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Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Columbus

4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA

OBITUARY

Col. (Ret.) Gary Allen Jones

December 13, 1942September 10, 2019

Col. (Ret) Gary Allen Jones, 76, of Columbus, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Columbus Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.

A service to celebrate his life with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 13, 2019 at First Baptist Church, 212 12th Street, Columbus, Georgia with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Elder officiating. Family will visit with friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church. A private burial will be held in Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, his family wishes for memorial contributions to be made to First Baptist Church of Columbus, P.O. Box 828, Columbus, GA 31902 or the National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning Georgia at www. nationalinfantrymuseum.org.

Gary Allen Jones was born on December 13, 1942 in Haynesville, Louisiana to the late Otis R. Jones and Allene Brewton Jones. Gary faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army for over 26 years as an Infantry Officer, retiring as Colonel. During his service, he served during the Vietnam War. His Military Awards include: Silver Star, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device 1 OLC, Air Medal 3rd Award, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device 5 OLC, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star For Valor, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and Washington Pentagon Duty Awarded The Department of Army Staff Identification Badge.

It was Gary’s great honor to serve the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce as Executive Vice President, Military Affairs, and Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority from April 2006 to July 24, 2019. Gary served as the principal chamber staff member focused on defense and governmental issues impacting the growth of his community. He has worked with Fort Benning, Georgia on base realignment and closure, sequestration and drawdowns affecting Fort Benning. He was involved with the movement of Fort Knox to Fort Benning that later formed the MCOE (Maneuver Center of Excellence). Gary received the Fort Benning “Commanding General’s” Award for Public Service in 2018.

It was also his pleasure to serve his community through serving on many boards of the local, state and national levels. Some of those boards include: Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee, Georgia State Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee, Georgia Joint Defense Commission, National Association of Defense Communities, Pastoral Institute, Development Authority of Columbus, Georgia Rotary Club, Columbus Uptown Board, Columbus Midtown Board, Historic Chattahoochee River Club, US Senator Perdue’s Georgia Strategic Military Advisory Group, and Saint Paul United Methodist Church Administrative Board.

Throughout his distinguished career, Gary has served in many capacities, always demonstrating a deep personal commitment to protecting democracy and being willing to sacrifice his own personal safety and comfort to ensure the well-being of others.

Gary leaves his legacy to be cherished by his loving wife, LeLone James Jones; his loving daughter, Lauren Lee (Benji) Marquez; his loving son, Glen Allen Jones; his loving sister, Patricia Ann (Gary) Roshto and other relatives. Also friends, coworkers, and associates whom he respected and loved dearly. They all enriched his life.

  • FAMILY

  • Otis R. Jones, Father (deceased)
  • Allene Brewton Jones, Mother (deceased)
  • LeLone James Jones, Wife
  • Gary Allen Jones, Son
  • Lauren Lee Jones Marquez, Daughter
  • Benji Marquez, Son-in-law
  • Patricia Ann Roshto, Sister
  • Gary Roshto, Brother-in-law

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Funeral Services with Military Honors Friday, September 13, 2019

Memories

Col. (Ret.) Gary Allen Jones

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Carole Barham

September 12, 2019

LeLone, I'm so very sorry for your sudden loss of your husband. I hope that God will comfort you and your family during this very hard time in your lives. Always keep your memories of him close to your heart & he will live in you forever. Sincere thoughts go out to you and your family from your DUSA friend,
Carole Barham

HUGH RODGERS

September 12, 2019

Sandra and I send our sincere condolences to the family. We enjoyed so much our delightful times at the Steeplechases and Sandra loved visiting with you. May the fine memories of a life well-lived in service to country and community be a comfort in the days ahead.

Bodine Sinyard

September 12, 2019

Gary was incredibly committed to the success of our Military in all ways possible. An incredible American Patriot with compassion for her future! He will remembered and missed greatly.

Becky Langston

September 11, 2019

I worked with Gary during his military and civilian career....He was always energy-filled, committed to the goal of enhancing our community, and harbored a love for people. Our area will miss a great "soldier", in more ways than one. God Bless!

Charlie Perham

September 11, 2019

Matrix Design Group passes on their heartfelt condolences to the Jones family and friends. Gary was our client and friend. We helped the Joint Valley Partnership through the challenges of Fort Benning reducing the number of soldiers and families in the community, and then subsequently helped the region with a Business Retention and Expansion Plan. We had the shared experience of Garrison leadership and patriotic community support. Gary was funny, candid, and occasionally blunt in his fierce efforts to do right by the Fort Benning community. He held us to a high standard, and the entire community owes him a debt of gratitude for his service. He will be missed both as a client and a friend. We've made a donation to the National Infantry Museum in his honor.

Sincerely,
Sal Nodjomian, Charlie Perham, and Matt Schwalb from
Matrix Design Group

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