Lewis Avery Jones

July 27, 1941August 11, 2020

Lewis Avery Jones, affectionately known as “Wishie,” played his last hole on August 11th, 2020 at 5pm, just in time for Happy Hour in the hereafter, due to complications from pneumonia. Born in Houston on July 27, 1941 to Albert (Pappy) and Nettie Jones, he graduated from St. John’s School before hightailing it to the Forty Acres where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, earning his BBA and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees.

After decades in the practice of law, Lewis came home one evening and announced that he was retiring immediately, as he had other interests to pursue. First, he researched his family genealogy, leading him all the way back to Plymouth Rock. Then, his love of history led him to serve as the President and Chairman of the Board of the Texas Historical Foundation; Adjutant Commander of the Society of the Southern Cross; President of the Former Texas Ranger Foundation; Trustee, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, Admiral in the Texas Navy; Governor of the Jamestown Society; President (Moses Chapter) of the Sons of the Republic of Texas; Sergeant at Arms of the Society of Mayflower Descendants (by four different ancestors!). He also held membership in many historical organizations including the Flagon and Trencher Society, Society of Mayflower Descendants, Sons of the Republic of Texas, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, the Friends of Winedale, and Friends of the Neil-Cochran House Museum.

Many will remember Lewis as a dapper dresser. His keen eye and impeccable style made sure that he was always the most nattily dressed person in the room and earned him service on the Forbes Magazine Fashion Advisory Board and the Departures Magazine Luxury Advisory Board.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Lewis was a faithful member of St. David’s Church, Austin. Through the years he held various lay positions, including Co-chair of St. David’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations, head usher at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00a.m. services, and Coordinator of the Usher Teams.

Devoted to his beloved Texas Longhorns, Lewis liked to tell the story of picking out his season ticket seats in Disch-Faulk Field as it was being built, seats that he retained until the year before his death. He would also regale his many tales of trips to Omaha for the College World Series. In 1997, Lewis became an NFL owner when he purchased shares of the Green Bay Packers. Watching the Packers win Super Bowl XLV made Lewis almost as happy as showing off his Super Bowl ring.

A minor golf habit became a major obsession in retirement. Lewis was at various times a member of Austin Country Club, the University of Texas Golf Club, and Onion Creek Club. His wit and wisdom echo in each of those clubhouses and toasts are made in his name. Lewis’ laughter and friendship will be missed by many.

We would be remiss to not mention that he was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, 1966, as he was very proud of this honor.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Dan Jones. He is survived by his wife, Judith, his stepson John Maverick, daughter of the heart Elizabeth Hamilton, sister-in-law Anya Rylander Jones of Austin, brother-in-law Ron Jones of Lexington TX & family; nieces Jenny Catherine Gunnarsen & family of Copenhagen, Denmark, Lee Sher & family of San Francisco, CA, Jenica Jones Langfitt & family of Bloomington, IN, & nephew Dan Jones, Jr. & family of Charleston, SC.

His family will host a memorial gathering at a later date, when conditions due to COVID-19 allow. He will be interred in a family cemetery near Lexington, Texas. In remembrance of Lewis’ life, the family asks that any memorial donations be made to St. David’s Episcopal Church Foundation at 301 E. 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701, the Texas Historical Foundation at P.O. Box 50314, Austin, Texas 78763, or the Neill-Cochran House Museum at 2310 San Gabriel St., Austin, TX 78705-5014.


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Suzanne Moody Fuqua

September 30, 2020

I have such great memories of Wishie and our times at St. John's. I share in your grief and sorrow at Wishie's outrunning us to Heaven. May God hold you close and heal your sorrow and give you peace.
Love In Christ,
Suzanne Moody Fuqua

Mary Ellen and Roger Borgelt

September 21, 2020

Dear Judith,
Roger and I were very sorry to learn of Lewis’ passing! He was a gentleman of the finest order. You know we miss his enriching presence at Austin Assembly board meetings — such a loss. We send our deepest sympathy, Mary Ellen

Roy Greenwood

September 20, 2020

“Wishie” and I first met in the mid-1960s, while I was an undergraduate school and we immediately hit it off. After I finished law school and later returned to Austin in 1971 to work for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, we hooked up on many “wild and crazy” ventures. After I went into private practice in 1978, Wish and I began a professional connection, in addition to our social one, when he assisted me on several criminal cases here in Austin, including one originally charged as a capital murder case, which eventually resulted in an acquittal. Wish assisted me with my unsuccessful 1984 campaign for election to the Court of Criminal Appeals, explaining many political concepts of which I was unaware. Unfortunately, we eventually lost close contact with each other, a fact I will always regret, but I will value my many years of a fascinating association with “Wishie” Lewis Jones.

Lynn Smith

September 6, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss Lewis terribly. He was such a kind and gentle man. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to comfort you during this difficult time.

Lynn and Steve

Pam Oconner

August 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss and our loss of a wonderful man. May you know I am here for you Rev. Judith.

Dennis and Evelyn Engblom

August 22, 2020

Lewis had a friendly face, always smiled and looked happy. He was a joy to find sitting at a table, mostly crowded with people, or on the golf course.

Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Dennis and Evelyn Engblom