Bernard Clark (B.C.) Jones was called home to heaven on April 27, 2017 after 93 years on this earth. B.C. Jones was born on September 23, 1923 at Gause, Texas in Milam County. Services will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Rev. Jack Chelf officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park. A visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 P.M. prior to the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster.
As a child Bernard started life in a time of no electricity or indoor plumbing in central Texas. As a child he could remember doing his homework by the light of a coal oil lamp. B.C. had two educations one in school where he excelled in math and athletics. His second education was learning to live off the land and provide for yourself taught by his loving mother and father during the time of the great depression.
After high school graduation B.C. attended Texas A&M University and married the love of his life, Althea Morel, for the next 63 years. He was employed by Missouri Pacific Railroad when the bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred and enlisted in the Navy. His time in the Navy was spent in the south pacific. B.C found himself on the front lines of the battle for the pacific as the US military island hopped their way to victory. His gunboat (LCI-G 727) sometimes no more than 50 yards offshore would provide cover to Marines in the form of suppressing fire power using rockets and machine guns so the ground troops could establish a beachhead. B.C manned a 20mm machine gun. Being trained from a young age with firearms helped B.C earn his marksmanship accommodation from the Navy. Some of the WWII pacific battles B.C took part in were Peleliu, Angaur, Kwajalein, Corregidor and Tulagi. After the war ended B.C. returned to Texas and continued working for the railroad as a train dispatcher for the next 42 years. After retiring from MOPAC/Union Pacific B.C. went on to have a second career working part time at the Texas State Railroad in Palestine Texas. In B.C.'s off time he enjoyed traveling the USA, Canada and Europe.
B.C. Jones was a member of First Baptist Church of Palestine since 1950 and was a faithful servant of Christ. B.C. was a lifelong Texas resident other than spending 5 years in Louisville Kentucky with his son following the death of his wife. Bernard was known for his gentle nature and soft spoken way. He followed the speak quietly and carry a big stick rule for life. He was a fine Christian gentleman and very devoted to his family. He will be deeply missed.
B.C. Jones was preceded in death by his parents Jess and Mary Barker Jones, his wife of 64 years Althea Morel Jones, son Ronald Craig Jones. He is survived by brother Melvin Jones (wife Una) of Georgetown, Texas, sons Larry Jones (wife Sherrie) of Longview, Texas and Stephen Jones (wife Monite) of Louisville, Kentucky. Eight grandkids and six great grandkids. Special thanks to the family of Mike and Gail Calcote for their loving friendship and to the kind care our family received from Hospice of East Texas and Dr. Gary O'Donell, Klause Kuehl, PA and Christina Smith, MA and the staff.
Pallbearers will be Eric Smith, David Richie, John Goodman, Steve Jenkins, Harold Holloway, Lee Bishop, Ricky Naismith, and Tom Witte.
Removed from this earth but never from our memories, your spirit lives on forever in our hearts. Till we met way up yonder in heaven. We love you Dad.
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Published on April 28, 2017