Admiral John Paul Jones Jr.
August 7, 1932 - August 2, 2013
John Paul Jones, Jr., retired Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, of Fernandina Beach, passed away on Friday afternoon, August 2, 2013 at the Baptist Medical Center Nassau. Admiral Jones was 80 years old.
Born in Brunswick, Glynn County, GA, he was the only child of the late U.S. Naval Captain John Paul Jones, Sr. and Sophie Lachlan Atwood Jones. After spending his formative years in Brunswick, his father's career as a Navy dentist moved the family to TX and CA before returning to GA. At that time and as a teenager, he enrolled at Georgia Military Academy in Milledgeville, GA where he graduated at the age of 16. He would later be admitted to the Naval Academy in Annapolis where he graduated in 1954 and received his commission as an Ensign. He met his future wife, Wynelle “Winkie” Fender, also of Brunswick, on St. Simons Island in 1949; they would marry on the day of his graduation from Annapolis. His career moved the newlyweds to San Diego, CA where their first child, John Paul III, was born in 1955. They then moved to Troy, NY, where he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in engineering. John Paul would later attend Stanford University and obtain his Masters degree in civil engineering. The Navy also sent him to study at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, and at Harvard Business School. While serving in Port Isabel, TX, a daughter, Julie Marsha, was born in 1960. Their third child, Karen Alison, was born in 1962 in Stanford, CA. Admiral Jones' career would take him to many other assignments in the U.S. and abroad, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Davisville, RI; the Presidential Retreat of Camp David, outside Thurmont, MD; Gulfport, MS; Da Nang, Vietnam; Charleston, SC; Alexandria and Norfolk, VA; and San Bruno, CA. While serving as the Commanding Officer at Camp David, John Paul and his family became personal friends with President Lyndon Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. His service in Vietnam included award winning leadership of Mobile Construction Battalion 62 of the Navy's Seabees. As Rear Admiral, John Paul achieved the highest rank in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps. The Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (GA) was developed under his leadership. He retired from active duty in Washington, DC in 1987 after 33 years of service.
The year following his retirement John Paul and Winkie moved to Fernandina Beach, FL where they built a home on Little Piney Island. In 2005 they moved to their home on Ameila Island. John Paul was an avid reader, enjoying international intrigue and espionage books as well as detective novels. He was an accomplished writer and enjoyed the game of golf.
After settling in Fernandina Beach, he and his wife became active members of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry and as church Treasurer.
He was the loving husband of Wynelle “Winkie” Fender Jones, for 59 years. He was a devoted father to John Paul Jones, III (Sallie Ann Marston), Tucson, AZ, two daughters, Karen Alison MacNair (Timothy John), Fernandina Beach, FL, and Julie Marsha Penton-McGurn (Edward McGurn), Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He also leaves behind a daughter-in-law, Eren Lynn McGinnis, seven grandchildren, Sophia “Sophie” Anaïs McGinnis Jones, Desmond Maxwell “Max” McGinnis Jones, Robert Paul Penton, Christine Alison Penton, Timothy John MacNair, Jr., Alison Nicole MacNair, Michael Lachlan MacNair, and a great grandson, Roberto Ivan Penton. John Paul also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and good friends whose lives he has touched.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach, with the Reverend Rector Stephen Mazingo, officiating.
Admiral John Paul Jones, Jr. will be laid to rest with Full Military Honors in St. Peter's Episcopal Cemetery.
His family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Oxley Heard Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the Jones Family requests that donations be made to either of the following: St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 www.stpetersparish.org or to CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 667, Gulfport, MS 39502 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat and Mary MahoneyOur prayers are with you Karen. Peace
Michael and Allison FenderOur thoughts and prayers are with you all. The world will not be the same without him. He was so kind and loving to us while we were in Jacksonville. We will see you in Fernandina. Much love, Michael and Allison
Cherie BrianteMy condolences to the family. You are my prayers
John Lundberg, Penni LeoOur condolences for your family.
Steven McNeal & Melissa PenaOur thoughts are with the family. John Paul was one of the most admirable men ever I've met. He will be missed greatly.
JoAnn & Brian MurphyKeeping your family in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Know in your hearts that he is at peace and each of you now have another guardian angel looking out for you.
Greg FenderI was always proud of my Uncle and his great accomplishments. My thoughts are with him and his family tonight.
