Kenneth Thomas Jones Jr., an internationally known businessman, horseman and longtime owner of Domino Stud in Lexington, has died.
Jones died Thursday at his home in Raleigh, N.C. He was 90.
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During World War II, Mr. Jones was a member of the Seabees, the construction arm of the Navy. He participated in some of the most critical operations in the Pacific Theater, including the liberation of Guam in 1944.
When peace came, he made Guam his home and the base for what would become an international business operation with more than 1,000 employees in Micronesia, Australia, the Philippines and on the U.S. mainland, including Kentucky and North Carolina.
Jones founded his first company on a handshake. It later became J&G Co. Inc., which grew to have more than 20 divisions and subsidiaries, with operations in soft-drink bottling, restaurants, hotels, shipping, computer sales, real estate, automobile sales and ranching.
His family ventures in North Carolina included Carolina Pines Golf and Country Club.
Jones was an avid horseman with operations in Australia, as well as at Domino Stud Farm in Lexington. His horses twice won the Australian equivalent of the U.S. Triple Crown.
One of his horses, Sir Cherokee, won the Arkansas Derby in 2003 but was scratched from the Kentucky Derby after a pre-race injury.
Jones is survived by his wife, Elaine Cruz Jones; five daughters; three brothers; and three sisters.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Mother of the Church Catholic Church in Raleigh, N.C. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Jones & Guerrero Foundation at Duke Children's Hospital, DUMC, Box 2975, Durham, N.C., 27710, Attn. Glenn Holzapel. Contributions also may be made to Catholic Social Services, Guam Girl Scout Council or Guam Boy Scout Council at P.O. Box 7, Hagatna, Guam, 96932.