Robert “Bob” Jones, Jr., 80, of Amarillo, died Thursday, March 1, 2012.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Llano Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin Deckard officiating. Military Rites are by DAV Chapter 26. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Bob was born to Robert Walton and Irene Jones on May 30, 1931 in Paris, Tennessee. The family moved to Amarillo when Bob was 2. Bob grew up in Amarillo, was involved in Boy Scouts, and was one of the original 12 Kwahadi Dancers. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1949 and went on to Texas A & M, where he was a member of the Letterman’s Association and was captain of the fencing team. He graduated in 1953 as a commissioned officer lst Lt AUD CE training officer stationed at Ft. Benning, GA and Ft. Leonard Wood, MI during the Korean War. In 1953, he married Sally Wright. Bob joined the Kiwanis in 1959. He was President from 1976-77 and received the distinguished George H. Hixson Award and a 50 year Legion of Honor Award with 35 years of perfect attendance.
Bob and Sally both worked with Bob’s parents at Jones Friendly Shoes on Polk Street until 1960. Bob became an independent insurance salesman and enjoyed investing in Oil and Gas. He was an avid hunter and fisherman with a black Lab by his side. When Bob was a boy he enjoyed carving wood and became quite an artist. When asked how he could accomplish such realism he said “I carve away anything that doesn’t look like a bird”. Bob carved, Sally painted and they traveled around the country to art shows winning several awards. The birds are now on display at the Kwahadi Indians’ Kiva. Bob loved his family, his church, his community and his country. He was a warm, genuine, loving, man who never met a stranger and will be missed by anyone who ever had the privilege of meeting him.
Survivors include a niece, Caren Burns and husband, Michael of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a nephew, Rick Carlton and wife Julia of Castle Rock, Colo.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to St. Jude’s St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905