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Reba Jones

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Reba Jo Curry Jones LUBBOCK- Reba Jo Curry Jones, Lubbock resident for 42 years, was born May 15, 1923 and passed to her rest on January 11, 2013 in Austin Texas, where she had resided since December 2009 following hip-replacement surgery. She is survived by two sons, U.V. Jones III and wife Ettie of Midland Texas, and Joe David Jones of Austin Texas; four grandsons, U.V. Jones IV and wife Laura Berger of Midland, Bullard Williams Jones, of Broussard, Louisiana, Peter Maxwell Jones, and Peyton Daniel Jones, both of Austin Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Daniel Ray passed in 1992, as well as her husband, U.V. II, passed in 2008. They were both cared for by her until their deaths. Born Reba Jo Curry, daughter of F. Ray and Tommie Curry, and sister to her brothers Max Earle and Daroyl Ray Curry, Reba grew up in Altus, Oklahoma where their branch of the Curry family had moved from Waxahachie, Texas shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, and where her father made his living in partnership at a hardware and lumber businesses. Reba Jo early distinguished herself as a scholar, graduating two years before her class at Altus High as valedictorian. She attended Altus College, and upon the outbreak of World War II, worked for the Jackson County Draft Board in Altus from mobilization through the end of the war. While working at the Jackson County Courthouse in that capacity, she met and later married U.V. Jones II of Snyder, Oklahoma. He was a graduate of the Oklahoma Military Academy and the University of Oklahoma Law School and he was then a Kiowa County Attorney. In 1945, after moving to Snyder, she delivered her first of three sons U.V. Jones III, followed by Daniel Ray Jones in 1950, and Joe David Jones in 1957. In 1959, the family relocated to Seattle, Washington where her husband left his public and private law practice and completed his Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor) and Master in Law Library Sciences. They moved again in 1962 to Decatur, Georgia where her husband joined the faculty at Emory University Law School and again in 1966 to Lubbock, Texas where he co-founded Texas Tech Law School (then Texas Tech College) as Head Law Librarian and Professor of Legal Research and Writing, and later Professor Emeritus of the school. There the couple remained for 42 years until his death in 2008 and her retirement to Austin Texas in 2009, where she resided with her son, Joe David, and his family, in senior care, until her passing from complications of age. A life-long home-maker, Reba provided tender care for their son, Daniel Ray Jones, whose cerebral palsy required considerable sacrifice of all else, which she provided with love and constant home-care through his difficult 42 years, as well as raising to maturity and educating two sons, U.V. III and Joe David, while yet accomplishing the duties and activities required of a professional faculty wife, and even further service to her community through numerous contributions to the activities of First Christian Church of Lubbock Texas, which she made her family church home since their arrival in Lubbock. She was active in Eastern Star throughout her adult life. Reba Curry Jones maintained her early academic interests throughout her life. An avid reader and student of all subjects, as well as a skilled pianist, she attained two degrees (Literature and History) by correspondence despite domestic commitments that prevented a professional academic career of her own. For more than fifty years, she researched her family's genealogical History, documenting their migration to this continent and previous history, and recorded her 25th year as an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Lubbock Chapter) last year. She had many good friends, kept treasured life-long correspondence, and loved all that was high and noble in life. A devoted daughter to her parents, a life-long Big Sister to her brothers, a loving wife and caring mother to her sons and grandsons, her entire Christian life was devoted to family in its every root-and-branch. Brought to her rest before reaching her 90th year, her persistent and last thoughts were of her family and their welfare, not her own. A brilliant individual who chose to serve her family with a devotion that others could scarcely imagine bearing themselves, we ask that you celebrate Reba Jo's extraordinary life upon the event of her passing, in joy that her labor is complete. Services for Reba Jo Curry Jones will be held for all friends and family this Sunday, January 20, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the Hodges Chapel of First Christian Church, Broadway and Avenue X, Lubbock, Texas, with Pastor David Mindell conducting the service following a brief viewing. A reception will follow and last until 5:30 p.m. in the Green Room. Services are under the direction of Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Snyder, Oklahoma alongside her husband U.V. and son, Daniel Ray Jones. Following Reba's wishes, the family requests that, rather than flowers, any memorial gift received will be donated to the Texas Tech Law School endowment, which she and her husband funded in his name at his passing. To send online condolences, please visit www.franklinbartley.com.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 19, 2013
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