Macon attorney Frank C. Jones, who for nearly 25 years was one of King & Spalding’s powerhouse lawyers, died Wednesday night at his home in Macon following a lengthy illness. He was 87.

“Frank’s legal career spanned more than 60 years, and we feel fortunate that he spent nearly a quarter of a century at King & Spalding,” firm chairman Robert Hays Jr. said in a statement. Jones retired from King & Spalding in 2001.

“His unsurpassed legal skills and energy as well as his integrity, sense of humor and devotion to his family and his fellow lawyers stand as a lasting inspiration. Frank was a leader, mentor, partner and friend to the lawyers across every generation at our firm. We will miss him.”

When he died, Jones was of counsel at the Macon firm of Jones, Cork & Miller, which was founded in 1872 by his great-grandfather and where, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Jones began his legal career, according to an obituary provided by Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory in Macon. Jones worked at his family’s firm for 27 years before joining King & Spalding in 1977.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened” by Jones’ death. “Frank was an outstanding attorney with a storied career, but first and foremost, he was a gentleman,” Olens said.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vine­ville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave., Macon. The family will greet friends at the church after the private burial. Visitation is 5 to 7 tonight at Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory at the Cupola, 6324 Peake Road, Macon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made either to Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave., Macon, Ga. 31204, or to The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, 304 Pierce Ave., P.O. Box 2525, Macon, Ga. 31203-2525.