Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Funeral services for Hugh Martin Jones, 89, of Thomasville, Ga., was Sunday, Dec. 21, at Cox-Ware Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Crapps officiating.
Interment followed at Hawthorne Cemetery in Grady County.
Born in Grady County on Nov. 30, 1919, Mr. Jones died at Plantation Manor in Thomasville, Ga. He lived in Bainbridge until the 1950s when he moved to Atlanta and then to Merritt Island, Fla.
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Mr. Jones was a retired engineering contractor, who had worked with NASA in the 1950s building parts for the space exploration program. He built parts for the first U.S. man-made object to orbit the earth and continued to build parts for every Space Shuttle and rocket until his retirement in 1996, when he moved to Thomasville.
He served in U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Jones worked with the C.C.s in Bainbridge and moved to Atlanta to work in an airplane factory.
He was past president of the Merritt Island Lion’s Club. Mr. Jones was a member of the Dawson Street Baptist Church in Thomasville. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille Holt Jones.
He is survived by his second wife, Ann Baxley Monk Jones of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sisters, Jeanette Housnik of San Diego, Calif., and Joan Cole of San Antonio, Texas; a step-daughter, Agatha Cannon of Tallahassee, Fla.; a special friend, Virginia Brock of Bainbridge; and several nieces and nephews.
Cox-Ware Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.