Jan 26, 1919 - Dec 26, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Tom T. Jones, Sr. went to be with his Lord on December 26, 2012, at his home. He was born on January 26, 1919, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He proudly graduated from Texas A&M University in 1940 and joined the U.S. Army. Major Tom T. Jones proudly served his country as part of the Corps of Engineers for six years during World War II. He married the love of his life, May Tillar Sanders, on May 3, 1945, and they shared 56 wonderful years together. After the war, Tom went into the oil and gas business as a petroleum engineer. He spent many, many nights through the years on oil rigs in West Texas. After retiring at age 72, he began volunteering at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Center. He loved taking people on tours of "The Hall" and found a new career as a storyteller. Many a child fell in love with his Rattlesnake tale. He would also tell stories to other children's groups. A member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, he enjoyed being a tutor with Whiz Kids for six years. Tom lived life to the fullest, laughing and telling stories to the end. People would often ask Tom what his secret was to living such a long, happy life, and he would reply, "Red meat, good whiskey and wild, wild women." Tom was preceded in death by his wife; his son, Thomas Temple Jones, Jr.; and his brother, Eldridge Madison Jones. Survivors include his sister, Mary Fowler Jones Knopf, of Little Rock, AR; sons, Eddie and wife Lisa Jones, and Neal and wife Lexie Jones, both of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Lyn and husband Larry Clements, of Yukon, OK; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012, at Smith & Kernke N. May. The Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to Skyline Urban Ministry, 500 SE 15th St, OKC, OK 73129; or Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 27, 2012