Lawrence Earl Jones, 95, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021, after a short illness. He was born on April 20, 1925, in Pensacola, Florida.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of almost 75 years, Billie Jean Clark Jones of Gainesville, who grew up just doors from his childhood home in Pensacola. Upon graduation from Pensacola High School he entered the U.S. Navy and served overseas in WWII. The two enjoyed a long mail correspondence and they married shortly after his return.
Both attended and graduated from the University of Florida. After graduation, he taught a short time in Marianna before returning to Gainesville to spend his career as a USF&G Insurance Area Manager. He retired to travel and garden, follow golf on TV after he could no longer hit the course, and cheer on the Gators.
Mr. Jones was predeceased by his parents, Fulda and Lawrence Jones Sr., both of Pensacola.
He is survived by four sons, Lawrence A. (Harriet) , Kenneth (Gwen), Jerry (Pam) and Grady (Lou) Jones; seven grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Services are private and will be held at Payne’s Prairie Conservation Center on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES
311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com