SANTA ANNA – Joe K. Jones, age 78, of Santa Anna, Texas, passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at a local nursing facility.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Austin Ave in Waco, Texas, with the Rev. Dr. Jimmie Johnson and Dr. David Mosser officiating. The family will receive visitors Wednesday immediately following the service at the parlor of First Presbyterian. There will be visitation from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Henderson Funeral Home in Santa Anna, Texas. A private family burial will take place in Stewardson Cemetery in Coleman County Texas.
Joe was born Dec. 3, 1931, in Jasper, Ark., to Eva and Will Jones. He was the fourth of five sons and was baptized in the Christian Church at the Little Buffalo River in Jasper Arkansas. He was married to Joyce Joyner on Dec. 13, 1969. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1950. After High School he attended Arkansas Teachers College (University of Central Arkansas) on a basketball scholarship. He joined the Air Force in 1952 and was stationed at Luke Air Force base in Phoenix, Ariz. until his discharge as a staff sergeant in 1955. He moved to Dallas, Texas, and owned and operated several Exxon service stations in Oak Cliff and Duncanville. He was an Exxon distributor in Brownwood, Texas, for five years. Following his retirement in 1994, he moved to his beloved 1116 Ranch in Coleman County, Texas where he enjoyed raising his cattle, hunting, fishing and playing cards.
Joe is survived by his wife, Joyce (Joyner) of 42 years; son, Will and his wife Merryl of Waco; daughter, Pamala Eddleman and her husband Don of Santa Anna, Texas; brother, Brasel and his wife Drucilla of Jasper, Ark.; and the true love and joy of his life, his three grandsons, Will Eddleman, Grant and Reid Jones.
He was preceded in death by three brothers Dorwin, Harold and Don Charles.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Jasper, Ark., and the Santa Anna library in Santa Anna, Texas.
The family would like to express a special thanks to Providence Hospice for their loving care. Please sign the online guest book at www.gracegardensfh.com.