Harold Apperson Jones, 97, of Powderly, Texas, formerly of Pilot Grove, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Dubuis Hospital in Paris, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Pilot Grove Community Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Pilot Grove. Pallbearers will be Andrew Jones, Gary Romig, Louis Scott Jr., Robert Brownfield, Eugene Amick III and Joe Volbracht. Honorary pallbearers will be Duke McCurry, Everett Kahl, Steve Kraskin, Bill Vogt and Howard Johnson. Burial will be in Pilot Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to World Challenge Inc. in care of Meisenheimer Funeral Home.
Born March 21, 1906, in Denver, Colo., he was the son of the late Richard Lee and Martha Stephens Jones. On Dec. 3, 1955, in Kansas City, he married LaVern Stroup, who preceded him in death in November 1999. He was a member of Lighthouse First Baptist Church in Texas and member and past president of the Mid-Missouri Independent Telephone Pioneers Association. He was also a member of the Slater Rotary Club, Pilot Grove Lions Club and Marshall Gideons. He started working for Gilliam Telephone Company in 1926 and became general manager in 1927. He served 73 years as president and general manager of Mid-Missouri Telephone Company until Nov. 17, 1999. He was instrumental in starting KATY Manor Nursing Home in Pilot Grove and served as chairman of the board of directors. He also served as deacon for Heath Creek Baptist Church. He served as bank director for Bank of Speed, Central Missouri State Bank and Farmers Stock Bank. He loved trains and traveled to a lot of train museums around the country.
Survivors include two sons, John R. Jones and wife Ruthann of Brownfield, Texas, and David Jones and wife Angela of Powderly; one brother, Andy F. Jones of Hemet, Calif.; six grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; and one cousin, Nancy Nelson of Arlington, Va.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers and one son, Paul Dean Jones.
Additional information provided per family recompense.