James Edward Jones passed peacefully into eternal life with his Lord on July 4th, 2018. He was born on January 4, 1932 in Chariton, Iowa and is preceded in death by his mother Margaret Mary Murphy, his father Charles Edward Jones and stepmother Josephine Jones. Jim leaves a loving family, wife of forty-eight years Karen Jones, sister Mary Jane Cook (Don), stepsister Rae Jean Jones, stepbrother John Jones (Jeanie), daughters Susan Groenteman, Sandra D’Innocenti (Greg), Kelly Herrington (Wade), Kacy Larson (Cole), grandchildren Lauren Conway (Taylor), Spencer Stock (MacKenzie), Jacqueline D’Innocenti, Hayley Hamel (Steve), Rivers Herrington, Maddison Larson and great-grandchildren Rachel Hamel, Hannah Conway, soon to arrive baby Hamel and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was an industrious lifetime business entrepreneur and had a wide variety of jobs including egg candling, corn de-tasseling, auto mechanic, Carrier’s Insurance Company Chief Financial Officer, President of Transport Insurance Company, founder and President of Truck Office of America, partnered to bring the first REMAX real estate agencies to the area, and was a real estate broker, investor and manager. A veteran of the Korean war, having served in the U. S. Navy, he went on to earn an accounting degree from the AIB College of Business, in Des Moines, IA.
He and Karen first lived in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Dallas in 1971, then to the Hill Country in 1986 where he became involved in local politics serving in leadership roles on various governing boards including Chairman of the POA. He was integral in bringing the first medical clinic to HSB, served as President of the Lake Area Health Center Foundation and set the stage for the development of the first BSW specialty clinic and later a major hospital benefitting the local community.
Jim was an active member of St. Paul the Apostle Church and led several fund-raising efforts for the parish. He was also a member of the Paulist Associates, Mission Marble Falls volunteer and a CASA volunteer. His hobbies included “trying to golf”, antique cars, FOX news fan club, dog collecting and an appreciation for vintage watches and firearms. Jim was an inspiration to many, as his fighting Irish spirit and determination brought him through the other side of many medical challenges. He was a devoted husband and father who could be relied on to provide for and fiercely protect his family. Those whose lives he touched will smile as we picture him organizing the saints who have gone before him!
A vigil will be held at 6:00 pm on July 19, 2018 followed by a funeral service and reception celebrating Jim’s life at 11:00 am on July 20, 2018. Both will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 201 Dalton Circle, Horseshoe Bay, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul the Apostle – Church Building Fund at P.O. Box 8019, Horseshoe Bay, Texas 78657, and the City of Horseshoe Bay with specific designation to your choice of Horseshoe Bay EMS, HSB Fire Department or HSB Police Department at P.O. Box 7765, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657 and Mission Marble Falls at P.O. Box 9138, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657.
Arrangements entrusted to Cremation Advocates by Putnam, 206 Ave. H, Suite 204, Marble Falls, Texas 78654. (830) 798-8413.