Juliana FieldMy condolences at this time of loss and sadness. Admiral Jones was an extraordinary and accomplished individual who led a rich life, both personally and professionally. His many contributions will live on through his love for his family.
Jack and Robin BuffingtonDear Winkie and Family,Robin and I share in your loss of John Paul. We always had the greatest admiration for him and appreciated working for and with him over the years. He and I studied together the night before and took our PE exam in Richmond, VA. together in the spring of 1967. We would attend the funeral but my Mother passed away today and we are arranging for her funeral here in Oklahoma at the same time. God bless you and let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Love, Jack and Robin Buffington.
Matt CohrsI married into a great family sadly only only got to know John Paul for less than 5 years however in that time came to appreciate what an incredible man he was and the life he lived, I will miss the times and conversations.
Christa & Sean O'HearneYour father sounds like a wonderful man! Our prayers go out to you and your family.
Terry LukanicI did not have the honor of meeting Admiral Jones in person, however, the Admiral and I have been in email contact many times over the past few years as he assisted in my efforts to compile a book covering the Seabee Vietnam Era. Thankyou Admiral Jones for your help and advice.
Terry Lukanic EA2
Northern I Corps, RVN '69-'70
JB Hager USNRIP Sir meeting you was a career high for me as Seabee.
Chief Robert J. (Chuck) RileyAdmiral Jones was a great leader, a fine friend and will be missed by all who knew and served with him. May he rest in peace. Fair winds and following seas.
eacs Merv NenstielAlthough I never served under your command your reputation throughout the Seabee community was well knowm. Thank you for your service to our country as you go forth to serve in the kingdom of heaven. Wishing you fair winds and following seas.
Rose and Bill SlatteryWinkie,
John Paul held a special place in our hearts, truly a great man.
In Sympathy, Rose and Bill Slattery
Bill BaileyFair Winds and Following Seas, Admiral. Rest in Peace. My sincere condolences to the Jones family.
William F. "Bill/Beetle" Bailey
CWO5, CEC, USN (Ret)
Debby and Jay GreenWinkie, it was with great sadness that we learned of John Paul's passing this morning. As you are well aware, all those in the CEC/Seabee family who had the privilege of serving with John Paul held him in the highest regard. We all will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and we send our very best wishes. Debby and Jay
Ken and Ann VasilikDear Winkie and family: We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of John Paul. What a great individual he was. Knowing him from Davisville in the mid 60's to his time as Chief in '84 to '86, he was an exceptional leader, mentor and friend. Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Ken and Ann Vasilik
Sarah Jane MillerMy thoughts are with you all. I have so many fond memories of John Paul and Winkie from when we all were a family years ago. Love to you all.
Malcolm & Sharon DaveyDear Karen, Wishing you and your family lots of strength at this hard time. I wish we were there to give you a big hug. All our love Malc & Sharon.
Lt. Col George A. Baker III/IreneWinkie, JPIII, Karen & Julie,
Please accept our condolences on the loss of one of the best friends, and commanding officers, under which i ever served. JPJ was and remains one of the most important Seabees in American history. As well we can recall that he loved each of you as only an America hero can do so. My health will not allow me to travel. Please remember the Baker's to all our common friends. GAB III/VIB
Terry Braegger CMC Ret.I want to offer my deepest reguard & mourn the loss Of a GREAT MAN who set thee example for many of us seabees. We will miss him.
vernon abbottThank you for for your leadership and your committment,
MCB 62 - Danang
ted parks - builder cbsSorry for your loss. ex-nmcb 62. I did not serve with JPJ, but did hear about him and have friends that went on deployment under his command.
They had a lot of respect for their CO.
Vincent Del CasinoMy family and I want to send our deepest condolences to your family.
All our love,
Vincent, Catherine, Salvatore, and Cate
BUC(SCW) BrownAdmiral Jones was my first "King Bee" and everyone who knew him spoke of him with genuine admiration and respect. We are all better for having served with him and our nation and our CEC/Seabee Corps has his legacy that will never be forgotten. Stand down Admiral, your duty is done and you have earned your rest. We have the watch. Can Do Seabee!
