John Marshall Jones, Jr.
John Marshall Jones, Jr. died peacefully at age 84 on the evening of April 3, 2021. Jack was born in Savannah at the Mary Telfair Hospital on May 12, 1936. He was a son of the late John Marshall Jones and Lyla Brown Jones.
He attended local schools and was a graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics. While there, he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, a member of the Honor Council, and the Order of Gimghoul.
He was a partner in Jones, Hill and Mercer Insurance Company, chairman of Harbour Resources and a founder and director of Compass Health Management Services.
Jack was a founder and director of First Bank of Savannah that became Wachovia Bank, a founder and director of The Savannah Bankcorp that became South State Bank, board member and chairman of Memorial Hospital, and board member and chairman of South University. He served on many boards in our community including Armstrong State University Foundation, Savannah Country Day School, Chamber of Commerce executive committee, United Way chair of special gifts, past director of the Savannah Rotary Club, and past president of the National Association of Claims and Services. He also served on the board of United Ministries of Savannah and Dulany Industries, Inc.
He was a member of Historic Savannah Foundation, Telfair Museum, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah Tree Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and Savannah River Keepers. He was also a member of The Oglethorpe Club, Savannah Yacht Club, The Chatham Club, The Century Club, and Cotillion Club.
Jack was always active in his early years as he flew his little Cessna around the Bahamas for scuba diving. He treasured his many trips to the Colorado mountains for skiing, hiking, and camping with his children, grandchildren, and friends. Those unforgettable trips were always filled with joy, laughter, and fun.
Jack was a Master Gardener. One of his greatest pleasures was working on the grounds of his childhood home at Turner's Rock. He had a deep appreciation for nature and the simple things in life. He found happiness in reading a good book, lunch with "The Boys" at the O Club, taking walks at Tybee, and exploring the Wilmington River and the natural treasures of our coast. Hiking in the mountains of Highlands, North Carolina was a traditional highlight of his summers in the old days. He always discovered something beautiful in the different colors of sunsets and the changing tides and seasons of the year. But, it was his loving relationship with his wife of sixty years, his children, grandchildren, godchildren, and friends that fulfilled him. He believed that he was truly blessed and was always filled with gratitude for his many gifts.
Jack was a lifelong member of Christ Church where he was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church. He served on the vestry and was a past Senior Warden of the parish on Johnson Square. His faith in God sustained him throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife Mimi and his children; Catherine Jones Holden of Savannah, John Marshall Jones, III (Julia Matthews) of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Mikell Adams Jones (Katherine Cornelius) of Atlanta, Georgia.
He is also survived by his eleven grandchildren; Catherine Marshall, Caroline James, and William Roger Holden, Jr., John Marshall, IV, Matthew Coe, Lyla Murfee, and Lucy Claiborne Jones, Connor Marshall, Kylee Elizabeth, Ryan Addison, and Lily Grace Jones, a sister, Henrietta Jones Evatt of Charleston, South Carolina, and a brother, H. Mikell Jones (Jane Price Harmon) of Atlanta, Georgia.
The family is grateful to Mary L. Green for her love, kindness, and many years of gentle encouragement, his compassionate caregivers, and Rufus Smalls, his devoted friend and driver.
Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Bonaventure Cemetery. All COVID precautions are requested by the family.
Please consider a remembrance to Christ Church Endowment Fund, 18 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401, Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 31406, or Greenbriar Children's Center, 3709 Hopkins Street, Savannah, GA 31405.
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