Cadet Company: L2
Date of Birth: August 21, 1939
Date of Death: March 7, 2011 - View or Post a Eulogy
Allen Falconer Jones entered the arms of his Heavenly Father on Monday, March 7, 2011 in The Woodlands, Texas, with his family at his side.
Al Jones, affectionately called "Tap" by his family, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 21, 1939, son of Colonel Ralph Allen Jones and Miriam Hunter Jones.
Al graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1964, and received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. President of the Judo Club at West Point, he was commissioned in Armor following graduation, and immediately attended Airborne and Ranger training. Al's first assignment was in Mannheim, Germany, then on to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Following attendance at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Panama, Al moved into Military Intelligence and became proficient in Vietnamese at the Defense Language School at Fort Holabird, Maryland. During a year in Vietnam Al served as the Counterintelligence Section Chief and Executive Officer of the 101st Military Intelligence Detachment. Just prior to release from the service Al was stationed in Sunnyvale, California, and was listed for promotion to Major.
Travel and cultural experiences fed a lifelong love of fine food and wine, furnishings, and art. With his eye for detail and exquisite taste, Al personally designed and oversaw the building of three "dream" homes over the years for his family. With his hands he created pottery, ceramics, paintings, and drawings. An avid athlete, Al loved scuba diving, water and snow skiing, mountain biking, and running, and excelled in swimming as part of the US Master's Swimming organization.
Al Jones entered the business world as a partner at Booz Allen, and then in 1973 joined Hewitt Associates. As an early partner at Hewitt, Al made significant and lasting contributions and friendships throughout his 28 years with the firm. A consummate communicator, Al created and nurtured key client relationships in his role in Business Development at Hewitt. A respected leader and model character to many, Al taught others to challenge their thinking, and believe in themselves and their convictions. Al took great interest and tremendous pride in recruiting the best and brightest to Hewitt. He grew new talent and encouraged their success, lending life lessons still practiced today.
Al leaves many to cherish his memory, including wife Diane Jean Atkins and son Allen Kendall Jones "AJ", as well as loving daughter Stephanie Sexson Jones, son Hunter Frederick Jones, and their mother Linda Lee Winters. The family sends our deepest gratitude to Nury Chapa for her dedication to Al's life; to the caring staff of Odyssey House Hospice of Conroe; and to all of Al's friends who in these few years, days, and hours have expressed to us your finest memories of a man we will always love.
Our dashing, loving father, husband, friend, and mentor, we are all honored and blessed to have had you in our lives.
A Celebration of Al's life is set for 4:00 P.M., Thursday, March 10, 2011 at The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, 4881 West Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381.
Rather than customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that contributions in Al's name be directed to The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, 281-363-2040, Odyssey VistaCare Hospice Foundation (www.ovhf.org) or to the Alzheimer's Association Houston Chapter (www.alz.org/texas).