Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In Loving Memory

Today is bittersweet. I have received the formal word on a promotion I have been working toward for some time now. It's been quite a road and many hours, with help along the way that I cannot thank enough, and I am beyond thrilled for the opportunity. Most of what I will be doing are tasks that I have been doing before now, but they are tasks that I have always gravitated toward, and I am finally doing them officially, for real, and in a way that HR won't get fussy about. It's a great step, and my dad would be proud.

That's the bitter part, of course. He didn't get to see this. He helped make it possible, in so many ways over so many years, and I know he would be proud. I would give almost anything to be able to call him and tell him, but this way will have to do.

Dad, I got the promotion. They practically designed it for me, for my skill set, for a skill set you helped me develop. Thank you. I love you, and I miss you.

It doesn't get easier, but we learn.

Monty R. Jones, 59, was called home on April 26, 2013. He was born May 6, 1953, to Arthur Clyde and Barbara Sue (Barnes) Jones in Freer, TX. He married his love Mary Sharlene Elliott on August 7, 1971, in Beeville, TX.

Monty was a long term resident of Beeville, Texas, and an A.C. Jones graduate of 1971. At the time of his passing, Monty and his wife were residents of Odem, Texas, where they have lived for 15 years. Monty served with the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, where he enjoyed giving back to the community that he had grown up in. He spent many years as an oilfield worker in the South Texas area, where he was able to work his way up to a tool pusher position. He was an owner/operator for Whitey Patten / Lonestar Transportation Service for 24 years, where he was able to travel the country as a truck driver. His love for travel soon turned to the open water. Taking his first cruise in 1996 for his 25th wedding anniversary, Monty had found a new love. Since then, Monty was always looking forward to the next cruise.

Monty was a loving and kind-hearted man who would always looked for ways to give of himself for the benefit of his family and friends. Monty placed a very high importance on family. Never one to miss a family reunion, Monty greatly enjoyed the catching up, visiting and story telling that came with a family gathering.

Monty is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Sharlene Jones, and his two sons, M. Rhea Jones (Heather) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Richard A. Jones (Jennifer) of Cleburne, Texas. Also surviving are his brothers, Ricky, Ronnie (Paulette) and Mark (Gloria), and his sister Cindy, as well as his three grandsons, Julian, Collins and Joshua; and two granddaughters, Kayli and Riley.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Angelus Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Angelus Funeral Home Chapel with Matthew Gibson officiating. Interment to follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Beeville, Texas.

The family of Monty Jones would like to thank everyone for their prayers and kind words during his last weeks. There is a hole in that family today that will be filled with fond memories and the love of the family and friends whose lives Monty touched.

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