Robert Vance Jones

March 2, 1931November 26, 2018

Robert Vance Jones of Mesquite passed away peacefully on November 26, 2018 in Dallas Texas. He was born March 2, 1931 to the late Mary Sparks Jones and W. R. Jones.

Robert was preceded in death by wife Jo Ann Jones, daughter Debbie Raney, his parents, brother Leroy Jones and grandson Joshua Jones. Robert is survived by his children Donald Jones, Lisa Ford Longbotham and spouse Dennis, Suzanne King Fleming and spouse Ken, Nathan (Eddie) Simmons and Sandy Erickson and spouse John; 6 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Robert graduated from Forest Avenue High School in 1950. He married Jo Ann Crane Simmons On November 26, 1965 and died on their 53rd wedding anniversary. Robert retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. after 34 years of service. In retirement, he and Jo Ann traveled the U.S. in their Air Stream with the Hitch & Pitch camping club.

Services will be on December 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Mesquite. Interment will follow at Mesquite City Cemetery. Family to receive friends on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Anderson-Clayton-Gonzalez Funeral Home, Mesquite Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Robert’s memory to LLL/First Baptist Church of Mesquite.

The family would like to thank Robert’s caregiver and friend Teresa Winfrey for caring for and loving Robert.


  • Cody King, Active Pallbearer
  • Ken Fleming, Active Pallbearer
  • Dennis Longbotham, Active Pallbearer
  • Weldon Foster, Active Pallbearer
  • Blayne Hodges, Active Pallbearer
  • Donald Jones, Active Pallbearer
  • David Ford, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Colby Ford, Honorary Pallbearer

  • LLL/First Baptist Church of Mesquite


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Joan Beck

November 30, 2018

Dear Donald, Lisa, Suzanne, Eddie, Sandy and families,

We know each one of you is experiencing sweet-sorrow emotions. To have had a father, grandfather and great-grandfather and friend like Robert is a blessing that comes only from our Lord. We feel the sadness of not having his physical presence. He left us with the most important gifts of all, the legacy of wisdom, influence, love, compassion and, now, memories. Everyone of us who had a relationship with your loved one has an example to follow, that of character, integrity and faith.

We met Robert and Jo Ann about 1979. I was working in downtown Dallas and needed transportation. I don't recall how I advertised to get into a car pool, but God answered my plea by sending Robert. I knew immediately he was a gentleman and gentle man. Our friendship with Robert and Jo Ann grew and will always remain among our most special relationships.

In our sadness, we thank God for having known Robert. Let us ponder the fact that Robert finished well. We pray that God will help us continue to pass on the values and faith he shared with us. The more we love, the more we miss that person when God calls our loved ones home...and God comforts us with the memories that never die.

We are praying for each one of you for strength, comfort and peace. Know that your loved one always spoke of you with pride and wanted the best for each one of you.

Our Sincere love and may God bless you, Joan & Ron Beck

Doyce Gilmer

November 30, 2018

There are so many memories I have of spending time with Robert and my Dad. All our Hunting trips together, Camping, Socializing ( which could be interesting at times ) and then our Fishing trips which leads me to this story. I must have been maybe 10,11,12 I'm not sure exactly how old but I know Donald, Suzanne and Lisa as well as my two sisters were all just kids also. We were in Red River NM and somehow Robert found a spot in the river outside of town and a ways off the road that we would catch Rainbow Trout one after the other. I think the limit was 6 a person ( not sure ). we would all have our limit within minutes and I can remember we would put the fish in Roberts vehicle and he would take them to the cabin and come back. this went on for a while. I would imagine there was close to 150 Trout caught before the thought of a Game Warden crossed there minds. We used of all things Velveeta Cheese. Robert was definitely a strong, caring, always fun to be with kind of man.

I will sure miss him
Doyce A Gilmer Jr

Rebecca and Dennis Snider

November 29, 2018

How we will miss you, dear man! Though friends for only a short while, we will remember you and Jo always!

Doyce Gilmer Sr.

November 28, 2018

We were best of friends for 68 years. I lost a GREAT Buddy.
Doyce Sr.