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Loern Willard JonesMay 31, 1924 ~ July 7, 2017 (age 93)
Loern Willard (Dick) Jones
Born May 31, 1924 – died July 7, 2017
Cow Creek, Florida (between Maytown, FL and Osteen, FL)
One of five children born to Preston Harley Jones and Sula Moore Jones, Dick was their youngest and only surviving child. He married Alfrey Seagraves on June 7, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia. They were married 69 years and have four children: Diane Jones Dean (John), Atlanta, GA; Cheryl Lynn Pell, Osteen, FL; Loern Thomas Jones (Cynthia), Crystal River, FL; Dennis Alan Jones (Tamara), South Daytona, FL. They have 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Dick was a WWII Army veteran, serving in the Philippines at the close of the war with Japan. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 62, Sanford, FL, achieving the distinction of a 32nd degree Mason.
Dick retired from Florida Power Corporation after 38 years. For a number of years, he was the IBEW representative from the Enterprise power plant. He happily moved on to his second career and embraced his love for the land by raising beef cattle for the next thirty years at Cow Creek. He continued to own and care for the property where he was born, perpetuating the legacy handled down to him by his father. This property is one of a very few in Florida that has been continuously owned by the same family for over 100 years.
A service honoring his life will be held at the Osteen Baptist Church with burial to follow at the Osteen Cemetery on Monday, July 9th at 2 pm. The family will receive friends from 3 – 6 pm on Sunday afternoon at Gramkow Funeral Home in Sanford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.