James Courtney Jones Jr|
August 10, 1925 - May 7, 2013
SALEM - James Courtney Jones Jr., known best by his friends as "Court", age 87, passed away on May 7, 2013 following a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Courtney was well known throughout the Salem - Keizer area, having been involved in numerous civic and community service organizations throughout his adult life. Courtney is survived by his wife Dolores; along with loving children Linda Heniges (John); Dan Jones (Donna) and Bob Jones (Dona).
Courtney was born in Salem, Oregon on Aug. 10, 1925, to James Courtney Jones Sr. and Pearl C. Jones. Courtney's father was a Stone Carver and Mason, who owned Capital Monumental Works, which produced granite and marble carved monuments and burial headstones. This was extremely physical work which taught Courtney a strong work ethic. This esteemed trait stayed with him to become a successful businessman and respected citizen of Salem, Oregon. Courtney was the oldest of three boys that included brother Daryl F. Jones (deceased 1997) and Donald L. Jones (Joan).
Courtney attended McKinley grade school; Leslie Junior High; and Salem High School. He excelled in athletics and academics; while also playing varsity basketball and the trombone in the school band. Courtney was a veteran of WWII, where he served in the Naval Air Corps. After the war, Courtney attended Oregon State and Willamette University, continuing to play varsity basketball. He continued to enjoy his music by playing the trombone as a member of the Glen Woodry and Bill DeSousa dance bands.
Courtney married Dolores M. (Hamilton) Jones on June 22, 1947. This union produced four children; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. Courtney was a dedicated family man, always there to lend a hand to those in need.
Courtney was strongly dedicated to the Salem, Oregon community. He actively participated in the following organizations; American Legion Post 136; Masonic Lodge; Salem Elks Lodge 336; Salem Optimist Breakfast Club; South Salem Rotary; and the Argonauts Drum & Bugle Corps (1963-1977) whose directors and members became integral members of the "Jones' Extended Family." For this he received the Salem Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award, 1978.
To support all of this, Courtney began his career with Standard Oil of California in 1948 as a delivery truck driver. Through the following 55 years with endurance and great determination, he came to own the J.C. Jones Oil Company, serving the mid-Willamette Valley. This enabled him to employ several people in the community and family members.
Services will be at 1:00pm Friday May 31st at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Throughout his life, Courtney Jones proved that it's not what you have that's important. It's what you do with what you have that's important.
Published in StatesmanJournal on May 19, 2013