OBITUARY

Ronald Estes Jones

April 2, 1934February 14, 2013
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RONALD ESTES JONES, a loving husband, father and friend passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on February 14, 2013.

“Jones” was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on April 2, 1934. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1951 where he excelled academically and was captain of the state-finalist basketball team. He then went on to SMU where he graduated with a business degree, was a cheerleader who was recognized in the SMU Hall of Fame, and a founding member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation from SMU he joined the Air Force Reserve and became a fighter pilot, flying the F-86 Sabre. His lifetime professional career was in the field of insurance, where he began his career at Hartford Insurance Co. and subsequently launched the following companies: Ronald E. Jones Insurance Agency, Kinney-Jones Insurance Agency, Ranchers and Farmers Mutual Insurance Co., General Indemnity Insurance Co., Marketing Insurance Agency Inc., and culminating his lifetime career with the establishment of USE&O Brokers, which is the largest broker of insurance agents’ professional liability insurance in the country.

Following a lifetime of achievement and happiness, Jones was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of M. D. Anderson Hospital for all they did in Jones’ victorious fight with cancer.

Jones was a man that you could not help but like. Perhaps no one ever made a better first impression than he. The friendship you made with Jones when you met him was a friendship that lasted. When you met Jones you were going to like him, he was going to like you, and neither of you would ever forget the other. Jones loved people, he loved life and he especially loved his family. That love shone brightly through his smile and his eyes.

Jones was preceded in his journey to Heaven by his father, James Alton Jones and his mother, Ruby Mae Estes. He is survived by the woman he loved with all his heart, Sara Jones, along with four daughters and their families: Angela and Greg Schroder and children Scott and Sydney; Allison Cobb; Wynne and Ryan Wendt and children Andrew, Alex, Dylan and Riley; Melanie and Kenny White and children Kenny, Caroline and Emma. Jones is also survived by his brothers Wendell and Larry, and their respective families. Ron loved all his employees and business partners.

A burial service with military honors will be held at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77077 at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2013. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to any of the following organizations: Cox Risk Management Scholarship Fund Southern Methodist University Development Office Cox School of Business P. O. Box 750333 Dallas, Texas 75275-0333 Go online to the website at smu.edu/giving to complete form. Donations may be made online or the form may be printed and mailed. Include your check or credit card information.

Lone Star Flight Museum P.O. Box 3099 Galveston, Texas 77552 www.lsfm.org

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Development Office P.O. Box 4486 Houston, Texas 77210-4486 www.mdanderson.org

Services

  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud PLT Class 56-U

March 13, 2014

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Ronald Estes Jones our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for “Jones”. And to “Jones” it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during while serving in the U.S. Air Force. “Jones”, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to “Jones”'s family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

Mary Johnson

March 16, 2013

Sara and Family,
Having known Jones for 29 years, I am missing him. Best friends ! We always celebrated Valentine's Day together and we will miss that! Jones had such a booming voice. Sara knows we are there for her.

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Amanda Fenn Diaz

March 15, 2013

Jones you were not only a great boss, excellent business man, friend but also a second father figure for me. Thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to work for you and Sara with such great people, every day we think of you here in the office and can still hear your booming voice steering us in the right direction. You are missed and always loved! Amanda Fenn Diaz

James Cole

March 14, 2013

I am so sorry I had a bad email address. I am so sadden to hear of Ron's passing. He was one of my best friends throughout USAF Pilot Training. Ron kept you on your toes even when you didn't want to be. God speed my ole friend we are all not so far back in "Trail". I thought the world of Ron and you too Sara. May God pass his blessing on to the family that he loved so dearly. If anyone sees him tell him Lt. Cole will see him later. Jim Cole 56U