Robert A. Jones
Robert Allen Jones, 88 from Dallas, Texas, celebrated his freedom from this bodily life and joined the woman he adored in heaven on July 4, 2019. Bob Jones was born in Lincoln County, Kansas, on July 12, 1930, to Melvin T Jones and Florence M Kelly Jones. He attended school in Barnard, Kan., where he graduated from Barnard Rural High School. He attended radio school after graduation, which assisted in him being employed by a radio station in Kansas.
He joined the Air Force in 1950, where he trained to be an airplane mechanic. He was later stationed in Newfoundland during the Korean War. After his military service, he returned to Dallas, where he had completed some of his military schooling. He later graduated from LeTourneau University, which is a private Christian school that had degrees that included engineering and aeronautical science. He lived and worked in the Dallas area for many years in several different professions, including as an aircraft mechanic and in different types of electrical engineering.
He met Mary Buford at the Highland Park Methodist church in Dallas. They dated for many years before he finally proposed to her in 1980. They continued to live and work in Dallas until they retired. After retirement they enjoyed traveling the world together until her death in 2011. She was the love of his life and he thought of her often even after her death.
Bob Jones was an avid Ham radio operator (call letters W5SYU) and a licensed Radio Amateur. He was licensed for well over 50 years. He is well known in his old neighborhood as well as at the retirement community, where he most recently lived, for still very much loving his radios and having antenna up every tree and high point for better reception. Right up to his death he always had his radios right with him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Jones, his mother, Florence Jones, his wife Mary Buford Jones and his brother-in-law Max E. Terrill. He is survived by his sister, Mildred M. Jones Terrill of Colo., numerous nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends both from church and the Ham radio operators.
A grave side service was Monday July 8, 2019, at the Salado City Cemetery in Salado, Texas.