TUSCALOOSA | Hermon M. Jones, age 89, of Tuscaloosa, died September 20, 2014. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Tori Hastings officiating and Ken Smith delivering the Eulogy. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with a military presentation by the American Legion. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Jones attended Tuscaloosa County High School, where he played football under Coach Adrian McKenzie. Jones was a veteran of World War II, stationed in Japan after VJ day. He worked as a millwright at Gulf States and U.S. Steel.
He was a member of the Holt United Methodist Church, where he and his younger son helped set up a memorial library in honor of his late wife. He also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) local chapter. Jones was an avid University of Alabama and Coach Bryant fan and was rarely seen without an Alabama cap or Houndstooth hat.
Known by his friends and pool buddies as "The Hermonator," Jones was an ace with a pool cue as well as a masterful domino player. He had an extraordinary memory for faces and names, and never seemed to meet a stranger. His favorite place to eat was the Southland restaurant, where he "worked the room" like an official greeter or host.
He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Lee Jones; his mother, Ruby Daffron Jones; siblings, William Holiday "WH" Jones, Mary Frances Jones, Ruby Edna Hardin, Octavia Porter, and Alma Ruth McCullum; his wife of 54 years, Mary Beth Rollo Jones; daughter, Vanessa Jones and special friend, Louise Hobson.
Survivors include sister, Mildred Fielder; sons, Keith M. Jones of Washington D.C. and Jon Jones of Cottondale and daughter-in-law, Pamela Jones; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Andy Williams and Jim Green.
Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Smelley, Jim Harkins and members of the Duncanville Supper Club.
The family is grateful to Kathryn Amir for her care and attention over the past several months.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Sept. 24, 2014
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