In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to "High Hopes" and left at the funeral home.
Russell Jones, Jr., age 76, of Jerico Springs, MO, went to his heavenly Father on January 1, 2013. He was born September 20, 1936, in Macon, MO, to Russell Sr. and Mozell Jones.
Russell served his country with pride in the United States Air Force. His period of active duty was from October 29, 1956 to October 28, 1960.
Russell was married to Marcella Jones for 26 years from 1964 until her death in 1990. Earlier in his marriage to Marcella he worked for Caterpillar Company in Peoria, Illinois. He came to Cedar County to farm, and he loved working outside and working on the farm. After retiring from farming in 1989 he continued to work for friends, neighbors and family. Russell also loved to mow lawns, cut wood, pick up pecans and collect hats.
Preceding Russell in death were his loving wife Marcella; father Russell Jones, Sr.; brother Donald Jones; and sister Barbara Gaines.
Survivors include his mother and step-father Mozell and Cole Jackson; his son Roger Jones and wife Christy; his daughter Christy George and husband Chris; his step-grandson Gavin Green; and his companion of ten years, Betty Brown.
Russell was a devoted and loving father and always enjoyed helping others. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Memorial services were held on January 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Pastor Stanley Vilhauer officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.