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Frank Cater Jones 1925-2012
Frank Cater Jones 1925-2012


Frank Cater Jones, age 87, died at his home in Macon, Georgia on August 29, 2012, following a lengthy illness.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Annie Anderson Jones, and by four children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Mr. Jones was born in Macon on June 19, 1925.  His parents were Charles Baxter and Carolyn Cater Jones.  They and his two older siblings, Charles Baxter Jones, Jr., and Roberta Hardeman Jones James, predeceased him. 

He was educated in the public schools of Bibb County and graduated from Lanier High School.  As a teenager, he was very active in scouting, and became an Eagle Scout.

During World War II, he served for three years in the United States Naval Reserve, including a period of about a year near the war’s end as a member of the original crew of the USS Midway, CVB-41.  He remained in the Naval Reserve for several years after the war ended and was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.

 He received an undergraduate degree from Emory University, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and the chapter head during his senior year.  Thereafter, he graduated from The Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, and while there served as editor in chief of the Law Review.

Mr. Jones practiced law in Macon from 1950 to 1977 with the firm now known as Jones, Cork & Miller, LLP that was established in 1872 by his great grandfather, Isaac Hardeman, and where his grandfather, George S. Jones, and his father also practiced.  During that time, he was active in civic, community, educational and charitable organizations, including being campaign chairman and president of the United Givers Fund, and president of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, among others.  He was president of The Idle Hour Club when the present clubhouse was completed in 1967. 

Believing that lawyers have an obligation to contribute to their profession and to the public by helping to improve the administration of justice, he was active throughout his career in local, state and national legal organizations.  He served as President of the Macon Bar Association, the Younger Lawyers Section of the Georgia Bar Association, and the State Bar of Georgia.  He was a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association for 22 years.

In 1977, Frank Jones accepted an invitation to become a partner in the firm of King & Spalding, LLP, and he and his wife moved to Atlanta and lived there for about 25 years until his retirement when they re-established their residence in Macon.  He became “of counsel” to Jones, Cork & Miller, LLP and this relationship continued until his death.

He was invited to become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he was elected as its President in 1993.  In that capacity, he was a member of the U. S. team of 12 lawyers and judges (including three Supreme Court justices) who participated in the Anglo-American Legal Exchange, with a comparable group of judges and lawyers from the United Kingdom, that took place in successive years in London and Washington.  He was also invited to join the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. 

In recognition of his service to the profession and the community, he received a number of awards, including the Distinguished Service Award of the State Bar of Georgia, an Award for Leadership from the Atlanta Bar Association, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Walter F. George School of Law, and an award from B’nai B’rith.  He received an honorary Doctor of Law Degree from both Mercer University and Wesleyan College.  In 1998, the Georgia Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives named him as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in recognition of his commitment to numerous charitable causes.  

From 1995 until his death, he chaired the Bar Center Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.  The State Bar acquired the former Federal Reserve building on Marietta Street in Atlanta and converted it to a headquarters and continuing education center, that is recognized today as being one of the most outstanding such facilities in the nation.

He performed pro bono service for the State of Georgia in a variety of ways, including chairing The Great Park Authority (which assisted in the location of The Carter Center), and Georgia Public Broadcasting (the entity responsible for public TV and radio in our state); and he was appointed as Special Attorney General representing the State of Georgia in healthcare litigation.

While in Atlanta, he chaired the Carlos Museum of Emory University; headed up the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra League; was a long time member of the Board of Trustees of The Carter Center; and was a director of the Commerce Club.

He was a lifelong member of Vineville United Methodist Church, Macon, and was one of the teachers of the George S. Jones Bible Class for a period of 60 years.  From time to time, he was vested with other responsibilities, including chairing the administrative board and the board of trustees, and heading up several capital campaigns.

For more than 40 years he was a trustee of Wesleyan College, serving as board chair for six years, and he was an emeritus trustee at the time of his death.  He was also formerly an active trustee of Emory University and was an emeritus trustee when he died.  In 2011 he was elected a trustee of Mercer University.

His family had a long lasting relationship with The Methodist Home for Children and Youth that dated back to its founding.  Mr. Jones was a trustee of the Home for many years.

Annie and Frank Jones had a close knit family that often gathered together to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other events, in various places, including at Cashiers, North Carolina where they had a vacation home.

Mr. Jones had a strong interest in history.  He became active in the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, DC and he served as president for six years ending in 2008, following which he became president emeritus.  The Society named after him a reenactment series that features the oral reargument of important U. S. Supreme Court decisions of the past.

For many years, he was a member of a group known as the Palaver Club (one of several in Macon) that meets monthly for dinner and discussion of a wide variety of topics.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Jones is survived by four children: Eugenia Jones Henderson (Mrs. Samuel J. Henderson); Annie Gantt Jones Blattner; Carolyn Jones Corley (Mrs. James W. Corley, III); and Frank C. Jones, Jr.; by seven grandchildren, Ramsey Henderson Bridges (Mrs. Alvin Lester Bridges, III), Samuel James Henderson, Jr.,  Mary Elizabeth Rossetti, Annie Eugenia Rossetti, James W. Corley IV, Carolyn Cater Corley, and Lily Rebecca Blattner; and by one great granddaughter, Eugenia Roberta Bridges.

A funeral service will be held at Vineville United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 1st at 11:00 a.m., with Dr. Marcus Tripp presiding.  Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery will be private.  The family will greet friends following the private graveside at the Christian Life Center at Vineville United Methodist Church.  There will be a visitation period on Friday, August 31st, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hart’s at the Cupola, 6324 Peake Road.

 In lieu of flowers, persons who wish to do so are invited to make contributions either to Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, Georgia, 31204, or to The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, 304 Pierce Avenue, P. O. Box 2525, Macon, Georgia, 31203-2525.

Register online at www.hartsmort.com.

           Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory at the Cupola has charge of arrangements.


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