Welcome to the homepage of Ralph R Jones


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Just who am I?

  • A husband , father and grandfather
  • IT Specialist, University of Florida, Office of Registrar - retired
  • A Member of Wesley United Methodist Church
  • US Army Veteran

My wife Nancy and I have a son and daughter, Steve and Kathleen and 6 grandkids. 4 of the grandkids are Steve's (3 girls & 1 boy) and the newest grandson is Kathleen's second child (1 girl & 1 boy).
My favorite place to vacation is the Smoky Mountains. I enjoy staying in Townsend TN., going to Cades Cove and hiking the trails to the falls, etc. Visit my Smoky Mountains Vacation Page for information and links about the Smokies. Just a word of advice; You must go to Dollywood. It is great family entertainment, the people who work there are so friendly. You have to ride the Tennessee Tornado, if you're into roller coasters.

Besides my family, church and singing in the Chancel Choir, playing my guitar and clarinet I enjoy canoeing the Santa Fe River in North Florida and as my daughter says, messing up the computer.

I was born in Butler, Pa. Raised in North Miami Beach, FL. Graduated from Miami Norland High School, attended Miami Dade Jr. College. Nancy and I married in 1969. I spent 2 years in the Army and was stationed in Dachau, Germany. In the mid 70's , we moved to Gainesville, FL. I beame very involved with the Boy Scouts. I was a Webelos Scout Leader for Pack 83, a member of the Alachua District Cub Scout Roundtable staff and Cub Scout Leader Training staff. Scoutmaster of Troop 202, a member of the Alachua District Boy Scout Leader Training staff (SMF), District Eagle Board, merit badge counselor and BSA Lifeguard counselor. I was a member of the OA (Order of the Arrow). A Girl Scout Co-Leader of Troop 147. This did not all happen at the same time. I started with the Cub Scouts and ended with the Girl Scouts. I was a member of the School Advisory Council at Howard Bishop Middle School and Band Boosters at Gainesville High School. I am very committed to the development and safety of children.

In August, 2000 I enrolled at Santa Fe Community College and 3 years later I graduated with Honors with an A.S. Degree in Computer Information Technology. That is when I changed my occupation from 30 + years of being an ASE certified automotive techician to an IT specialist.

Life of a Child

An Hour of Your Time

Daddy how much do you make an hour? With a timid voice and idolizing eyes, the little boy greeted his father as he returned from work. Greatly surprised, but giving his boy a glaring look, the father said: Look, sonny, not even your mother knows that. Don't bother me now I'm tired. But Daddy, just tell me please! How much do you make an hour, the boy insisted. The father, finally giving up, replied: Twenty dollars per hour. Okay, Daddy. Could you loan me ten dollars? the boy asked. Showing his restlessness and positively disturbed, the father yelled:
So that was the reason you asked how much I earn, right? Go to sleep and don't bother me anymore! It was already dark and the father was meditating on what he said and was feeling guilty. Maybe he thought, his son wanted to buy something.
Finally, trying to ease his mind, the father went to his son's room. Are you asleep son? asked the father. No, Daddy. Why? replied the boy partially asleep. Here's the money you asked for earlier, the father said. Thanks, Daddy! rejoiced the son while putting his hand under his pillow and removing some money.
Now I have enough! Now I have twenty dollars! The boy said to his father, who was gazing at his son, confused at what his son had just said. Daddy, could you sell me one hour of your time.

Our children are our future get involved in your child's education. Support school programs, get involve with S.A.C. and P.T.A. Take time for your children. Make time for your children, they are only young for a short period of time. You may be surprised to fine out that when you finally have time for them, they don't have time for you!


Links We Will Never Forget!

Dollywood World Trade Center
God Bless The USA  

Smoky Mountains

Wesley United Methodist Church

Updated 2/14

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