James Jim Lee Jones

March 31, 1934 ~ September 21, 2010

James Lee Jones, 76, of Sandwich, IL died at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 in a Lake Charles, LA hospital.

Jim was born March 31, 1934 in Plano, IL and was a 1952 graduate of Plano High School. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Jim was a fifty year member of the Mason Lodge, having been a 32nd Degree Mason with the Shriners. In 1992 he retired from Tri-City Reality in Plano, IL after twenty-one years and moved to Lake Charles, LA, where he worked for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office as a Crossing Guard at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic School. He was a member of Plano Christian Church in Plano, IL and Community Christian Church in Lake Charles, LA. Jim was a member of the Plano Rotary Club, serving in various elected positions and also the Aurora Moose Lodge. He enjoyed baking and making stained glass and never met a stranger.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of fifty-one years, Ruth Bell Jones of Sandwich, IL; daughter, Denise Schell and husband Dean of Sandwich, IL; sons, George A. Jones of Sublette, IL and Brian K. Jones of Wheaton, IL; brother, Charles R. Jones and wife Mary; sisters, Carol Spears and husband James, all of Plano, IL and Jean Haycraft of Sheridan, IL; grandchildren, Chad, Bobby, Kristi, Stephanie, Danielle, Rachel, Jackie, and James; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Ashley, Michael, Nick, Amanda, and Alyssa; adopted grandson, Gavin Barham and dad, Bret; and numerous other family members and friends in Lake Charles.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelty and Emma Jones; brothers, Ralph and Everett Jones; brother-in-law, Floyd Haycraft; and two nephews, Casey and Shelty J. Jones.

His visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A memorial service will be at Beverage Funeral Home in Sandwich, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic School or to the family for medical and travel expenses.

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  1. Growing up as Denise's best friend (sister) since we were 5 years old, I have so many memories of being at their house. I got to know Jim as Denise's dad and as I got older (lived across the street from them for awhile) as a friend. He made the best breakfasts on Sunday mornings. You were like a second dad to me Jim, and I will miss you deeply. Tell my dad Hi when you see him in you always,Brenda

  2. Mr. Jones was a good nieghbor. He was interested in our lives and the folks in our nieghborhood. He would speak to walkers and he kept Cindy and I up to date on any developments.He also kept an eye on my dog when she would sometime escape. We liked Mr Jones.We think he was a special nieghbor and I don't think my kids will either.We will pray prayers of thanksgiving for his life and for Mrs. Jones.Reggie,Cindy,Clifford,Christa and Kate Courville

  3. The world just lost a wonderful man, father, grandfather and uncle, but God just gained a special angel to watch over us. Gonna miss you Jim………love ya lots!

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