EACFrank Pirrello Jr.Admiral Jones was a great and fair leader he made us all want to be better Seabees. I remember his speech at the 1998 MCB-62 reunion and he named the men of 62 that had been killed in Vietnam under his comand which brought tears to his eyes.He cared about his men which I am proud to be one of. EACPirrello
Judy & Bob QuinnWinkie and Family our prayers are with you as we send our condolences. We have many memories of John Paul and are saddened that he has left us.
Stephanie clifton & Nick ZervosOur thoughts and prayers are with all your family. May his memory be eternal. Much love to you all.
EA1 Donato A. De SantisAdmiral Jones always impressed me as a fine soldier and instillled in me the desire to emmulate him. While I served under him in Da Nang, I received a draft notice from the Italian Army. We had a laugh about it and the fact that I could not leave Viet Nam to go serve in Italy. Admiral Jones, rest in peace. Know you developed the "Can Do" spirit in a bunch of Seabees.
Michael MorrisonRest In Peace Admiral. A fine Naval Tradition. Hoo Rah, Semper Fi. From a Navy Seabee.
The Kendig FamilyWe are so sorry for your loss. May God help you in this difficult time. Our blessings and prayers are always with you.
Norm Hahn, NMCB 62 Alumni Group SecretaryMy Dear Mrs. Jones and Family,
On behalf of all the Minutemen of NMCB 62 please accept our most humble condolences on the passing of your Husband and Father.
He was a Seabee's Seabee and a good man.
We are all better people having known him.
Steve Kauffman, CDR CEC USNI guess resting in peace is OK for some, but I imagine John Paul will be enjoying watching his family and friends here and jawing with his friends and family in Heaven plus enjoying the joys in Heaven that are the rewards of having led a good life. God bless you JP.I hope to be joining you, but I'm in no hurry. Very respectfully, Steve
mike and lyda carricatoWinkie....You are in our prayers John Paul will surely be missed.
Richard Thorsten EQCM RetHe was a great man, very well liked and respected. He always did the right thing for his troops. He will be sorely missed.
Art CollinsI served as an enlisted man under Admiral Jones in H Co, MCB62 Vietnam. I had great respect for the Admiral and am truly sorry to learn of his passing. My prayers are with all his family. May God give you peace and comfort.
James E. Thomas NMCB 62I served under Admiral John Paul Jones as my CO in Vietnam, 1969. I had the privlege of speaking with him about a year ago regarding out tour in Vietnam. I told him I was proud to have served under him. I am also very proud of a picture that hangs in the Audiology Dept. of the Biloxi VA of John Paul Jones shaking my hand while awarding me a plaque for a job I had done along with Seabee of the month. Again I say I was proud to have served under him, and pround to say I know I will see him again someday in a better place. God Bless our greatest Seabee
Tawny L LochnerWhat an accomplished life. One must analyze how we live and try to measure up. My prayers go out to all his loved ones for comfort and peace. Sincerely, Tawny
Bob CravenI am deeply saddened to hear of John Paul's passing. He represented the best of America. His and Winkie's time as our neighbors on Little Piney will always be of good times shared. Melba and I were so proud to have their friendship. A man of service to country, community, and family.
Dave Newman MCB133RIP my Brother Seabee and combat vet.
Jarvis Wood-EQCM,Force MCPO of SeabeesIt was my distinct honor to serve under the
superb leadership of Admiral Jones on four occasions. Alpha Co. when he was a Lt in
Newfoundland, LCDR as XO in Gitmo, CDR as NMCB CO in Gulfport/Viet Nam and finally as RADM at NAVFAC. A great dedicated military leader and gentleman. My best wishes and sincere condolences to the Jones family.
condolences to all the Jones family
Lannie BrantI served with Admiral Jones on two tours in Viet Nam, in 1969 and 1970.
I am truly sorry for your lost. He was a great leader. We accomplished our missions with pride under his leadership.
Kenneth F PogueEOC USN Ret.Rest in peace Seabee. You will be missed.
David KampschmidtSo sorry for your loss, he had a great life.
Sylvia and KevinKaren - so sorry to hear of the lose of your father. No words can take away your sorrow. Remember him with a smile and treasure all your memories. Take care my dear friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.
Sylvia & Kevin
CE-PO3 Mike Coop, NCB-63He was a great Commanding Officer and a stand-up guy. My wife and I are so sorry for your loss.