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Capt. Gary R. Jones Obituary
Jones, Capt. Gary R. Capt. Gary R Jones, 67, passed into our Fathers arms on Friday, November 30, 2012. Born on July 26th 1945 in Texarkana, Texas to Valer Mae and JR Jones. Gary was preceded in death by his mother Valer Mae Smith Jones of Wichita Falls, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie of 31 years; two sons, Jason Jones of Sulpher Springs, Texas, and Brian Johnson and wife, Amanda of Queen Creek, Arizona; 5 grandchildren, Caden, Addison, Dawson, Saryn and Griffin; parents, JR and Mable Jones of Farmers Branch,Texas; Gary's sister, Brenda Davis and husband, Roger Davis; nephew, Rick Davis and wife, Stacey and their son, Blake and great niece, Darbi Davis, all of Texarkana,Texas. Sisters Lorie Oliver and Sonya Green both of Carrollton; nieces, Meghann and Madison Oliver of North Dallas and nephew, Travis and wife, Miranda of Celina, Texas; three brother-in-laws, Michael Coates of Niles, Ohio, Stephen Coates of Millersburg, Ohio, Keith Woodson wife, Cathy and three nieces Annie Germschied, Christie and Kelsie Woodson of Rowlett. Gary attended school in both Daingerfield and Texarkana. He graduated from Texarkana High School in 1963. Gary was a proud member and officer of the United States Army. He was a graduate from OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1968 and after completing flight training at Fort Walters in Primary Helicopter he attended advanced helicopter training at Fort Rucker, Alabama in March of 1968. Gary was deployed to Vietnam where he was with the 187th AHC Crusaders and later with the RAT PACK (locate and rescue) 3/17 Air Cav and the 1001 Hunter Killer Team. Gary flew in Panama with the Unit Southern Command until 1971. Captain Jones received many awards and medals of which 38 were air medals, The Bronze Star w/Valor, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 2 Purple Hearts. When he returned to the states, Gary lived and worked in Sulpher Springs in the 70's then he worked in Houston for Gifford Hill in the Aggregate Division and later moved to the Dallas FW area to work for Gifford Hill & Co Dallas in the Redi-mix division as a salesman for many years. After Gifford Hill, Gary worked for other such construction materials companies like Houser, US Stone, Green Aggregates and Destructors. Gary loved to hunt in South Dakota with his Dad and in South Texas with family and friends. He loved to play dominos. He was an avid water skier, a sometimes golfer and he enjoyed fishing. Gary was a member of the Carrollton VFW and a member of the 187th Vietnam Helicopter Assoc. Gary was a humble man, a good friend and neighbor and he was very proud of his sons, his nephew and his grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the DFW National Cemetery at 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211 on Thursday, December 6th at 3:30pm. The Eulogy will be given by dear friend and fellow pilot Full Colonel Kenneth Pankey. A Celebration of Gary's Life will be on Saturday, December 8th at 4pm at the Circle R Ranch, located at 5901 Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound, Texas. Our gratitude to the VA Medical teams and sincere appreciation to All of the employees at the Dallas Veterans Hospital for 5 years of excellent care. We would also like to thank Vitas for outstanding Hospice. In leiu of flowers please send any donations to the Wounded Warriors Project at got@woundedwarriorproject.org


Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 4, 2012
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