James Bill Jones, 92, of Paris, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at his home. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15th at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ with Dr. John Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Bill was born June 25, 1926, in Ferris, Texas, the son of Charlie Douglass and Mary Inez McKay Jones. He graduated from Ranger High School in 1943 and entered Texas A&M College in September of 1943. The United States Army drafted him in January of 1945, and he served in the Recovered Personnel Detachment which processed Allied soldiers out of Japanese POW camps and returned German POW’s from the United States back
to Germany. Upon his discharge, he married June Allen on June 27, 1947, and finished his degree at Texas A&M College on January 13, 1948.
He later completed a Masters of Education degree at East Texas State University. Bill taught Veterans at Box Elder, Texas for one semester, and then he and his wife, June, moved to Silverton, Texas, and both taught for one year. They moved to Detroit, Texas, where Bill taught Vocational Agriculture for three years. While in Detroit their son, Trent was born in 1950, and their daughter, Jana, was born in 1952.
Next Bill and the family moved to Paris and he taught Vocational Agriculture at Central School in Sumner for three years. He then taught Vocational Agriculture ten years at East Lamar School in Pattonville and for ten years at Prairiland High School. He served six more years as a Vocational Counselor at Paris High School. After retiring, Bill enjoyed helping his son, Trent, in farming and ranching.
Bill was preceded in death by June, his wife of 63 years and siblings; Charles, George, Mack and Wanda. Survivors include his son, Trent of Paris, his daughter, Jana Maddux & husband Dave of Frisco; five grandsons, Allen Jones & wife Kelley and their children Ryan and Emily June of Mansfield, Russell Jones of Paris, Robert Jones of Tyler, Scott Maddux & wife Tressa and their son Judah of Bedford, and Stephen Maddux of Singapore; one granddaughter, Caroline Maddux Uza & husband Chris of Richardson; one sister, Joyce Gilley of Weatherford along with several nieces & nephews and a plethora of friends.
Casket bearers will be Allen Jones, Russell Jones, Robert Jones, Scott Maddux, Stephen Maddux, and Chris Uza.
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