• 61°

Former Landis chief H.F. Jones dies

By Mark Wineka
mwineka @salisburypost.com
H.F. Jones Jr., who served as police chief of Landis for 25 years, died unexpectedly Thursday at Carolina Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord.
He was 60 and had been retired from the Landis chief’s job since May 2001.
Since retirement, Jones had worked security jobs for Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Dale Earnhardt Inc.
“I knew H.F. as a great public servant when he was chief and I was mayor of Landis,” said state Rep. Fred Steen, R-Rowan. “He was a great person (who) enforced the law fairly and with respect to the citizens of Landis.
“He was also a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by many of us.”
Citizens of Landis attended a Municipal Building reception in Jones’ honor on a Sunday afternoon in June 2001 just after he retired.
He had actually been a Landis police officer five years before becoming police chief in 1976, giving him 30 years with the department.
Surveys of citizens toward the end of Jones’ service as chief found 96 percent of the residents satisfied with their Police Department ó the highest satisfaction rate that the director of the Urban Land Institute in Charlotte had ever encountered.
Only one municipality in a 16-county region had fewer crimes.
A Rowan County native, Jones graduated from South Rowan High School in 1966.
He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was a helicopter mechanic for the U.S. Army.
Jones is survived by is wife, Susan, two grown children and two grandchildren.
His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home of China Grove.

Comments

Comments closed.

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs

Nation/World

FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight

Crime

Gastonia man sentenced for crash into restaurant that killed his daughter, daughter-in-law

Nation/World

Some call for charges after video of police shooting 13-year-old in Chicago

Business

State unemployment rate falls to 5.2% in March

Coronavirus

NASCAR approach to virus vaccine varies greatly

News

Judge rejects Cherokee challenge against new casino in Kings Mountain

Elections

Jackson tops NC Senate fundraising; Walker coffers also full

Local

Kiwanis Pankcake Festival serves thousands of flapjacks for charity

Coronavirus

Rowan remains in state’s middle, yellow tier for COVID-19 community spread

Crime

Blotter: Man faces sexual exploitation charge for images on Instagram

News

Defendant convicted in attempted murder case on the run after fleeing from trial

Business

Downtown Gateway Building to be renamed for late Paul Fisher

Coronavirus

Rowan County COVID-19 data for April 15

Local

Rep. Warren’s bill would prohibit parking in electric vehicle charging stations

Local

Historic Preservation Commission approves Integro Technologies expansion, Paint the Pavement project

Education

Faith Academy, RSS will negotiate over what goes, stays in elementary school

Crime

Teacher killed in Alamance County shootout with Mexican drug cartel

Coronavirus

Bill would give more tax breaks on COVID-19 loans

Nation/World

No response as divers knock on capsized ship’s hull

Local

Quotes of the week

Crime

Blotter: Man found on church property with litany of drugs

Crime

Man charged in connection to 2019 overdose death

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday