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Obituary – John J. Jones
MISSION – John J. Jones, 74, died on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at his home in Mission.
John was born in Dallas and grew up in Arlington, TX, where he graduated from Arlington High School. He graduated from Baylor University and attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and later earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington.
He devoted his career to serving the educational needs of young people as a teacher in Texas public schools, beginning at Moody and Garden City, and then in several communities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, including Rio Grande City, Roma, and Edcouch-Elsa.
John converted to Catholicism and was an active participant in the spiritual life of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission. He was a lifelong student of Scripture and sought, in his quiet manner, to do good in the world with a compassionate and forgiving spirit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardy J. and Inez (Strickland) Jones; a brother, Hardy E. Jones; and a beloved aunt, Flora Jones.
He is survived by a brother, Monty Jones of Austin, and a nephew, Ryan Fortson, of Anchorage, Alaska.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission, with the rosary at 7 p.m. recited by a group of his loving friends from St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, at St. Paul’s, followed by interment at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission.
Instead of flowers, a memorial contribution to St. Paul’s or a charitable organization of one’s choice would be in keeping with John’s wishes.
Funeral services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.