James Rayford “Jimmy” Jones, Jr. went to be with his Savior on April 16, 2017 at 5:51 am. Graveside services will be conducted at Grange Hall Cemetery on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Officiating will be Pastor Ryan Berryhill of First Baptist Church of Marshall where James was a member since he was ten years old. Visitation will be at Sullivan Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Jimmy was born on December 13, 1946 in Marshall, TX to James Rayford and Frances Jones. He was a lifelong resident of Harrison County and a graduate of Marshall High School class of 1965. He married Cookie Jones on March 3, 2003 they started their journey together on the “Hill” where he had unlimited time to raise his cattle and coastal hay. He was always out and about visiting and helping his friends with his side kick “Maggie Mae”. He worked on several jobs before working at Norit Americas where he was employed for 25 years retiring in 2005. He was a member of First Baptist of Bossier where he enjoyed going to church and attending revivals.
Jimmy and Cookie’s first vacation was to the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO. where he toured the entire complex, it was a long day. He had much to tell his friends about this trip. On another trip they went to the Northwest Coast traveling by Highway 101. He loved the ocean and could not believe the cattle were grazing on the lower part of the high mountains. Jimmy loved life, family and their friends.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, James Rayford Jones, Sr. and Frances Alice Taylor Jones; paternal grandparents, James Rayford Jones and Missouri Eugenia Hudgins Jones; maternal grandparents, William Chester Taylor, Sr. and Emma Jane Bass Taylor.
He is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Cookie Jones; one daughter, Hillary Jones- Love; one step son, the son he never had, Joe W. Lea, III; one aunt, Ann Taylor; one sister, Nancy K. Jones Smith and husband Jerry; nephews, David K. Smith and wife Fonda, James M. “Jim” Smith; numerous cousins, loved ones, and a host of friends.
Pallbearers will be Mike Bradbury, John Ellis, David Smith, Terrance Helton, Dave Shelton, Gerald Holder, and Doug Lang. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Earl, Kenneth Sego, Doc Jordan, Marlin Skinner, Sam Mosely, George Meisenheimer, Dr. Bickham, Ward McClendon, and Ricky Houston.
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