Col. David G. Jones
New Bern, N.C. — Col. David Graham Jones, USMC (Ret.), 92, of New Bern, N.C. and formerly of Tenants Harbor, died Thursday, July 31, 2014.
He was born in Newark, N.J. Sept. 22, 1921, to the late Edward Wilmerton Jones and Catherine Cousins Jones of East Orange, N.J. He was predeceased by his sisters, Nancy Jones and Margaret Jones McNaughton.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the Second World War and was commissioned as a second lieutenant before war’s end. David served for 31 years in the Marine Corps. His career spanned World War II, Korea, and Vietnam finishing as the chief of Amphibious Operations, Southern Europe, at NATO headquarters in Naples, Italy. David’s military decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star. Upon his retirement from the USMC, he worked as the office administrator at the law firm of Gunster, Yoakley, and Stewart, P.A. in Palm Beach, Fla.
David and his wife, Flo, retired to New Bern where he was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, the US Naval Institute, and the Marine Corps League. He volunteered regularly at the Retired Activities Office, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
David is survived by his wife of nearly 69 years, Flo Haupt Jones of New Bern, N.C.; daughters, Nancy Beth Jones of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Leslie Jones Green of New Bern, N.C.; Laura Jones Poland, and husband Charles, of Carmel, Ind.; and his son, Peter David Jones, and wife Alberta, of Juneau, Alaska. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of New Bern with Pastor William L. Hawkins officiating. The family will receive friends in the Session House following the service. Inurnment, with full military honors, will take place at a future date at Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, VA.
Memorials, in David’s name, may be made to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, PO Box 1069, New Bern, NC 28563, or Wounded Warrior Project, 4200 Morganton Road, Suite 300, Fayetteville, NC 28314.Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit pollockbest.com.
Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Jones family.