God’s Good and Faithful Servant, Daniel A. Jones, “100 years young”, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 5, 2023. He joins many that have loved him, and proceeded him, in Heaven.
Daniel (Dan), was known to many as the oldest male member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where he served and worshipped for many years. From Methodist Men, Lay Person, choir member, Sunday School teacher, and Red Bird and Disaster Relief ministries, Dan found his great purpose of serving God through this church.
Dan was also known as “Mister Boy Scout” for his 60 plus years of dedicated service to the organization. He took great pride in the successes of the young men that came through the program under his guidance, and he always hoped that they were aware of how much pride this gave him. As a Scouting Leader, Dan was recognized for his service in many ways including the Silver Beaver Award, one of the highest distinguished service awards in Scouting, Roland Palmer Outstanding award, and Scout Master of the year. Dan was an avid hiker, hiking much of the Appalachian Trail.
Dan was also a 32 Degree Master Mason for over seventy years, a member of the Shriners and the American Legion, and active with the Kiwanis Club of Sanford.
In addition to his service to his church and Scouting, Dan’s service to his community dates back many years. Born in McCall SC in 1922 to James and Christine Jones, he went on to serve as his high school’s Class President, Vice-President of his class at Wingate College, Game Warden, and City Councilman and Fire Chief for many years in his hometown. He served his country during WWII in the Pacific War Theater with the US Army Air Corp. During his service he became an accomplished Electrical Specialist for the Boeing B-29 Bomber.
Dan’s professional career included Electrical and General Contracting, Industrial Plant Management, and Professional Purchasing Manager. He retired from Boise Cascade in the mid 80’s as Regional Purchasing Manager with managerial responsibilities spanning their South-East US operations. He continued his career as a handy man doing electrical and carpentry work for many years after retirement.
In addition to his parents, Dan was predeceased in death by his first wife, Gertrude H. Jones and his second wife, Dorotha (Dot) Hardy-Jones, brother - Coleman Jones; stepdaughter’s Martha Ann Robertson, Elaine Arnold, Stepson, Richard (Lee) Hardy, and a multitude of extended family. All have surly welcomed him with open arms to Heaven.
Dan is survived by sons, Daniel (Danny) A. Jones Jr., David P. Jones (Cathy), and Daniel Franklin Jones. Dan was also most fortunate to have found a loving and supportive “Stepfamily” when he married Dot Hardy following the death of Gertrude. They include Stepson Bill Hardy, Stepdaughter, Nancy Hardy Wheeler (Randy), Jessie Summers, and niece, Carolyn Haynie. They, and their families, have provided love and support for many years.
Dan also leaves, to cherish his memory, his grand-children, Robbin Bryant (Jerry), Neil Robertson (Angie), George Robertson (Jill), Ben (Amanda) Jones, Shane Jones, Kacie Kennedy, AnnGayle Jones, Sara Hardy, Anna Hardy Minton, Scott Wheeler, Nathan Wheeler, Jet’aime Perreira-Hardy; Great Grand-Children Laurin Bryant, Courtney Bryant, Jake Bryant, James Robertson, William Robertson, Landon Robertson, and Zoe Minton.
Dan’s family wishes to extend a huge “thank you” to the staff of Parkview Retirement Center. Their love and care for Dan over the last year were greatly appreciated.
Services for Dan will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday April 10th at St. Luke United Methodist Church followed by a brief grave side service at Buffalo Cemetery. The family will greet friends in the Ladies Parlor beginning at 1:00 pm Monday.
In lieu of flowers, Dan’s wishes were for your support of the St. Luke UMC Foundation. Contributions can be mailed to 2916 Wicker St., Sanford NC 27330.