James Harry Jones


1927 – 2014

Augusta—James Harry Jones, 87, of Litchfield, died at VA Togus Medical Center, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, with his wife and caregiver, Joline, by his side.

He was born in Saginaw, Mich., on Feb. 24, 1927. The son of James (J.I.) Ivy and Louanna (Baker) Jones, he lived was and raised in Midland, Mich.

Known to most as Harry, his long life included dabbling into many worthwhile adventures including the stock market. He attended Carpenter Street School in Midland for sixyears and then was selected to attend DOW Private School in Midland for two years, where he made many friends and some are still friends with Harry to this day. Harry has always commented that attending this private school was always a wonderful experience that he would never forget. This is where he learned to play the French horn and loved music. He also played at Midland High School and the Mid City Band. After graduation from DOW private school, he attended Midland High School where he played in the band and on the tennis team. He was also in the Latin, booster, tennis, band and athletic clubs, where he excelled in his studies throughout his school years. He was also VP of the band club. Harry graduated in 1945; he won a scholarship to attend Michigan State for two years and studied photography. He received another scholarship to attend Art Center School in Pasadena, Calif., for three years, where he studied photography under the guidance of Norman Rockwell and Ansel Adams. After completing five years of college, he enlisted in the Air Force for eight years from 1951 to 1958 and was stationed in Germany with the 3rd Radio Squadron as a cryptologist. He was hired from the Air Force for his seven years duration to be assigned as photographer. Upon his honorable discharge as staff sergeant from the Air Force, he started his own advertising photography studio in Dayton, Ohio, for five years. He owned and operated the High View Terrace Restaurant in Bellbrook, Ohio, and enjoyed meeting all different people including his working staff.

Woodworking was also a fascination for Harry. He has built many houses from scratch and has redone many others, including his own home, for which he had purchased a church and completely renovated the interior into his beautiful carpentry and spacious home. Always with his tools in hand, there was nothing he could not repair, and was never afraid to make it better than what it was. The stock market was his life, even up to his death; he enjoyed watching and playing in the stock market and knew the ins and outs of the market like the back of his hand. His hobbies included model trains, hunting and fishing with his father in Bay City, Mich. Boating was another adventure he enjoyed. He and his wife, Joline, had an ocean boat, until Harry could no longer handle the care of a boat. After selling the boat at the end of the summer season of 2007, Harry suffered a stroke in 2008 and from then on walking became a problem for him. So he enjoyed his quiet life at home reading.

While attending Michigan State, he played the French horn on the Spartan Football Field and was also a four-year sweater letterman on the tennis team and still has his sweater today. Growing up in Midland, the Joneses backyard was a place for the neighborhood kids to play baseball and shoot all of the Indians. He enjoyed spending his time in Bay City at the family cottage and his first job, at age 14 at Barringer’s Clothing Store in Midland as a sales clerk. He always enjoyed entering items he made for the Litchfield Fair and has won many blue ribbons. Laughter always abounded when playing cards or board games as he would always make up his own rules while playing along. He was a hard worker throughout his life, and would welcome a challenge he could not resist.

He leaves behind his wife, Joline T. (LeClair) (Brooks) Jones; his daughter Kathryn Marie (Jones) Kinsella and husband, Timothy of Downingtown, Pa., and their children, Karen (Kinsella) Jones and husband, Christopher, of California, Shannon (Kinsella) Diener and husband, Patrick Kinsella, and great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews across the country.

He also leaves behind his best friend after all these years from DOW Private School, Jack Thorsberg from Midland, Mich.

He was predeceased by his parents; three sisters, Carra (Jones) Smith and Arthur, Doris (Jones) Slight and Donald, Dorothy (Jones) Ovaitt and Stanley; and a daughter, Martha (Jones) Mckinney in 2005.