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John Jones
John M. Jones, 90, of Fort Smith, passed away at his home Saturday, April 27, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.
John is survived by his wife of 70 years, Gloria Novak Jones; his three children, Jon Richard Jones of Colorado, Kimberly Jones White and husband Phil of Fort Smith and Jamie Jones West of Chicago; three grandchildren, Derek Lewis (Natalee), Peter Lewis (Andrea) and Sarah Lewis Johanson (Grant); three great-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren on the way; his sister-in-law, Diane Jones; his nephews, Mark (Deborah), David (Janet) and John Stephen Jones; and niece, Julie Jones Watts (Donnie).
John was preceded in death by his parents, Cloyce and Cordelia Jones; his brother, Bennie Jones; and his sister, Beth Jones Hawkins.
John was born Dec. 11, 1928, in McCaulley, Texas. He graduated from McMurry College in 1949, where he had met Gloria, and they were married June 1, 1949, at First Methodist Church in Abilene, Texas. Jan. 1950, he joined Schlumberger Well Services and he and Gloria made their first home in Abilene. Soon thereafter, he was drafted during the Korean War and rose through the ranks to graduate from Officer Candidate School as second lieutenant before being honorably discharged from the Corps of Engineers in 1953.
Back to Schlumberger after his discharge, John and Gloria began their journey from Texas with their three children to New Mexico, Colorado, Alaska and Louisiana before settling back in Houston. After 37 years, John retired from Schlumberger and began to seriously pursue his passion for photography and nature. He and Gloria traveled to each continent — more than once — over a span of 35 years to capture the beauty of nature and wildlife, with particular appreciation for the national parks throughout North America. John meticulously researched and catalogued the subjects of his photographs and frequently shared his labor of love in presentations and publications.
John's approach to photography mirrored his approach to every pursuit he embraced throughout his life, from accomplished musician to master craftsman to outdoor enthusiast, with focus, precision, dedication and excellence.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.
Celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, in the Roebuck Chapel at First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Bend Conservancy of Big Bend National Park in Texas online at www,bigbendfriends.org.
To place an online tribute for John, go to www.edwardsfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Record on May 1, 2019
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