Fred Oscar Jones, a native of Tulsa, OK and a resident of Baldwin County, AL, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at the age of 90.
Fred attended Baylor University and graduated from Tulsa University. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1955 and returned to Tulsa and met his future wife, Margaret Harris, at Boston Avenue Methodist Church. Margaret’s father, Rev. J.C. Harris, performed the ceremony.
Fred worked with various companies (including Proctor & Gamble) in product and sales management and spent several years in the Incentive/Motivation business. He eventually relocated from Edina, Minnesota to Sarasota, FL and shifted his career to commercial real estate development, primarily in Tampa, FL. He ended his career as the General Manager of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He was responsible for selling 60,000 acres of land the Foundation owned, primarily in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
Fred was a Bible scholar, loved the Lord, and enjoyed choral music and performed as a choir member and soloist in churches and community choral groups. He sang for many years with the Master Chorale (Florida Orchestra) in Tampa.
Fred is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Jones, brother, Clyde Jones and his sister, Doris Phillips. He is survived by his children, Laura (Jeff) Nobles and Stephen (Dori) Jones; grandchildren, Sarah Nobles Klopman, Kevin Jones and Elizabeth Jones; and one brother, Bruce Jones.
A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 860 N. Section Street in Fairhope, AL, on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 11AM. Interment will take place at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to St. James Episcopal Church Music Program or Spanish Fort United Methodist Church.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, Al, is assisting the family.