PECOS James B. (Jimmy) Toone, 92, of Pecos, went to be with Jesus early Sunday morning, April 28th, at Martin County Hospital in Stanton, Texas.4/28/13|
He was born in Forreston, Texas, to John and Parilee Toone on October 27, 1920. He graduated from The College of Mines in El Paso and then joined the Army Air Corps. While in the service he became a B-17 pilot and flew 35 missions while he was stationed in Foggia, Italy. He received many honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, a Purple Heart, and five Bronze Service Stars. He married Melba Keen on March 8, 1950, in Carlsbad, New Mexico. They lived in Pecos, where he was a farmer, grocer, and realtor/broker. He was the owner of Toone Grocery and Supply for 54 years, where he made a difference everyday in the lives of all who shopped there. He was a proud Mason in the Masonic Lodge for over 63 years.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Melba of 43 years, his daughter Sherma Raymond, and brothers Herb Toone and Dale Toone.
He is survived by 2 children, John Toone and his wife Danette of Concordia, Kansas, Jamie Dillingham and husband Don from Granbury, Texas and Stanton, Texas; 6 grandchildren, Gary Raymond and wife Vielka of Panama, Julie Speck and husband Darin of Sandy, Utah, Jeff Dillingham and wife Laurie of San Antonio, Spud Dillingham and wife Victoria of Granbury, Madison Toone of Concordia, Kansas, and Morgan Toone of Nashville, Tennessee, and 3 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 30, from 6-8 PM at the Pecos Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 1, at 10:00 AM at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Pecos with Randy Foster officiating. The family will hold a celebration of life on Wednesday, May 1, at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church with Randy Foster officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pecos Senior Center or the First Presbyterian Church.
James was a wonderful man who loved his Lord, loved his church, loved his country, loved his family, and gave unselfishly to all.
He was a true hero to many and will be missed by all who were blessed to have known him.
Services entrusted to Pecos Funeral Home.
Published in Odessa American on Apr. 30, 2013