Dr. Bobby R. Jones
October 7, 1937 – December 27, 2018
Dr. Bobby R. Jones of Fort Worth, TX passed away December 27, 2018. He was born on October 7, 1937 in Denton, TX to the late Emory and Elnora Jones. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years. Dr. Jones was also a dedicated epidemiologist in the field of public health for over 30 years in the states of Pennsylvania and Texas.
Cherishing his memory are brother William LaRue and wife Susan; children Meredith Garrison and husband Aaron, McKenzie Jones Rounds, Donna Pockrus and husband Dan, Ricky Jones, Roy Belanger and wife Vera, Gary Jones, Kimberly Plank and Heather Plank; grandchildren, Trevor Pockrus, Felix Jones Rounds, Arlo Jones Rounds, Jana Morrazano, Jennifer Stapleton, Christine Svoboda and Roy Belanger; great grandchild, Maddox Pockrus; nieces and nephews Meghan Jones, Merrick Jones, Michael Jones, Mark Jones and Michele Dundas, sister-in-law Ann Jones; numerous extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by brother Emory Odell Jones.
Memorial services will be held 1:00pm, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Foust and Son Funeral Home.
Interment will follow at Medlin Cemetery in Trophy Club, TX with full Air Force honors.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Bob Jones Nature Center, bjnc.org/
- Emory Jones, Father
- Elnora Jones, Mother
- Emory Odell Jones, Brother
- William LaRue, Brother
- Susan LaRue, Sister-in-law
- Meredith Garrison, Daughter
- Aaron Garrison, Son-in-law
- McKenzie Jones Rounds, Daughter
- Donna Pockrus, Daughter
- Dan Pockrus, Son-in-law
- Ricky Jones, Son
- Roy Belanger, Son
- Vera Belanger, Daughter-in-law
- Gary Jones, Son
- Kimberly Plank, Daughter
- Heather Plank, Daughter
- Trevor Pockrus, Grandchild
- Felix Jones Rounds, Grandchild
- Arlo Jones Rounds, Grandchild
- Jana Morrazano, Grandchild
- Jennifer Stapleton, Grandchild
- Christine Svoboda, Grandchild
- Roy Belanger, Grandchild
- Maddox Pockrus, Great Grandchild
- Meghan Jones, Niece
- Merrick Jones, Nephew
- Michael Jones, Nephew
- Mark Jones, Nephew
- Michele Dundas, Niece
- Ann Jones, Sister-in-law
- Dr. Jones also leaves numerous extended family and friends to cherish his memory.
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, February 2, 2019
Dr. Bobby R. Jones
February 2, 2019
We remember and honor Bobby Jones for his many contributions to public health and our community, as a colleague and friend. My thoughts and condolences are with his family.
William LaRue Jones
January 6, 2019
A word with my brother Bob:
There is no way to describe the numerous emotional swings I've experienced when I lost a brother so suddenly....sadness, anger, love, loneliness....memories flood by in overwhelming speed ricocheting through our 79 plus years together. We were blood brothers, we were best friends, we were singular playmates, and we were the last of this Jones generation.
You were greatly admired by everyone for your incredible intelligence and amazing memory, but perhaps more admired for your warm, caring personality and unconditional support of family, friends, co-workers, and Dallas Cowboys. Your recall of people , places, date, and events was legendary. We have lost not only a wonderful man, father, uncle, and brother, but the singular orator of the Jones family history. We draw some comfort from your association and contributions with the living testimonies you provided to the Bob Jones Nature Center, named after our grandfather and your name sake. I will constantly think of you and hold you deeply in my heart until we meet again.
Thank you Bob---So long---I love you!
January 4, 2019
Dr. Jones, working with others at Tarrant County Public Health, set up the first sandbox experiments as part of what eventually became one of the nation’s leading syndromic surveillance networks. His awareness of what technology could do for epidemiology led to grant funding for Tarrant County to house an Advanced Practice Center (APC) to foster health situational awareness and general emergency preparedness in North Texas. In that region and beyond, we’re all safer as a result. I was fortunate to work on the APC team and want to acknowledge Dr. Jones’ leadership. He was a valued colleague and friend. I enjoyed seeing this unique, fun-loving, talented man at the parties that our mutual friend, Lee Hamilton, coordinated. Dr. Jones touched many lives; he will be missed.
Carol Lee Hamilton
January 3, 2019
Dr. Jones taught me a lot of epidemiology. He liked to talk about "odds ratios." In fact, he just liked to teach.
Our last visit: Bobby got an Uber to travel over 20 miles to one of my Chinese New Year's parties. That was just couple of years ago. He stayed until most of the guests had left so that we could catch up. I don't live in Texas anymore and co-hosted the party in someone else's home. How blessed I was that he came, and that he stayed, and that he cared. What a friend!
Bobby became quite known among supporters of the Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake, Texas. I was one of its founders and board members. Bobby, as a grandson of the center's namesake, was tapped many a time to attend special events. When I'd ask him to come, he seemed genuinely pleased --- and he came through, time and again. I hope he knew how much his participation meant to me personally as well as to the other volunteers.
Whenever I was around Dr. Jones professionally, or Bobby personally, the world had more possibilities.
January 2, 2019
I want to extend my condolences to Bobby's family, and offer my prayers for you all. I met Bobby in the Central Penn Symphony in 1993. It was mentioned how generous Bobby was. My very first rehearsal, Bobby pulled me aside and mentioned that a group of the orchestra met afterwards at a local restaurant. Not knowing me at all, Bobby invited me into the orch. family that night! Many a time I remember him pulling out his Platinum AMEX card and paying for goodly amount of the collective bill! I was impressed that he had his own oboe AND English horn! And could PLAY them well---difficult instruments for most. I was also impressed with his job in (then) Harrisburg and his educational/academic and research credentials! We connected a few times on Face book several years ago before I got off all Social Media. While we were not close since I left that orch. in 1994, I would see Bobby at York Symphony concerts over the next few years. An outsider would say I knew the man hardly at all, and that probably would be true. But what I DID get to know, impressed the heck out of me, and I mourn his loss from a distance--but was proud to know him for a little while!
God Bless all of his family!
December 31, 2018
Dr. Jones was a team player. The Tarrant County Public Health and the Fort Worth City Public Health were both housed in the same building located in what used to be 1800 University Drive. That property is now part of the Botanical Gardens housing BRIT and the address changed to 1700 University Drive. The old public health building was torn completely down whereby BRIT constructed a brand new building.
Bobby was always very helpful in working with the Fort Worth Public Health staff. I remember his assistance very well when he guided myself along with Tom Caylor, and Dr. Richard Shafer on our projects for the City.
He will be sorely missed. Sending my sincere condolences and sympathy. Hugs and prayers for his entire family.
December 30, 2018
I had the great fortune of meeting, falling in love with, and marrying Bobby's daughter, Meredith. As if she was not more than enough, I found myself welcomed into a beautiful, loving new family. Bobby was the first Jones I ever met, and he set the bar at a level that seemed impossibly high. Having met most everyone else by now, I can say that I have yet to be disappointed by the Jones family. But there will only be one Bobby Jones. I will miss his hugs, his kisses slightly less. And I will miss his jokes, particularly the very inappropriate ones. Rest in peace, Doctor Jones.
December 30, 2018
Bob was known by many names. Son, brother, cousin, nephew, husband, dad, granddad, and friend. My favorite name, the one I called him, was Uncle. A sweet giving man. Intelligent, kind, humorous. My heart is broken by his unexpected death. He leaves behind a family that will recall several funny and touching stories about him. We loved him deeply and love him still.