Ralph (“Scoop”) Lorne Jones, 95, of Brandon Oaks community in Roanoke died on April 22, 2011. He formerly lived in Haileyville, Okla.; New York City and Chatham, N.J. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Cabell Brand Jones, of Salem.
He is survived by a son, Gerald Stanton Jones, and his wife, Linda Burns Jones, of Hingham, Mass.; grandchildren Courtney Vreeland Jones of South Boston, Mass., Lauren Elizabeth McElaney of Boston, Mass., Catherine Newton Jones and Randolph Bryan Jones, both of Atlanta, Ga.; great-grandson Randolph Bryan Jones III; and daughter-in-law Katie Newton Jones, widow of Mr. Jones’s younger son, Randolph Bryan Jones, of Nashville, Tenn., who passed away in 2003; niece Cindy Lou Jones Cook and nephew, Stanton Harold Jones, both of McAlester, Okla.
Mr. Jones is also survived by Marie Knipple of Salem, long-time caregiver to Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
Mr. Jones was born July 12, 1915, in Haileyville, Okla, to Stanton Morris Jones and Naomi Eells Jones. He graduated from Haileyville High School in 1933, the University of Oklahoma in 1937, and the OU Law School with honors in 1940.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 to 1945 as a gunnery officer. He spent most of World War II on the carriers USS Enterprise and USS Lexington. Mr. Jones participated in more than 20 major sea battles, including the Doolittle raid on Tokyo and the critical battle at Midway. Lt. Commander Jones was on the USS Enterprise that was expected to dock in Pearl Harbor early in the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, as the USS Enterprise was a major target of the Japanese.
Her unarmed planes flew into Pearl Harbor ahead of the Enterprise, only to run into the surprise attack. The planes radioed back about the attack, thus saving the Enterprise. He and the Enterprise went on to many other successes at sea.
It was nicknamed “The Ghost Ship” as she was reported many times as having been sunk by Japanese planes, and left burning after attacks. Mr. Jones’ brother, Stanton Edgar Jones, who survived the sinking of the battleship Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, died in 1979.
Scoop and Elizabeth Cabell Brand Jones of Salem were married in Salem on Dec. 25, 1944. He retired in 1985 as a senior partner in the New York City law firm of Brown and Wood, after a 40-year career.
They lived briefly in New York City, moved to Chatham, N.J., in 1951, and retired in 1995 to Brandon Oaks, and only recently moved to a memory care residence in Massachusetts to be closer to his surviving son and his family.
Mr. Jones was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Roanoke Country Club, Dunes Golf and Beach Club of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the Canoe Brook Country Club of Summit, N.J.
There will be a private burial service. Small memorial donations may be made to the Stanton E. Jones Memorial College Scholarship Fund, c/o Haileyville High School in Haileyville, Okla. 74501. An online guest book is available for family and friends at www.johnmoakey.com.