Jimmy (“Jim”) Frederick Jones passed away January 16, 2020 at the age 86. He was born November 22, 1933 in Clarita, Oklahoma, to William and Ruth (Daniel) Jones.
Jim was a retired Methodist minister where he served throughout the south for over 30 years. Jim loved basketball and shared that passion through coaching at the high school level.
Throughout his life Jim kept busy with multiple activities. He began his career with enlistment in the U.S. Navy. Jim served our country as an MP. Jim also loved the time he spent on the aircraft carriers directing planes in for landings.
After his time in the Navy, Jim enjoyed the combining of his love of people and driving, as he drove a Greyhound bus route from southeastern Oklahoma to Oklahoma City and back. Jim also added insurance sales to his full schedule.
Jim is survived by his wife Jo Ellen (Isbell) Jones of the home; sisters Margaret Beth Colby and husband Charles of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; and Kay Newmaster and husband Walter of Ada, Oklahoma; children Tonya Jones; Debra Jenkins of Durant; Barbara Henderson and husband Terry of Lander, Wyoming; James Bates of the home; and Eve Spaulding and husband Dave of Norman, Oklahoma; grandchildren Christopher Carpenter and wife Kelly of Winter Haven, Florida; Dustan Carpenter and fiancé Brandi Tobias of Lakeland, Florida; Summer Henderson and Anthony Mercil of Casper, Wyoming; and Bella, Sophia, Melania and Deklan Spaulding of Norman, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren Brittany, Alexis, Natalie and Maci Carpenter and Taylor Bowers of Florida; and Dalton Carpenter and Lilia and Cora Wilson of Florida; nephew Garry Colby of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; and nieces Lisa Williams and husband David of Oklahoma; Tiffany Layton and husband Matt of Ada, Oklahoma; and Rachel Newmaster Alfred.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, William Jones and Ruth (Daniel) Jones; son Michael Jones; and niece Charlotte Colby.
There was a memorial service for Jim January 21, 2020 at Fairview Baptist Church, 1200 W. University Blvd, Durant. Private service were held for interment. Services were under the direction of Holmes~Coffey~Murray Funeral Home in Durant; www.holmescoffeymurray.com