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Larry G. Jones

Obituary Condolences

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." LARRY G. JONES , died peacefully on July 14, 2005 after waging a lengthy and determined battle against cancer. Larry was born in 1948 in Paris, Texas, the son of Roscoe and Edith Johnson Jones, both of whom predeceased him. Larry was an honor graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in 1970 where he was a member of Kappa Sigma social fraternity and a number of honorary societies. Upon graduation, Larry began his lifelong successful career in public accounting at the international firm, Deloitte & Touche, where he recently celebrated his 35th year with the Firm. Larry was Managing Partner of the Houston Office of Deloitte & Touche. Larry was a member of the American Institute of CPA's, the Texas Society of CPA's, and the Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPA's. In addition to a successful business career, Larry was very active in civic and charitable affairs. He served on the Boards of Directors of a number of civic organizations in Houston, including the Greater Houston Partnership, Dress for Success, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas and Theatre Under the Stars. In addition he was a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the McCombs College of Business of the University of Texas and served as a member of the Houston CEO Diversity Council. In 2002, the University of Houston Downtown named Larry as the Outstanding Volunteer, recognizing his leadership and fundraising contributions to UHD including chairing UHD's major fundraiser, the Red Rose Ball in 1999 and 2000. He also chaired UHD's President's Advisory Council. Larry also devoted endless hours to fundraising for M.D.Anderson Children's Hospital Art Project, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Larry was also a longtime member, and former President, of BraeBurn Country Club and a member of the Houstonian Club. Larry always lived life to the fullest and thoroughly enjoyed himself in all aspects of his life. He approached every task, both in business and in his personal life, especially golf, with utter determination and absolute competence. Everything he did was done extremely well. Larry's quick wit and wonderful sense of humor endeared him to his many friends and colleagues who will greatly miss his company and friendship. In every circumstance, Larry always did and said the right thing at the right time. He will be sorely missed. In addition to his parents, Larry was predeceased by his sister, Sherry Kay Jones. He is survived by his loving wife, Lyn; and his daughters, Jennifer Jones of Nashville, Tennessee and Cary Jones of Los Angeles, California. He is also survived by his step-daughters, Wende Dunaway, Stacy McNair and her husband Stephen, Channing Dry, and Logan and Whitney Wells; and grandchildren, Stephen, Jake and Dylan McNair and Alexis Pratt, all of Houston. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from four o'clock in the afternoon until six o'clock in the evening on Sunday, the 17th of July, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons in Houston. A private graveside service, for the family to attend, will be conducted at Memorial Oaks Cemetery on Monday morning, the 18th of July. The memorial service for Larry will be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Monday, the 18th of July, in the Sanctuary of Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston. Following the service, all are invited to a reception in Larry's honor at a location to be announced in the church service bulletin. In lieu of usual remembrances, the family has suggested that memorials in Larry's name be directed to the University of Houston Downtown, Dress for Success, or one's charity of choice.

Published in Houston Chronicle from July 15 to July 17, 2005
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