John Burton Jones
October 8, 1947 – August 16, 2019
John Burton Jones died on Friday, the 16th of August 2019, in Houston, following a long battle with a rare form of Alzheimer's Disease. He was 71 years of age.
He leaves his wife of almost 45 years, Stella Mehos Jones; daughter, Alexis Jones and her fiancé Matthew Boswell of Los Angeles, California; son, Mark Jones and his wife Sara of Lake Cherokee, Texas; granddaughter, Lillian Jones of Lake Cherokee, Texas; brother, Bill Jones and his wife Sue of Rockwall, Texas; and many relatives and close friends.
Born on the 8th of October 1947, in Cassville, Missouri, the son of Manley and Emma Jeanne Jones, John moved with his family at a young age to Rockwall, Texas. Known to most as Johnny Jones (the preacher’s kid), he was an accomplished student and athlete at Rockwall High School and part of the infamous 1963 State Championship Football team.
Upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, John became an accomplished international banker for First City National Bank in Houston. The job took him to many foreign countries, primarily in Asia. First City also led him to the love of his life, Stella, a fellow First City banker. Their marriage began with an adventurous assignment in London, England, where they lived for three years. Returning to Texas, John and Stella started their family in Houston, where they lived for the rest of his days.
John was a highly respected banker for many banks, including Coastal Banc and Whitney Bank, from which he retired. During that time, he was known for his work mentoring young, first-time lenders. He also spent a considerable amount of time helping children in need through his many years on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Houston, TX. John never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need.
Besides his family and friends, John loved to spread his joy for the outdoors, music, fishing, and especially chocolate. He guided his children throughout many of their endeavors with his unique style of humor, intelligence, patience, and gentle nature. He also played a very active role in the Houston community. Despite having lost his vision early in his battle with dementia, John never failed to bring a smile to anyone's face. His sense of humor was one of a kind. He was a wonderful husband, father, "PapPap," and friend that will be missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.
The Jones family would like to extend a very special thank you to all of the caregivers at the Silverado Hermann Park Memory Care Center for their love and attention to John during the last few years.
A memorial service and celebration of his life is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Friday, the 20th of September, in the sanctuary of the Jones' church, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive in Houston, where Beth Case, Caring Ministries Pastor, will officiate.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the narthex of the sanctuary.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in his name be directed to The Alzheimer's Foundation, 322 8th Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001; to The Boys & Girls Club of Houston, 815 Crosby Street, Houston, TX 77019; or just buy a chocolate bar for someone in need of a smile.
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ROBERT C HOWARD
August 26, 2019
My dear Stella and all the Family, so many happy memories of John over the years as a true friend, professional colleague with his footsteps known globally by so many. John will also be remembered as an accomplished sailor aboard the "Bluenose" accepting orders from the "Captain" with alacrity!
He will sorely missed by all and with condolences from the Howard Clan and God's Blessings Bob
Lynne and Johnny Williams
August 25, 2019
We were so sorry to learn of John’s passing. He was admired and appreciated by all who knew him. A great family man and a mentor to young people. Your friends mourn with you and your family, Stella. Much love to you all.
John E Davis
August 24, 2019
How wonderful to see John again, now,......in this picture. Thank you for gifting us with it, Stella.
Thinking about John so much, as all of us who read these notes must do, surely we are all remembering him very much this way. He was always welcoming or seeking, then sharing something to laugh with you about. He almost dared you to not enjoy life and chuckle with him at the sheer joy of it’s constant gifts.
Thank you so much, John!!
August 21, 2019
Stella, I am so glad that Bob and I were able to visit with John last month as well as connect with Mark. From Culver in 1968, to a new relationship at First City in 1974, I have truly cherished our friendship our all these years. John, a brother at First City and a fellow Northeast Texan, I always held John in high regard for his leadership, friendship, charismatic personality, and great laugh. He had no enemies, only friends. His pain and difficulties have been washed away as he is now resting in eternal peace. We will all join him in our own time. I look forward to seeing him again. Much love and prayers to you and your loved ones. Kent
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