Paul H. Jones, 86, of Glencoe died peacefully at home Monday, Nov. 5. He was the loving husband of Nellie Ruth Jones for 59 years. Paul was born in Glencoe in 1926, attended school at Stetson, Carrizozo, Ancho, and NMMI. He was wounded in 1951 in Korea and was discharged from the Army. He was a lifelong rancher and respected cowman.
He loved ranching and was a good neighbor to people in the Ruidoso Valley. He was recognized in 1969 when he received the first N.M. Range Management Award. He was named Farmer of the Year in 1992 by the Hondo District Soil Conservation Service. He also served on the Hondo SCS for four years and on the Lincoln County FHA Board for five years. Paul also served 16 years as representative from the Ruidoso District to the Lincoln National Forest Permitted Advisory Board; he served as chairman for ten of those years. Paul and Nellie have been active members of the Episcopal Church in Lincoln County and attend services at St. Anne's Chapel in Glencoe.
Paul is survived by his wife Nellie Ruth, three daughters: Annelle and husband Curry Reynolds, Debbie and husband Stan Thomas, and Cathy Jones. Bonus son: Johnny Hale and wife Carol. Four grandchildren: Jim Paul Whipple and wife Martha, Ben Sanchez and wife Kate, Jo Marie Sanchez, and Lindsey Thomas. Great grandchildren: Tylee and Kacee Whipple and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Tom and Ola, stepfather Elliot Jones, and brother, Tom. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Dan Lucas and wife Phyllis.
A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m., Nov. 8 at Holy Mount Episcopal Church in Ruidoso with Rev. Judy Burgess officiating. Burial will follow at the Jones Family Cemetery.
Family request in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Anne's Episcopal Chapel, or
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lagroneruidoso.com