Ralph Jackson Jones
April 24, 1931 – July 12, 2014
Ralph Jackson Jones, 83, of Orlando, passed away July 12, 2014. Born in Hartwell, GA on April 24, 1931 to Irwin and Ella Jones. He was raised in Winter Garden and moved to Orlando in 1954. Ralph was employed by Orange County Property Appraiser’s Office for 32 years. Ralph is survived by his wife Norma Jean of 59 years; son, Keith, daughter-in-law, Chris; 6 grandchildren, Tommy, Jennifer, Kimberly, Bryan, Jessyca, and Rachel; and 4 great grandchildren, Alea, Elijah, Evan and Dalton. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Irma and Rosalee; 2 sons, Mark and Craig and 1 great grandson Ethan. Ralph’s hobby was woodworking and building furniture for friends and family. Funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 19 at 11am with Pastor Mike Brewer and Brother John Boone officiating at Baldwin Fairchild Ivanhoe Chapel, 301 NE Ivanhoe, Blvd., Orlando. Visitation for friends will be held from 10am till time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Victory Baptist Church in Apopka or a favorite charity in Ralph’s name.
- Visitation Saturday, July 19, 2014
- Funeral Service Saturday, July 19, 2014
Ralph Jackson Jones
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July 20, 2014
In recent years, a handful of Norma's classmates from Winter Park High School would gather regularly for dinner, often at our nostalgic Dubsdread Country Club where we held our prom dance over 60 years ago. Of course, Norma has never changedâ€”she's always been the sweetest and most loving friend. We all came to further know and love Ralph during these happy get-togethers. Some of us would also visit Ralph and Norma at their home in the North Carolina mountains. We develop quite a bond over these recent years, especially with Ralph and Norma having to go through the loss of their two sons and grandson.
On visits to our home, Ralph would mention that my wife Pat's collection of figurines was gathering dust. In a day or two, he would bring over a beautiful, hand made curio cabinet. That was just Ralph's way of telling friends he appreciated them. Strong-willed, extremely talented, brilliant, a perfectionist, a bit of a cynic, but at the same time one of the funniest guys I have known. Ralph loved to jokeâ€”and he had hundreds of delightful stories.
But Ralph was also very loving and kind to so many folks. He was a kind of wholesome, true man that we might have met in an earlier century in this country. Ralph was special and we probably won't be seeing much of his kind in the future. His was a class act.
July 19, 2014
Norma, Keith and the whole family, Monte and I are saddened by the passing of Ralph. He was truly a southern gentleman. We will miss him greatly. He always had a cute joke to tell at our Class dinners.
I'm sure you have many wonderful memories of your life together.
We are here for you and definitely will keep you in our prayers. May Blessings come to you and your family. Love, Monte and Rose Marie
July 18, 2014
His beautiful smile every time he came into the bank on Friday evenings. Back in the 60's and 70's we knew everyone in Winter Park and Norma Jean was always a favorite friend. There is another bright star in the heavens tonight. Love to all the family. Gail and Sandy Chandler.