Robert Paul Jones

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Robert Paul Jones, 86, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 16, 2020 in Marshall, MO of aggressive Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Due to health risk concerns with group gatherings, friends may call Thursday, March 19, 2020, from noon until 6:00 p.m. to pay respects and sign the guest book at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. No public visitation or funeral services will be held. Memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church in Marshall or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at www.LLS.org or send to LLS Mid-America Chapter 6811 Shawnee Mission Road, Suite 202, Cloverleaf Building 1, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202-4001.

Bobby was born on September 8, 1933 in Nelson, MO. The second son of the late C.T. and Beulah (Boulware) Jones, Bobby was raised and lived in Saline County his whole life. He graduated from Nelson High School where he was a basketball star. His love of basketball and cattle dominated his youth until he met and married the love of his life, Sarah Belle Martin of Blackburn. Married June 7, 1953 in Elmwood Methodist Church, Bobby and Sarah farmed near Marshall Junction where they raised their son, Carey, of Marshall, MO, Mary Jane Duff of Smithville, MO and Carol Milligan of Navarre, FL until 1975 when they moved to Marshall. The cattle business was always Bobby’s passion. He bought Marshall Livestock Auction in April 1972 and operated it for more than 30 years. The family business continues as Jones Brothers’ Livestock Auction, now owned by his grandsons, Chris and Eric Jones.

In addition to his wife, Sarah, Bobby is survived by three children; nine grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren; as well as two sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a close cousin, C.P. Parrish of Denver. His eldest child, Carey Paul and wife, Elaine, have 3 sons, Mark (Kelly), Chris (Melissa) and Eric (Crystal) and one daughter, Ashley Duncan (Chad). Their grandchildren include Alex, Ryan and Avery Belle Jones, Aden, Blaine and Addi Jones, Kaylee and Aubree Jones plus Alizah and Reagan Russell, Tinley and Eli Duncan. First daughter, Mary Jane Duff and husband, Jerry, have two daughters, Rachel Robinson (Michael) and Stefanie Duff (fiancé Ryan Busha). Their grandchild is Felicity Hope Robinson. Second daughter, Carol Milligan and husband, Rick, have three children, Peyton, Kyler and Erica. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles Roy Jones.