Randall Wayne Jones
August 19, 1936 – May 31, 2018
Randall Wayne Jones was born in Lampasas, Texas, on August 19, 1936 and passed away at his home west of Burnet on May 31, 2018. He was the son of Berniece Vann and Raymond Jones.
Randall attended Texas A&M and spent his 34 year career with Mobil Oil. He had numerous assignments both in the U.S. as well as several foreign postings. He retired in 1993 and returned to Burnet and ranched.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother Buck, and nephew Justin Allen Jones. Survivors include his wife, Ladema, children Julie and Cecil Jackson, Jane and John Key, grandchildren Ensign Colton Key, Casey Key and Randi Jackson. Sister Judy Bays, brother and sister in law Rex and Ann Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to FUMC of Burnet, 909 N Vanderveer St., Burnet, TX 78611 or to the Methodist Children’s Home, 1111 Herring Avenue, Waco, TX 76708 https://www.mch.org
- Cecil Jackson
- John Key
- Colton Key
- Jerry Jones
- Jim Jones
- Lance Jones
First United Methodis Church
909 N. Vanderveer St., Burnet, TX 78611
- Methodist Children's Home
- Funeral Service Sunday, June 3, 2018
Randall Wayne Jones
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June 5, 2018
Sometimes, the bond you have with the family you choose is stronger than with the family you are given. Until about five years ago, I thought Randall was one of my great uncles. That's the way he and his wife, Ladema, treated us: as family. I'm the granddaughter of one of his good friends, Joe Pogue, but he treated me as much more.
I will forever be grateful to Randall and will never forget his kindness to my family and me throughout the years. I will remember him as my uncle regardless of actual blood ties.
Mary Ellen and John Landry
June 4, 2018
One anecdote John Key mentioned about Randall stuck us as very informative about Randall and his approach to life. John told us that Randall first attended Howard Payne University to major in agriculture but later transferred to Texas A and M University to major in petroleum engineering. This was done on the advice of a professor who felt that because of Randall's aptitude in mathematics he was wasting his talent in a much less demanding field.
In the first year or two of college, there are a great many who start with demanding majors that require serious and dedicated students. After a year or two many of the less dedicated become discouraged and change to less rigorous majors or quit altogether. Randall did just the opposite. He elected to change to a more rigorous demanding major, petroleum engineering, which demonstrates how he approached life: with great courage and determination.
When we go to funerals – too many lately – we think of the departed and recall the reassuring words below of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a minister who resisted Hitler and was assassinated.
"Why are we so afraid when we think about death? Death is only dreadful for us who live in dread and fear of it. Death is not wild and terrible if only we can be still and hold fast to God's word. Death is not bitter if we have not become bitter ourselves. Death is grace, the greatest gift of grace that God gives to people who believe in Him. Death is mild, death is sweet and gentle, it beckons to us with heavenly power, if only we realize that it is the gateway to our homeland, the tabernacle of joy, the everlasting kingdom of peace. How do we know that dying is so dreadful? Who knows whether in our human fear and anguish we are only shivering and shuddering at the most glorious, heavenly, blessed event in the world?”
Randall was a wonderful husband and father and is now in his, “homeland, the tabernacle of joy, the everlasting kingdom of peace.”
June 2, 2018
I will never forget the first time we met Randall and Ladema. We went out to dinner with Joe Pogue who insisted we had to meet his friends and so we did.
Little did we know we would find them enchanting, full of love and quick to welcome us to Burnet. Joe knew we were attending the same church and we just hadn't ran into each other yet. Randall was his usual charming and friendly self while Ladema chatted away. We enjoyed our dinner together and found that we had a lot in common having worked at oil companies. Everytime we ran into them or went by the house to drop something off Randall was so welcoming and ready to chat. There couldn't be a nicer man on earth! We count our blessings to have known him for a few years and to have his example of faith and love to follow. Please accept our condolences for your loss of this wonderful man. You are all so lucky to have know him for a long time. Ladema, we love you and will do anything you need!
In Christ's love,
Dave & Debbie Johnson