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Ernest F. Jones Sr. (Fletcher) passed from earth to Heaven on November 6th. He began his journey in Malone, FL, a place he often referred to as LA. If you’re from there, you’ll know what it means. He married his sweetheart Pat and they were inseparable for well into 6 decades. He was a very proud Veteran, serving during the Korean War era and spoke often of his experiences in the Army. He was highly educated and received many accolades from the University of Life, a place he embraced and made many donations to, until his earthly Life was over. He began working full time around the age of 13 to support his family’s farm and spent much of his work life honing his many talents in the trades with the majority of his time and talents being dedicated to his position of Lead Painter at Sea World. Fletcher was blessed with a lengthy retirement that allowed him to renovate homes, build custom furniture, travel and spend countless hours with his family. He not only attended Church and was a Christian from an early age, he considered it a privilege and again used his talents to help maintain and improve the buildings and those around him as a teacher, a Deacon, a mentor and counselor.
Fletcher believed that quiet strength and faith in God was the measure of a man and he not only exemplified it, he lived it, every day. He would tell you that his number one priority in life was his family and he worked so hard to support every one of us in many different ways. We are many and we’ll wait behind only knowing where he is and that we’ll see him again one day.
When the time is right, we’ll have a celebratory gathering in honor of him. We’ll enjoy his favorite foods and listen to his favorite music. We’ll tell sweet and funny stories about the guy we called Honey, Daddy, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and Brother. He was a truly a Sweet Man!
If you are inclined to honor his memory in some way, we’d like to suggest your form of support go to Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Daytona Beach, specifically Team 214. The angels on this team cared for Pa in a merciful, loving way that we weren’t aware existed. They are, without a doubt, a rare and special group that Fletcher and his family grew to love and respect along the way.