JONES, EARNEST, JR., 81
Keystone Heights - Earnest "Leonard", Jr., Keystone Heights, 81 passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at North Florida Regional Hospital following a long illness. Leonard Jones was born on November 2, 1932 to Earnest Leonard, Sr. and Mattie Futch Jones in Orlando, Florida.
Leonard owned and operated Leonard's Outboard Shop for 48 years. He also served in the United States Navy and spent several years in Law Enforcement as a State Trooper for the Florida Highway Patrol, Deputy for the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Chief of Police for the City of Keystone Heights. Leonard was very active in the community and was a life-long member and held many offices in the Keystone Heights Lions Club and was also a member of the American Legion. Leonard also served for many years as the Director of Clay County Civil Defense.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sharon McGraw Jones; his brother: Ted (Pat) Jones of Jacksonville; two daughters: Debbie (Steve) Heptinstall and Christy (Ronnie) Harper; four grandchildren: Jessica (Jeremiah) Groff, Rebecca Chapman, Renee Potter and Matt Heptinstall; six great-grandchildren: Ryan Potter, Breanna Heptinstall-Ricks, Lauryn Potter, Hayden Groff, Blake Chapman and Haylee Groff all of Keystone Heights; his "adopted" son, Mike (Debbie)Taylor of Jacksonville and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and so many very dear friends.
A Celebration of Leonard's life will be held on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00PM at the Keystone Heights Lions Club. The family invites each of you to speak a few words or share any of your stories or memories concerning your relationship with Leonard at the Celebration.
Arrangements are under the care of JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME, 340 E. WALKER DR. KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, FL 32656.
Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation
340 East Walker Drive Keystone Heights, FL 32656
Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014