Be satisfied with nothing but your best. Eugene Wesley Jones lived his life by this statement and with that served as the greatest role model for his family and others.
Eugene Wesley Jones, age 92, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Marshall, TX at Reunion Inn with his wife, Jeane, by his side as she had been for 69 years. He was born in Greenville, TX on July 17, 1925 to Gladys Young Jones and Oscar B. Jones, Sr. At the age of 12, Wesley moved with his family to Conroe, TX. He graduated from Conroe High School as Salutatorian in 1942. After his family moved to Marshall, Wesley attended the College of Marshall for a year before entering the Navy V-12 program and being sent to Louisiana Tech in Ruston for a semester. He transferred to Tulane University in New Orleans where he received a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1945. After graduation, he was sent to Midshipman School at Columbia University in New York and graduated as an Ensign for the U.S. Navy. Wesley served his country on board a transport ship as a deck officer until he was honorably discharged in 1947.
He returned to Marshall after World War II and entered the air conditioning and refrigeration business, forming a partnership with his two brothers. They later added the furniture business establishing a firm called Jones Brothers that operated a storefront in Marshall for many years.
On March 5, 1949, Wesley married the former Jeane Westmoreland at the Marshall First Methodist Church. Mr. Jones was always very active in his community. He was on the Board of Directors for Camp Fire Girls for many years as well as the Marshall ISD School Board while his daughters were growing up. He served as President of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, the Marshall Elks Club, Chairman of the United Fund Drive, President of the Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1998 he was made a lifetime member of the Harrison County Historical Museum “in appreciation for his generous contributions, time, and service.” He was active at First Methodist Church serving as a certified Lay Speaker and member of the Board of Stewards, named Chairman in 1960. He taught Sunday School to high school youth and taught Bible classes to adult groups. After retiring from Jones Brothers in 1987, Wesley and Jeane traveled extensively both in the United States and abroad. When he was home, he was busy with his hobby woodworking. He made trains and other wooden artifacts for the Railroad Museum, and wooden puzzles and toys for the First United Methodist Day School, local elementary schools, Head Start program, Asbury House and dozens and dozens of friends and family.
Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Oscar B Jones; son Thomas Wesley Jones; grandson Josh Thomas Gaines; and his two brothers, Oscar B. Jones, Jr. and William Grady Jones. He is survived by his devoted wife, Jeane; two daughters, Lou Anne Rainey and husband Steve of Longview, and Nancy Gaines and husband Cal of Marshall; six grandchildren, Lindsey Michelle Hughes of Austin, Wesley Tucker Hughes and wife Scotti of Dallas, Hayley Jeane Trevino and husband Javier of McAllen, Barry Alexander (Alex) Hughes and wife Debra of Austin, Walton Benjamin Gaines of Denver, and Drake Callaway Gaines of Santa Fe, TX; five great grandchildren Harrison Alexander and Louna Rose Hughes of Austin, John Tucker and Marshall Stroud Hughes of Dallas, and Luka Wesley Trevino of McAllen.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church of Marshall. Dr. Pat Day will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday evening at Sullivan Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00 PM. Graveside services will be at Colonial Gardens with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers the family request contributions to First United Methodist Church of Marshall or the charity of your choice.