James “Jimmy” Oscar Jones was called home by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 19, 2013. Services will be held November 23 at 2:00 PM at Grace Fellowship with Blaine Shelton, associate pastor.
In reflection of a life it is challenging to capture the meaning of that life, and how that life made a difference to countless others. Here is our family’s attempt to impart just a glimpse of the spirit of Jimmy Jones.
Jimmy was born May 22, 1934 to Clarence M. and Mary F. “McClendon” Jones in Allison, Texas. As a small child the family moved to Borger, Texas where Jimmy attended school, played football for the Bulldogs and graduated in 1952. Jimmy attended Frank Phillips College for two years and then attended and graduated from West Texas State College in 1958 with a degree in education, minor in History. Jimmy served one year as a corporal in the Army National Guard. He began his career in education in Spearman, Texas where he taught school and coached the Lynx in football.
In 1960 Jimmy returned to Borger coaching the Bulldogs and teaching World History for six years. As a young man he was promoted to an assistant High School principal for Borger and in 1967 he was promoted as the principal of Sam Houston Jr. High ,later North Middle School, then Borger Middle School. Jimmy earned a Masters in Education from West Texas State University in 1969.In 1986 he was promoted to assistant Superintendent of BISD where he served over the technology division. After forty two years as an educator Jimmy retired in December, 2002.
Our Jimmy was an avid sportsman; he enjoyed hunting quail, pheasant and fishing. He trained bird dogs over the years taking many friends and family on hunting outings. In later years Jimmy gave up hunting but still worked to train his dogs so others could benefit from their skills.
Throughout his lifetime Jimmy supported the Bulldogs, the Buffs and the Dallas Cowboys. While in college he was fortunate to play for WT during the 1956-1957 season and played in the Tangerine Bowl winning that game and remained lifelong friends with his teammates.
He co-facilated the 50 year team reunion with Dave Corley in 2007. During the Homecoming half-time festivities that team was honored with personal recognition.
Other than his love for sports Jimmy enjoyed growing tomatoes and shared his yield with family and friends. Jimmy had such zest for life, an abundance of energy and made each day count even as his health declined, he continued to make trips to a family ranch where he built quail feeders, ran the bird dogs and just enjoyed the outdoors.
Jimmy instilled the value of an education in students, his children and grandchildren. He was always there to support us in our triumphs and failures, his support was unwavering.
Most recently, Jimmy swelled with pride regarding grandson Kyle’s enlistment in the Navy. He was also proud of Kade playing football “Caprock” seeing him following his footsteps. He was also very proud of McKenzie and learn through her what unconditional love is all about.
During the past few months our family has been amazed by the overflowing visits by former students, teachers, and friends that have stopped by to share a “Jimmy story” and reflect how Jimmy made people feel special. He had a quick wit, was fun loving and energetic and “could not sit still”.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are daughters Kathy Jones of Amarillo, TX and Cindy Housley of Wylie, Texas and her children Kye Moore and father Jason of Lubbock, TX. Kade Housley and father David of Amarillo, TX. and McKenzie McCarty and father Roger of Wylie, TX. Brother Kenneth and wife Judy Jones of Borger, TX. Sister Peggy and husband Fred Dawson of Amarillo, TX. Nieces and Nephews Steve and Alan Jones of Borger, TX. Kema Hicks and Elaine Rigsby of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Christy Hensley and Renee Gardner of Amarillo, TX.
The family would like to thank the members of First United Methodist Church of Borger TX. and Pastor Pam Leiman, for the visits, calls and cards, offering support during this difficult time.
Special thanks to the many friends of our father, to many to name, for your love, kindness and support. Choosing to name Troy Tooms who shared his gift of servitude toward Jimmy, with his caring TLC, also naming Les Hargis for your visits and words of encouragement. Also Charlie Kerr for all your support.
Special thank you and love to Peggy and Fred Dawson and family for the numerous hours spent with us at the hospital. Also Kenneth and Judy Jones for the love , support and all things done to help out along the way.
This long journey home has been difficult, we walked it along side our Dear Jimmy, learning patience along the way. Our family has comfort in knowing he is free of pain and suffering and is restored to full health.
We will sorely miss him! We can only imagine his delight as his eyes opened to the Awesome wonder of Heaven to see all that has been prepared for him by our Lord.
“We can picture you relaxing and ordering a bottle of SAKE, hot hot hot. Until we see you again we will hold your memory close in our hearts”
In lieu of flowers make donations to the Jimmy Jones Memorial scholarship at Frank Phillips College P.O. Box 5118 Borger, Tx. 79007 Attn. Jerry Aylor.