Harriette Josephine (Jo) Tinny, nee Hicks died April 9, 2014. She was born Oct. 8, 1924, in Tampa to Maurice Adkins Hicks and Ruth Pearl Hicks, nee Cone. Her mother was Registered Nurse Number 16 in Florida and served as a Red Cross nurse in France during World War I. Her father was in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in France and they married in the Notre Dame Cathedral. The Cones were Florida pioneers coming from Connecticut via Georgia in the early 1800s. Florida Gov. Fred P. Cone was a cousin. Jo was reared and schooled in Williston and Gainesville.
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In 1943, Jo became a Navy WAVE and served as the Captain's Yeoman at Corry Field, part of Naval Air Station, Pensacola. She attended the University of Florida on the G.I. Bill and in 1949 won a bachelor's degree. In the Gainesville Naval Reserve Unit she met John D. Tinny, a Navy officer. They married on Sept. 9, 1950. Her husband was sent to Korea for the Korean War and came home in 1952. In 1954, Jo joined the Daughters of the American Revolution and for 60 years was a devoted and exemplary daughter. Jo was regent of the Fort San Nicholas Chapter. She later transferred to the Ponte Vedra Chapter. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
John was named a State Department Foreign Service Officer in 1956. Their first post was rough and ready San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a Cold War hot spot. The British Vice Consul was murdered on day one. Gregory, their third son, was the first child born to an American consular officer in San Pedro Sula. They also served in Cairo, Beirut, Aden and Benghazi. In Benghazi, their residence was hit by a terrorist's bomb in 1965, just missing their three sons. The murder of an American oilfield hand marked the end of their service at this last post, as murder had marked the first. John describes their Foreign Service life in his memoirs From the Inside Out. In 1969, John joined Occidental and later Conoco working in the Persian Gulf and North Africa. Parsimonious, haphazard government and bad private health care overseas took their toll.
Jo and John's first born, Clayton Murrell, was killed in a 1979 auto crash. Survivors include husband, John David; sons, David Austin and Gregory Cone (Amy); grandchildren, Gabrielle Marguerite and Clayton Adam Murrell; nephew, Sidney Ansbacher and his son, Benjamin; and first cousin, Marcus Cone.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. May 1 at St. Francis In-the-Field Episcopal Church, 895 Palm Valley Road.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.pontevedravalley.com.
Ponte Vedra Valley Funeral Home
4750 Palm Valley Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Published in St. Augustine Record on Apr. 13, 2014