Emory Jones was born Jun 27, 1921, at Walker Creek, Lafayette County, Florida,(the 6th of 9 children) to Roy Pasco and Annie (Fletcher) Jones. His education was at Walker Creek and behind the back side of a mule.
Emory was a joke, a clown, always having fun with his family and friends. He courted Hettie Copeland in 1941 but married her school friend, Gladys Jerrells from the First District of Dixie County on May 23, 1942. He would ride his horse from Hatchbend, on the old River Road to court the Dixie County girls. His cousin and friend, Daniel Newbern, helped them run away across the Suwannee River to Trenton, Gilchrist County, Florida , for the night time wedding at the Judge's home.
The next year, in March, Emory and Gladys had a stillborn son who is buried at Rock Sink Baptist Cemetery in the Jerrells plot. Then in Aug. 1944, their daughter , Betty , was born. The young family lived on the Sims place in the river swamp of Hatchbend and share cropped until the great flood of 1948, when they were forced to move out. Betty being only 4 years old at that time can well remember moving out in a small wooden boat and getting lost. Emory had helped her into the boat and stuck her doll into the wire fence by it's head and "forgot" . Upon returning to retrieve the doll, they were lost except to eventually find their way by a leaning tree. They only stayed in Hatchbend a short time until moving on to Orlando to be near Aunt Johnnie and Uncle Emory Clark.
By 1950, Emory and Gladys was expecting again, this time, a boy who would be named Marcus Emory. Emory and Gladys seperated on New Years eve and Mark was born one week later on Jan 6, 1951, in Live Oak. They were divorced about 18 months later.
Emory chose to remain in Orlando while Gladys and the children came back home to the farm on the north side of Cow Pond in Dixie County. Emory had a good job by now with the state of Florida Hospital, which at that time was a T.B. hospital. Later, it was closed and made a State Mental Retardation Hospital called Sunland. He stayed there until his retirement.
Emory married second Margaret MacFadden in the late 1950's and they adopted a son , Wayne Emory, in the early 1960's.
Early Wednesday morning, July 18, 1984, Emory launched his 14 ft. Malibu fishing boat in the southern portion of Lake Butler in southwest Orange County, putting out his catfish lines. Soon after 8 a.m. two other fishermen noticed the boat circling and made the 911 call, Emory was found about a quarter-mile from the south shore. He had minor cuts and bruises on his left hand and a cut lip, indicating he may have slipped, struck the boat, then fell out. Upon further investigation, it was noted that the swivel seat had broken from underneath when he sat down on it, throwing him out of the boat.
A visitation was held on Thursday night at the Daniel's Funeral Home in Branford, FL. Emory would have gotten a 'good chuckle' from the sight of both his former wives, standing over his casket, holding hands and crying!
The funeral service was held on Friday evening, July 20, 1984, at Walker Creek Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. T. W. Bollmann, from Twin Lakes, GA., and Rev. Larry C. Newbern from Hatchbend Apostolic Church officiating. The text of Pastor Bollmann was taken from 11 Samuel 24:14, "And David said unto God, I am in a great strait; let us fall into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great; and let me not fall into the hand of man" Music was by Mrs. Pat Bollmann with "One Life to Live" and by Emory's granddaughter, DeAnna Hicks, "Leaving On My Mind".
Pallbearers were his cousins and friends: Fred Lindsey, Harold Lindsey, Daniel Newbern, Jimmy Swafford, Billie George Dees and Dewitte Arnold.
Gladys Jerrells Goodson
1926–2004 (m. 1942)