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Gaskin Funeral Service
Saturday April 23rd, 2022
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Jonathan Adams Fox

Jonathan Adams Fox was born in New York City on January 26, 1946.  Jon spent his school years in Garden City, Long Island.  He graduated from Chaminade High School and went on to study pre-medicine at St. Bonaventure University in Olean NY.  Hosting a top-rated classical music radio program at Bonaventure led him to graduate studies in Radio and Television at Syracuse University in 1968.

Like most young men of the era, Jon joined the military after graduate school.  He served as an Army counter-intelligence officer posted to Germany.  While in Germany he met Carol, his future wife.  After his military service ended, Jon married Carol and started a career in television advertising sales.  Jon and Carol spent ten years in Miami Florida where Jon developed an interest in plants and horticulture.

In 1985, Jon moved his family to Charlotte to work for a television station but soon decided to follow his passion for plants.  He owned a garden center called Sweet Bay Gardens in the Eastland Mall area for several years.  When the garden center closed, he went to work for Lowes Home Improvement as a retail manager.  He stayed with Lowes for 24 years until his retirement in 2016.

Jon’s favorite activities and memories were the times spent at his parents’ summer home in the Adirondacks, organizing reunions with a group of life-long friends from grammar school, driving the various sports cars he owned, attending Rolling Stones concerts, a 2016 trip to Spain that he and Carol took to relive memories of their travels when they first met, and working in the home gardens that he and Carol created over 20 years.

Jon is survived by his wife, Carol Shafer Fox, son Patrick Martin Fox (Teresa) of Dallas NC, sister Betsy Schneider (Gary) of Columbia SC, brother-in-law David Shafer (Debbie) of Horton, MI, and nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vincent Scott Fox and Barbara Carswell Fox.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to:

The North Carolina Native Plant Society-Southern Piedmont Chapter.   

PO Box 5907 

Greensboro, NC 27435

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I truly enjoyed sharing Native Plant Certificate courses with you and Jon. He always greeted me with his wonderful smile and his enthusiasm for plants and the topic of the day.. My thoughts are prayers are with you as is my gratitude for the time spent with Jon.

Will Stuart Apr 19 2022 8:04 PM

Carol, I was so sorry to read of your husband’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

Maxine Horowitz Apr 18 2022 4:45 PM

I will miss you for your personality, plant knowledge and willingness to share that knowledge. I will also miss your amazing cheesecake.

Jo Ann Smith Apr 17 2022 3:06 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jonathan Fox

Jo Ann Smith Apr 17 2022 3:03 PM

I tagged Jon to be my mentor when I was promoted to ASM. Lowe's back then didn't have a training program for senior management. I tried to mimic his calm temperament and demeanor when dealing with difficult customers. Jon's leadership wealth of knowledge was deeply missed when he stepped down and eventually retired. Something that appears to be lacking within Lowe's today.
Bottom line, Jon to me was authentic and kind. Something I still strive to be.

Jerry Weeks Apr 16 2022 4:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jonathan Fox

Woody Smith Apr 16 2022 1:41 PM

How I have loved visiting Jon and Carol's amazing garden with the creek running through it and so many Native Plants that they described by name and family. I have so loved knowing Jon and Carol - a dear, delightful couple! Love and hugs to Carol at this difficult time of loss.

Peggy Henderson Apr 15 2022 10:34 AM

Very sorry to hear of Jon's passing. He will be missed. Our sympathies to his wife and family.

Cheryl and Joseph Gonzalez Apr 14 2022 12:13 PM

Sending love and prayers to you during this difficult time. I😢🙏🏼

Lisa Walker Apr 13 2022 8:32 PM

"Helper". The one word that comes to mind when I think of Jon. Helper to the community through service, helper to his neighbors & friends. Just a few days ago he was in our backyard showing me how to prune the roses and save a shrub. We will miss him at our coffee group but think of him often. Our prayers are with you Carol and with the rest of the family.

Wally & Mary Lamb Apr 13 2022 4:28 PM

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