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Everett Hale Jones

On Friday July 3, 2020, Everett “Hale” Jones of Timonium, MD, formerly Smithtown, NY and Hershey, PA, passed away at the age of 88. Hale was the beloved husband of the late Gloria Jones (nee Dupler); devoted father of Vicki Raspino and husband Ray of Southport, NC, Dennis Jones of San Diego, CA, Rodney Jones of Reading, UK and Cheri Wheeler and her husband Bob of Cockeysville, MD; loving grandfather of Brian Raspino, Emily Wheeler and Robbie Wheeler; dear brother of the late Tom Jones of Dillsburg, PA. 

Hale was born in Lancaster, PA in 1932. After losing his father at a young age, he and his brother Tom attended the Milton Hershey School for Boys. It is there where he found his love of writing and was affectionately known by his classmates as “Scoop” Jones. He went on to graduate from Hershey Jr. College and Boston University. While in Boston, he and Gloria began their family as he went to school and started his career as a rookie newspaper reporter. After finishing his bachelor’s degree at Boston University, Hale studied and worked in the public relations department of Cornell University before taking on a PR role with the Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corp. (VC) and moved his family to Richmond, VA. 

Hale’s greatest past times were politics and baseball. While in Richmond, Hale, only in his 20s at the time, helped to build the Republican Party base in the state of Virginia, running twice for the  Virginia House of Delegates on the newly established Republican ticket, losing by a very small margin both times. In the late 1960s, after VC was acquired by Mobil Oil, Hale was offered a position at Mobil’s global headquarters in New York City, home of his beloved Yankees.  Then he and his family moved to Long Island, NY where he and Gloria stayed until 2013. Despite a daily two-hour commute and a rigorous travel schedule, he still pursued his love of politics, taking an active role with the Smithtown Republican Committee. Hale left Mobil in the late 70s to start his own PR firm (E. Hale Jones Associates) and later his own publishing company (Circa Communications, Ltd.), which published, among other things, the Long Island Financial Advisor.   

In 2013 Hale and Gloria moved to St. Elizabeth’s Hall in Timonium, part of Stella Maris. He immediately took on the task of writing a monthly newsletter for the residents – some months exceeding 25 pages. He was a positive and informative voice at Stella Maris and touched the lives of the residents and staff alike. 

Donations can be made in his memory to the American Heart Association.

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