H. I. “Ish” Jones, educator, mentor and leader in Floyd County for more than 60 years, has died.

H. I. “Ish” Jones, educator, mentor and leader in Floyd County for more than 60 years, has died.

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Mr. Harold Ishmael “Ish” Jones died at his residence on August 20, 2021. He was born January 18, 1927, in Birmingham, Alabama, grew up in Dekalb County, Ala., and graduated from Ider High School in Ider, Ala. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture in 1949 from Berry College. He received a Master’s degree and a Specialist in Education degree from the University of Georgia. He was drafted and served in the army from 1952-54.

Mr. Jones spent his career in education, teaching agriculture in the Veteran Farm Training program in Dekalb County for four years and teaching math and chemistry at Armuchee High School for three years before moving to Lindale in 1957. He taught vocational agriculture at Pepperell High School for 29 years until his retirement in 1986. After retiring from teaching, he joined the J. L. Todd Auction Company as a salesman for over 20 years. He served as president of the Floyd Country Farm Bureau for 19 years, from 1987 to 2005. He was a member and former advisor of the Floyd County Young Farmers, an adult education program he started in 1972. He was a member of the Floyd County Cattlemen’s Association and had operated a beef cattle operation for almost 40 years. He also served as president of the Retired Georgia Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association.

Mr. Jones was named Teacher of the Year in Agriculture in Georgia in 1975, Teacher of the Year in Floyd County in 1982, and Educator of the Year in 1986 by the Georgia Vocational Association. In 2000 he was inducted as a charter member into the Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Georgia Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association serving as Vice President and Executive Secretary for four years. He was a member of the National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (NVATA) and served as Vice President of Region V from 1972 to 1975.

He was married to Frances, and they had three children, Harold, Joy, and Jane, and two grandchildren. Mr. Jones was a beloved member of the Lindale Community and served as Grand Marshal for the 5th Annual Lindale Independence Day Celebration Parade in 2018.
Thanks to Lindale ‘Mayor’ Tim Reynolds for information and photos.

Obituary:

Mr. Harold Ishmael “H.I.” Jones, age 94, of Silver Creek, GA, passed away Friday evening, August 20, 2021, at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church.  The Rev. Ted Fuller and the Rev. Mark Detweiler will officiate.  Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting full military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 5 until 8 p.m.  Masks are recommended for the visitation and the funeral service.

 


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