OBITUARY

Edmond Maurice Jones

August 12, 1927March 3, 2018
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Edmond Maurice Jones, age 90, of Denison, Texas passed away on Saturday March 3, 2018. Edmond was born Friday August 12, 1927 to Beatrice and H.E. Jones.

Edmond was a wonderful husband and father who passed on the love of God, nature, and golf to his sons and his family. He enjoyed his annual vacations to Colorado with his wife and family.

He attended Woods Street Church of Christ in Sherman.

Edmond is survived by his wife, Dolores Jones; daughter Ann Holt; son-in-law Garry Holt; son David Edmond Jones; daughter-in-law Peggy Jones; son Robert Lee Jones; daughter-in-law Karen Jones; daughter Sandra Pate; son-in-law Richard Pate; son Kenneth Marcus Jones; daughter-in-law Mary Jones; 15 Grandchildren and 21 Great-grandchildren.

Edmond was preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will be held Monday, March 5, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard, Denison, Texas 75020.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Bratcher Funeral Home Denison, Texas with Todd Catteau and Elder T.H. Estes officiating.

A burial will be at Georgetown Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Pottsboro, Texas 75076.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Woods Street Church of Christ, 2100 N. Woods Street, Sherman, Texas, 75092.

  • FAMILY

  • H. E. Jones Jr., Father
  • Beatrice Jones, Mother
  • Dolores Jones, Wife
  • Ann Holt, Daughter
  • Garry Holt, Son-in-law
  • David Edmond Jones, Son
  • Peggy Jones, Daughter-in-law
  • Robert Lee Jones, Son
  • Karen Jones, Daughter-in-law
  • Sandra Pate, Daughter
  • Richard Pate, Son-in-law
  • Kenneth Marcus Jones, Son
  • Mary Jones, Daughter-in-law

Services

  • Visitation Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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Biography

      Edmond Maurice Jones was a man for whom actions would speak louder than words. His life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Edmond’s life. He was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. He was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. Edmond was modest in his actions and extremely literal in his thoughts and in the manner in which he communicated with others. When he said something, he meant it. All those who knew him appreciated this trademark quality.

       His parents were H.E. Jones Jr. and Beatrice Davis Jones. Edmond was born on Friday, August 12, 1927, and raised in Denison, Texas. Even as a small child, Edmond wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As Edmond grew older, he realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, he treated everyone around him the same way. This belief in fair play served Edmond well throughout his life and despite his natural shyness; he enjoyed a solid group of friends.

      During his childhood, family and friends viewed Edmond as a quiet and reserved person with what most would consider a calm and tranquil demeanor. In fact, he was a fairly curious child who had the ability to entertain himself and didn’t require much in the way of outside stimulation. A great deal of Edmond’s free time was spent learning how and why the things around him worked. He was an active child who loved being outdoors and absorbing all the sensory input that nature could provide. He took part in baseball.

      The fact that he was curious was an asset to Edmond while he was in school. He possessed strong study skills and good concentration. He relished the task of scrutinizing problems, investigating all of the options and then solving them. Edmond enjoyed tackling the project that was right in front of him and working it straight through to its conclusion. Sometimes, he would become so involved in the process of problem solving that he would lose awareness of his surroundings. Experience was Edmond’s best teacher. He graduated from Denison High School in 1944. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes in high school were English and Mechanical Drawing. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Miss West. He especially enjoyed particitpating in the debate team.

      The same qualities that served as assets for Edmond while he was in high school were tools that built success in his college years. His ability to work through problems and assignments without wasting time and energy demonstrated to his instructors that he possessed a real “stick to it” attitude that allowed him to succeed despite an underlying desire to defer making difficult decisions. Edmond was an analytical and an independent thinker, qualities that allowed him to develop and implement effective strategies and techniques to meet his college workload. He attended Texas A&M for a semester.

      Those who didn’t know Edmond well might have thought him to be objective and somewhat emotionally detached, but family and friends who were close to him knew that he was capable of unexpected flashes of humor. Edmond’s good friends tended to be “thinkers” like himself. Even though the circle of friends was somewhat small, it was a strong and loyal group, and Edmond liked nothing better than to spend his free time with them. Edmond was well known for always being up front and open, never hiding his true feelings, qualities that drew deep loyalty from his friends because they understood and appreciated him for the person he was. Another quality that people admired in Edmond was his ability to link cause and effect and apply the appropriate connection in his assessment of any new situation. While growing up,his best friend was Roy King.

