James Walker Jones
January 22, 1933 – March 30, 2021
January 22, 1933 - March 30, 2021
James Walker Jones, age 88, of Orange Park, FL, peacefully passed away on March 30, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.
Walker was born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Taliaferro Jones of Holly Springs, Mississippi. After Walker graduated from Holly Springs High in 1951, he enlisted and served in the United States Army as part of the Medical Corps. He is a Korean War veteran. After being honorably discharged, Walker attended Memphis State College. Upon graduation, he began his life-long career in the oil business that started with Humble Oil Company, which became Exxon Corporation. He met his wife, Helen Ruth (Pete) Barnes Jones, in East Tennessee and raised his family in Florida.
Walker was a loving husband and devoted father to four daughters. He was a devout Christian and a Pinewood Presbyterian Church member, where he was an ordained elder and deacon. He was also an active member of his community, was a passionate patriot, an avid golfer, and loved hunting and fishing. He was a long-standing member of the Rotary Club, where he served as a past president and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow.
He could fill a room just by walking into it and would charm every person present. He always had a good story and could spin a tale for hours to entertain. He loved to sing and play the guitar and was known for serenading his girls with a classic rendition of "Moon River." It was not unusual at the Jones house for Walker and Pete to entertain the girls by turning up the radio and dancing the jitterbug in the living room to celebrate a Friday night.
During his retirement, he enjoyed tending to his garden, birds, and squirrels, but most of all, he enjoyed visiting with friends and family.
He is survived by his daughters, Holly Jones Jamerson (husband Russell Jamerson and daughter Leah), Tracy Jones (husband Alex Smith), Paige Oslowski (daughters Lorelei and Lili Kai), and Shannon Jones Kontinos (husband Dean Kontinos and children Athens and Sophia Walker).
There will be a private memorial service for the immediate family. Arrangements will be made under the direction of Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, Orange Park, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Haven - Custead Hospice Care Center, 745 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32065 (904) 213-2506, or to a charity of choice.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com for the JONES family.
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James Walker Jones
April 7, 2021
Mr. Jones was my neighbor. He was the sweetest and most knowledgeable man. I stopped and talked to him almost every day while he would be out working in his yard. I used to joke that I was adopting him as my grandpa as well. He will be missed dearly!! I am so sorry for yalls loss. He was a great man
Elaine Seale Williams
April 2, 2021
Walker grew up down the street from me. Laralei, his sister, was my very best friend. The Jones children and Seale children played together all the time. We have so many fond memories of riding horses, playing in the hayloft of their barn, night time games with the neighborhood, roller skating, etc. Walker was truly a charmer and all the older high school girls flirted with him. Even though he was like a brother to me, I adored him. He loved to dance and at every school dance, he was dancing with someone until the last dance ended the party. I don't ever remember Walker being angry. He always had a smile, was so much fun to be around. Walker will be missed by so many friends. Prayers for his beautiful daughters and his brother and sisters. Elaine
April 1, 2021
Walker and Pete were our wonderful friends in Park West. We lived across the street from each other and enjoyed beautiful times together. We each were blessed with four beautiful daughters and had so much more in common. Walker and I were fishing buddies and we spent many a day together at Rodman Reservoir, and the St. John’s River talking about and solving the problems of the day. We managed to get in a few jokes and tall tales on every trip. I can still hear his special laugh. Walker taught me how to be a better husband, father, and Christian. He loved his family and the Lord. He was so proud of Pete and his daughters in every way. We moved to Atlanta in 1984 but managed an occasional visit and a few fishing trips along the way. I’ll miss my old buddies emails and phone calls, but I’ll also take comfort knowing that he’s up there again dancing the jitterbug with his favorite partner Pete.
Rest In Peace My Friend, Joe.