By Cindy Jo Ayers
A large crowd of family and friends gathered at the south end of County Road 337, also known as Addy Jones Road, on Sunday afternoon for the official dedication of the highway.
Addy Jones Road is located in the Shady Grove area of the county off of State Road 26, and although the road was numbered 337, all the Gilchrist natives know it as the “Addy Jones Road.”
Addy Jones served the citizens of Gilchrist County for 24 years as a county commissioner, from 1968 until 1993. He was a truck farmer in the flatwoods of the county, growing many different vegetables as well as watermelons. He was a cattleman. He also did land clearing and road construction.
Jones loved to rodeo and participated for many years in the steer wrestling and calf roping events.
Bobby Crosby, Gilchrist County Administrator shared with those at the dedication a few facts about Mr. Addy and how he lived his life. Crosby said that he lead singing in his church (Union Baptist Church) for some 36 years. Many years ago Jones was instrumental in the development of the Suwannee Valley Farmers’ Market.
Several people shared special memories of Jones who was also known locally by many as “Chief.”
Mr. Jones and his wife of 60 years, Edith, had five children; Connie Wiggins, Susan Bryant, Dale “Pinky” Jones, Marsha Cook and Michelle Keene and they all attended the dedication. Mr. Addy Jones passed away on January 16, 2007.
Jack Cook, son-in-law of Addy Jones, spoke on behalf of the family, thanking the County Commission for honoring Mr. Addy by making the road name official.
County Commissioner D. Ray Harrison lead the effort to officially name the road after Addy Jones with the full support of the entire board of county commissioners. When talking about Jones later Harrison said,
“When citizens needed help, Addy Jones was there, even to the extent that he would take his personal equipment to make sure they got that help. Addy was truly a ‘service above self’ man, he served Gilchrist County well. I’m proud to be a part of honoring him with the Addy Jones Road dedication.”
The name Addy Jones brings back very pleasant memories to many Gilchrist County residents. Jones was known to have never met a stranger. He loved to sing, loved this county and the people in it.
Addy Jones Road officially dedicated
By Cindy Jo Ayers