      This same loyalty and up front honesty Edmond shared with his friends carried over to other aspects of his life, including his relationships with his family. On June 22, 1946, Edmond exchanged wedding vows with Dolores Redding at the his preacher's house in Sherman, Texas. The marriage became a solid relationship, due in part to Edmond’s skill at bringing fresh energy and clarity to meeting Dolores's needs. He was a great listener who enjoyed the couple’s “together” time, especially when it came to celebrating special occasions and family vacations.

      As the family grew, Edmond was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. Edmond was blessed with five children; Dolores Ann, David Edmond, Sandra Kay, Robert Lee, and Kenneth Marcus. They were also blessed with fourteen grandchildren; Polly, Leslie, Terrie, Sue, Clint, Kai, Cory, Buddy, Stacy, Casey, Hogan, Hayley, Ben, and Beth. Edmond was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, he would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. Edmond was a strong, clear communicator who excelled at eliminating confusion by making matters crystal clear to all those involved. At the same time, Edmond’s inventive nature could turn some of the boring old household chores into a fun activity for the family.

      In his work life, Edmond was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. He excelled at dealing with those pesky details that can derail some people, and once he understood exactly why he was working on a project, he could plow full steam ahead. For Edmond, being able to grasp the logical components of any task was significant to him in appreciating its importance. Even if he worked alone on an assignment, Edmond was able to incorporate and welcome new insights from co-workers, and he would readily use them if they improved the process. His primary occupation was as a draftsman. He was employed for 40 years at MKT Railroad. Edmond always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Edmond was a Merchant Marine. He understood his duty to serve his country and the importance of getting a job done. He was comfortable with the routines of the military and even liked them to some degree, especially when it came to grasping the clear instructions and guidelines he was expected to follow. He worked on the supply vessel. Edmond saw action following World War II.

      Edmond’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced his choice of leisure pursuits as well. He applied his strong concentration and analytical skills as to how things worked to his choice of activities. He particularly enjoyed the “alone” time his hobbies provided. His favorite pursuits were golf and gardening. Edmond was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Edmond had the ability to stay calm and the determination to do what was necessary to get the job finished, traits that helped him enjoy sports. In high school, Edmond played football. Other recreational sports included baseball and golf. Edmond was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf, baseball, and football.

      Edmond was an asset to any organization he joined. In many ways, he was a man of action who would rather tackle a job than spend time chatting about irrelevant things. He worked well on small committees and excelled at focusing on the important details without getting bogged down by the unnecessary parts of an assignment. In high school, Edmond was a member of the debate club. Throughout his later years, Edmond was an active member of the Mason's.

      Religion and faith were important to Edmond. He held dear the faith and values he derived from his beliefs. He was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ and attended Woods Street Church of Christ in Sherman, Texas.

      Because he was a man who let his actions speak for themselves, Edmond didn’t find it necessary to brag or boast. But it wasn’t always possible for him to conceal his accomplishments. Others who recognized his achievements made certain that he was honored for them. Some of his most prestigious awards included a city golf trophy.

      Edmond appreciated the occasions when he was able to travel and get away on a vacation. He enjoyed learning about different locales and was open to exploring new and different places. A favorite vacation included Estes Park, Colorado. He thoroughly enjoyed the task of gathering and analyzing travel information as he prepared for an upcoming trip.

      Edmond was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Edmond’s favorites was his pet Skeeter. They were best friends for 6 to 7 years. His family was rounded out by his other family pet, a wire haired terrier named Jennifer.

      As his retirement approached, Edmond viewed the event as just one more project to research and solve. So, when the day finally arrived in 1989, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Denison, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in gardening, traveling, and hiking.

      Edmond passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Texoma Medical Center Hospital in Denison, Texas due to congestive heart failure. He is survived by wife of 72 years, Dolores Jones, daughter Ann Holt, son-in-law Garry Holt, son David Edmond Jones, daughter-in-law Peggy Jones, son Robert Lee Jones, daughter-in-law Karen Jones, daughter Sandra Pate, son-in-law Richard Pate, son Kenneth Marcus Jones, and daughter-in-law Mary Jones. Services were held at Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison, Texas. Edmond was laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery, Pottsboro, Texas.

      Edmond strongly believed that talk is cheap. He was the type of person who would show others his feelings through his actions. He was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. He had a curiosity about the things around him and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences he treasured most were those he shared with his loved ones. Edmond Maurice Jones will be greatly missed.