S. R. "Buddy" Jones, Jr., a native Texan, died Thursday, January 6, 2011, at 93 years of age. He was born in Texas City, Texas on December 11, 1917.
Buddy graduated from Galena Park High School in 1934, and he attended Rice University and the University of Houston. He began his career in banking in 1936 as a file clerk and a part-time janitor. Buddy entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and was assigned to the Finance Department, where he served in England and the European Theater of WW II until he was discharged in 1946. After his military service, he returned to his banking career and progressed rapidly through the ranks until he was named President of First Pasadena State Bank in 1959. In 1970 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer, and in 1975 he became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. After 50 years with First Pasadena State Bank, MCorp and MBank, Buddy retired from active service to the bank, and continued as Chairman Emeritus for many years in a semi-retired position.
Buddy served as President of the Texas Bankers Association (1966-1967) and on the Executive Board of the American Bankers Association (1968-1970). He was appointed by Gov. John Connally as a member of the State Finance Commission (1963- 1970), and he was an organizer of four additional community banks in south-east Harris County.
In addition to his banking career Buddy was a leader in the First Baptist Church of Pasadena where he became a member in 1941. He was a deacon, a Sunday School teacher, and he was occasionally called on to deliver a message from the pulpit. If requested, he would play the harmonica in church musicals. He also served the Southern Baptist Convention in various leadership roles, as well as being Chairman of the Baptist Church Loan Corporation of Texas. He was on the Board of the Union Baptist Foundation for 7 years.
Buddy was beloved and admired by all who knew him. In 1976 he was named the "Citizen of the Year" by the Greater Pasadena Chamber of Commerce where he also was a Past President. He was active in the Pasadena Jaycees, was an organizer and first President of the Pasadena Kiwanis Club, and was a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow in the Pasadena Rotary Club. He served as Treasurer of San Jacinto College for 25 years, and a building on the South Campus bears his name. He generously gave his time and financial support to many other worthy organizations in the Pasadena - Houston area.
In 1942 Buddy married the "prettiest girl he had ever seen", Mattie Ruth Linam, who survives him. They were married almost 70 years. Buddy is also survived by a son -Steven S. Jones (wife Ruth Ann Jones) and by a daughter-Ruthanne Jones Clinkscales (husband Marshall Clinkscales); 5 grandchildren- Amy Jones Atwood (husband Kirby), Alison Tidmore (husband Greg), John Clinkscales (wife Tiana), Rachel Clinkscales, and Sarah Clinkscales; and 4 great grandchildren-Kylie, Claire and Jackson Tidmore and Hadley Atwood.
S. R. "Buddy" Jones Jr. was a banker, a community leader, a man of faith in God and leader in the church, a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a friend of to all who knew him. He will long be remembered and greatly missed. The family would particularly like to thank Hilda Eagleton and the staff of Quality Living for the attention and care they provided to Buddy during his last years.
To remember and celebrate Buddy's life a reception and visitation will be held at Pasadena Funeral Chapel, 2203 Pasadena Blvd., Pasadena, Texas on Tuesday evening, January 11, 2011, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. You may visit www.PasadenaFuneralChapel.com
for additional details and directions. On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 2:00pm a memorial service will be conducted at First Baptist Church of Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Parkway at Red Bluff Rd.
Memorials may be made in Buddy's name to The Great Investment, First Baptist Church Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas 77505.