Jones Brothers Tree Surgeons – In the Tree Business for Over 30 Years

Back in the early 1960’s , our Uncle Hank Smith started his tree surgeon business in Statesboro, Georgia. As a young boy, I remember seeing Uncle Hank leave the house in his old station wagon with the tall ladder strapped to the roof, on his way to trim trees. He was a hardworking man who took pride in his work. His business soon grew to the size where he needed more employees, so he hired and trained a couple good ol’ country boys to help him.

In 1973, Uncle Hank expanded his business to the Savannah and Hilton Head areas. He recognized the growth in these areas and knew there was a market for a good tree surgeon business. To this day, we still have clients that used Uncle Hank way back then. I always enjoy hearing stories from those homeowners about him. He was well-liked, a man of his word, and people trusted him.

In 1991, Uncle Hank contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite and his health soon deteriorated. My brother, Al Jones, retired from the Air Force in 1995 after 26 years of service and came home to help our uncle run the business in Hilton Head. The company changed its name to Smith and Jones Tree Surgeons.


Uncle Hank passed away in June of 1999 and my brother Al decided to continue operating the business. He bought Uncle Hank’s shares and looked forward to growing the business. Through his hard work and dedication, the company (Al Jones Tree Surgeons, LLC) grew a rapid rate. That’s when I, James Jones, joined the company. I was working with Winn Dixie as a district manager in southeast Georgia and northern Florida. Al wanted a partner to help him grow and manage the business while also keeping it in the family, so he asked me to join him. In 2000, we became Jones Brothers Tree Surgeons, Inc. Just like Al, I started out as a ground man and worked my way up to running a full crew. We purchased more equipment and expanded our workforce as our business continued to grow.

We were the first on the island to add laptops, printers, and internet access to our trucks giving us the ability to print estimates on the spot and e-mail photographs to property owners who live out of state. Amanda Jones, my daughter and recent graduate of the College of Charleston, is our office administrator and customer service expert.

We take pride in doing the best job possible for our customers. When we get calls and notes from our clients complimenting our crew’s work, we know that we have done our job. We are here to serve you and we want to be the best at what we do. It’s just that simple.

Clay Jones joined our company in 2013 and currently is the estimator for the mid island section of Hilton Head. Jeff Jones joined us in 2016 and is in charge of the accounting, human resources and safety program. Jeff and Clay are brothers and our first cousins. Clay has a background in investments as a stock broker. Jeff recently retired as vice president/city executive of State Employee Credit Union of North Carolina. 

James Ellis, an island native, joined our team in 2015 and is the estimator for the south end of Hilton Head. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Forestry and Horticulture. James is a certified arborist. 

John Snow joined us this year, 2017 and is the estimator for Bluffton. John is a master arborist and we are proud to have him on our team