Helen and Dick met at North Georgia College after Dick returned from serving in the U.S. Navy in WWII. Because many veterans were taking advantage of the GI Bill and returning to school, there was a waiting list at UGA and Georgia Tech. Dick took classes at NGC before transferring to UGA. Helen and Dick did not officially date at the time because her housemother did not like the idea of veterans dating young girls.
Dick received a degree in physics and a Masters of Education from UGA. He kept in touch with Helen by phone and telegram. When Dick told Helen’s mother that they were thinking about getting married, Helen said her reply was, “You don’t know what you are getting into. Helen can’t cook, she can’t sew and frankly can’t do anything.” Dick replied, “Well, we will muddle through.”
The couple came to Marietta in 1969 when Dick was employed by the Atlanta Board of Education to head up a new planetarium on the campus of Northside High School (now North Atlanta). Dick and his family were previously residents of Marietta. He attended Waterman Street School (as did actress Joanne Woodward, wife of Paul Newman), which was later home to the Walker School before Walker relocated to the old Sprayberry High School on North Cobb Parkway. Dick’s family attended First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. Helen was born and raised in Norcross.
Dick served as Director of Northside Planetarium from 1969 until his retirement in 1986. Helen was a personnel specialist, Southeast Region, for Boy Scouts of America. She retired in 1987.
The Joneses have one son, Dr. Richard C. Jones. He is an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. (Helen said TWU was established when Texas A&M did not allow women to enroll.) Richard’s wife, Barbara Schultz Jones, is professor of library science at University of North Texas, also in Denton.
Helen said, “Guess there is no secret to 65 years of marriage, except to say one takes the marriage vows seriously and just keeps on keeping on. Actually it doesn’t seem like 65 (years).”
On July 13 at 10 a.m., the Friends for the East Cobb Park will celebrate the park’s 10th anniversary. The event includes bounce houses, face painting, games, a DJ and speeches from past park presidents. East Cobb Park, at 3322 Roswell Road in Marietta, is east Cobb’s only public gathering place and was created by citizens that wanted a beautiful green space for that purpose. Attorney General Sam Olens will speak and honor the East Cobb Civitans for their long-term dedication. Whole Foods is providing brunch and WellStar is the presenting sponsor. The public is invited.
Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at email@example.com. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.