Cale Howard Jones was born in 1902 in Pickens County, Ga. the son of James Jacob S. Jones " Jake" & Mary Catherine ( Stepp) Jones. He spent the first years of his life in Jasper, Ga. along with his brothers Stephen Allison and Jesse and his sister Ethel. His father James mostly worked in the mines around Northern Georgia, and did some carpentry work also. His mother Mary Catherine spent her time as all mothers did back then, at home raising their children. .
When Cale was fourteen years old, in 1916, he and his family moved to Alabama. While living there, his father James worked at Fort McClelland, an army base near Jacksonville, Alabama, building housing for the soldiers to live in.
About 1922, Cale and his family left Alabama and moved to Naples, Florida. His father James had taken a job to help build the now famous Tamiami Trail that runs between Naples and Miami, Florida. He also helped to survey and build the bridges that dot the Trail along the way.
( Note:Much has been written over the years about the making of the Tamiami Trail, and it is a very interesting part of the history of Collier County.)
Cale and his brothers helped work on the Trail also, until Cale was offered a new job when Naples was incorperated in Aug.1924. Cale was appointed a town Marshall. At that time, the only jail Naples had was located in what the town's folk called the " Paw Paw" patch, a small building located between Crayton Cove and the Old Naples Hotel.
When the office of Police Chief was created, Cale was appointed as it's first Police Chief. He was a happy, easy going man who loved his work, and he was well respected by everyone who knew him. He worked as the Police chief for 31 years, until his retirement in 1958.
Cale met his wife Alice Louise ( Lowery) Jones in Naples when she and her family were in Naples on a vacation. She and Cale met on the old Naples Pier. They were married on Christmas Day Dec.25,1927, in Biloxi, Ms. The Reverand E.A.DeMiller officiatiated. Miss Lameys Hunt was a witness. Alice's grandmother, Mrs. William R. Burdine stood with her.
Alice was born March 1911 in Jackson, Ms. She was the daughter of Rufus Lowery and Ruby ( Burdine) Lowery. Alice came from a very large family, most of whose decendants are still living in Mississippi today, in and around the Biloxi area. Cale and Alice were married until Cale's death in 1966, a period of 41 years.
Cale passed away on Aug.2, 1966 at his home at 144 10th Ave, South in Naples, Fl. He died quietly in his sleep. His funeral drew a huge crowd of people from the surrounding areas of Naples and Fort Myers, friends and family, and the Naples Police Department. Cale was respected by all who knew him. Alice passed away nine years later on Jan.11,1975 at the age of 64. Before her death, she was briefly married to her second husband Johnnie Kimbrell. She and Cale are both buried a short distance apart, in Naples Memorial Gardens, in Naples, Fl. Alice is buried under her 2nd husband's name Kimbrell.
At the time of their deaths, they left two sons, Cale H Jones Jr -aka Howard Cale Jones "Buster", and Charles Edward " ED" Jones and six grandchildren.
copyright 2000 Mary O'Neil