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Part 1 of 2:Hardy Jones, Veteran US Navy (128-19) 20 JUL 19

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Part 1 of 2:Hardy Jones, Veteran US Navy (128-19) 20 JUL 19

Post by sgtmack » 14 Jul 2019, 04:23

US NAVYThe family of Mr. Hardy Lee Jones, a US Navy Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.

WEATHER: Hi 102 / Lo 74, 0% Chance of Rain, 47% Humidity

REQUESTOR: Donna Thoene, Daughter

STAGING: 0900 Hours, Saturday, July 20, 2019
First Baptist Church
108 FM 108
Smiley, Texas 78159

BRIEFING: 0915 Hours

SERVICE: 1000 Hours
First Baptist Church
108 FM 108
Smiley, Texas 78159

RC: Lisa “Fancy Pants” Menard

FC: Don “Chappy” Ingram


We will meet the Jones Family and will be escorting the Hero and his daughter Donna Thoene to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

WEATHER: Hi 100 / Lo 74, 0% Chance of Rain, 45% Humidity

STAGING: 1115 Hours, Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Buc-ee’s – South Parking Lot
2760, I-35
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

KSU: 1145 Hours (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT: 1315 Hours Shelter #2
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209

RC: Michael “Twin Tower” Roberts

FC: Don “Chappy” Ingram

Hardy Lee Jones, 1-8-1942 ~ 6-2-2019
Hardy is survived by his daughter Donna Sue Thoene – Her daughters Lauren Stanton and Shelby Ohman Two great grandchildren Charles and Odin Ohman. His son Darron Lee Jones and wife Rhonda – Grandson Anthony Jones – Great Grandson Hunter and 17 other grandchildren and great grandchildren. His sister Ann Sthele of Llano
Preceded in death by his father William (Bill) Lee Jones, his mother Marth Gilmore, his stepmother, who raised him Ella Jones, His Brother William Lee Jones Junior and His sister Dottie Kelly.
Hardy was born in Seabrook Texas on January 8, 1942, a birthdate he proudly shared with Elvis and always said, “all the great singers are born on that day”! He excelled in school and won many awards for Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and Woodworking. He worked many places such as the Austin Power Plant, Hobart, Marriott and others. As a child his family moved around a lot, but he made friends everywhere he went. His father raised fryers for a while and he always said that’s why he hated to eat chicken because he had to get up every morning before school and go get, and clean, and refill every waterer without waking up the birds. Hardy was the Navy from 8/9/1961 thru 8/9/1966 and traveled to Greece, Italy and all over the Mediterranean and brought home many mementos to share from his travels. He was a master woodworker and built or refinished many beautiful pieces of furniture over the years with just basic hand tools. He loved to tinker with anything mechanical and could fix most anything with scraps found around the house. He prided himself on always making something from nothing and said, some people see trash and I see potential. Anyone that entered his home saw the big white boat he made…and he gladly told the story of himself, a bored little boy of 8 or 9 that wanted a toy boat, so he made himself one from apple crates he found behind the grocery store. It was truly professional quality. Darron also loved that boat and survived the wrath of spankings from a mad father every time he was caught playing with it through the years…which was many times.
His sister Dottie lived in Georgia and he always enjoyed talking to her and singing with her. His sister Ann and her family lived in Llano and he used to visit often and drove with Ann several time to Mexico to visit her daughter Becky and her children Pancho and Gloria. He had several pictures of them displayed in his home along with souvenirs from his visits. He had a story for each item and picture and loved talking about his time there with Ann, Becky and the kids.
Music was a true passion he inherited from his father. William Jones passed the love and talent of music to his children and they could all sing and play. He could play guitar and loved to play for anyone who would listen, and later in life he really enjoyed Karaoke and singing to crowds. Sadly, with lung disease your air is taken away and the last few years he could rarely sing but he still played his guitar.
Hardy loved his church and church family. He was sad when he could no longer attend church, so everyone just came to visit him at home. He was so excited when the church ladies would bring food on holidays or potluck days and he bragged we have the best cooks in the state!
His three grandchildren called him Papa Hardy and he was so proud of them all. He had many photos of them all over his house and loved to talk to them and hear about what was going on in their lives. He was very excited about his two great grandsons from Shelby Ohman and a great grandson from Anthony and had a photo album full of pictures of them kept on his coffee table.
Hardy passed away on June 4, 2019 in his home in Smiley. His children tried to get him to relocate closer to them, but he refused. He always said, this is my home, I have my church here and many friends. I am happy here just please let me stay. He had many nurses that checked on him and helped him with chores through the week. Every nurse was considered a friend or family and he treated them as such. Sometimes he napped during their visits and that was ok too. He never locked his door and day or night anyone could come visit and he had many visitors every day! So many people stopping by or bringing food or groceries. Some showed up with a “how do I fix this “question or just to sit a visit. His days were full of friends and family and the front door could have just been a revolving door for visitors. As his health faded, he worried more about his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Always changing the subject from himself to keeping track of how the rest of the family was doing.
Hardy had accepted the Lord as his savior and knew his journey to heaven would be “worth the wait” as he put it. He said I hope I have a guitar there and plan to keep the choir going. I know my father has joined the celebration with his parents, brother and sister and a host of friends from the years. I know there is laughter and singing and he is happy and pain free.
And who knows, the pearly gates may be in need of rebuild or repair so he may be hard at it on his new project. Scouring the heavens for materials to make new parts. But I guarantee there is a spring in his step, a smile on his face and a song in his heart.

1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.

5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below. Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards. Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way. Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223

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