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Foxhall Parker Jones

SALISBURY — Foxhall Parker Jones, 85, died Feb. 27, 2011. He died quickly and peacefully with his wife, Kitty Benedict, at his side.

Foxhall, mostly known as Foxy, was born June 15, 1925, in New York City, to the late Helen (Parker) and Arthur Russell Jones. He and his brother, Arthur, moved to Salisbury in 1938, living with Emily Fowler after the early tragic deaths of his parents.

After graduating from The Westminster School in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After basic training he was shipped out to New Zealand to become a demolitions expert.

After seeing his first action on Guam, his 21st Regiment was called in to reinforce the invasion of Iwo Jima; he was assigned the mission of securing the airstrip at Motoyama. After being wounded twice during three weeks of battle against the Japanese, he returned to Guam to train for the invasion of Japan. After the Japanese surrendered, he was sent to China for several months to guard the airport in Tsiang Tao against the Chinese Communist Army.

In 1947, Foxy graduated from the University of Virginia and shortly after joined the staff of Harper/Collins Publishing House in New York City. He spent 35 years as a bookseller, traveling to all corners of the northeast, where he sold books to independent bookstores. He made countless lifelong friends in his travels, and often there was a little extra time for a round of golf and/or a meal.

One bookseller always looked forward to Foxy’s visits because “he was one of the few honest booksellers that actually read many of the books and would share his opinions about which books he thought would sell in that particular store.”

It was one of those rare jobs where he got to do what he loved: talk about books, meet interesting people, sneak in a little golf and travel the northeast.

Foxy’s passion for golf took him and his wife, Kitty, to England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy, where he played such memorable courses as St. Andrews, Killarney and Turnberry. He was a member of the Sharon Country Club for more than 25 years, serving on its board and golf committee for several years. This passion made him a great golfer, who captured many club championships over the years — including being the oldest club member ever to win the championship.

Foxy is survived by his wife, Kitty (Crain) Benedict (the love of his life); a daughter, L. Parker Jones, and her husband, Jim P. Baker, and a granddaughter, Lily C. Baker, of Newburyport, Mass.; a son, Casey Howland Jones of Danbury, Conn., and grandson Sam Foxhall Jones of Reading, Conn.; a daughter, Molly W. Jones of Groton, Mass.; a son, Brian Strong Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a son, Dylan Jones of Jamaica Plain, Mass.

He was predeceased by a son, Monk Jones, who died in 1958; and a brother, Arthur Jones, in 2009.

There will be a celebration of Foxy’s life when we can see green grass, hopefully in May. It will be announced in The Lakeville Journal.

Arrangements are under the care of the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association.

The family would like to thank all those who have loved Foxy for their love and support. He loved you all.