphy (Erica) and Laura Jane Bryan; great-grandchildren, Harper White, Jameson White, Dash White, Charlotte Murphy and Isabelle Murphy; and his sisters, Janet Jones Bender, Catherine Jones Rollo, Sarajane Jones Brock and Hally Jones Krogh (Dan). 

Hal Jones was an astute businessman and a leader in the construction industry of Jacksonville for nearly 50 years. He is remembered with great respect and affection by his former employees, business contacts, friends and family. His leadership and business dealings were based on honesty, fairness and loyalty, and he refused to waver from those principles.

Services will be 11 a.m. Sept. 14, 2018, at Christ Episcopal Church at Ponte Vedra Beach. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082, or Community Hospice of St. Augustine, 525 State Road 16, Suite 112, St. Augustine, FL 32084. 

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