May 14, 2009

JAMES MOREY JONES (10/22/1917 - 5/8/2009)
(4/10/1931 - 12/11/2001)

James Morey Jones, 91, of Memphis, Missouri died Friday evening, May 8, 2009, at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri.

He was born in Stoddard County, Missouri, October 22, 1917, to Harvey Walter and Jenny Vida Cox Jones.

He graduated from high school at Carthage, Illinois. James married Lois Ellen Kimbrough in May of 1937 at St. Louis, Missouri. To this union a daughter and two sons were born. Lois died on Valentineís Day of 1970 at Bloomfield, Iowa. James then married Jeanette Mary Birchmier on June 20, 1970 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Bloomfield, Iowa and to this union a daughter was born. Jeanette died January 3, 1995, at Memphis, Missouri.

James was a farmer, having raised crops and livestock. As a young man he served with the Civilian Conservation Corp. He did construction work for several years and also worked as a dispatcher for the Memphis Police Department. He was a member of St. Johnís Church in Memphis.

He is survived by two daughters; Eileen of Aurora, Illinois and Joanne of Memphis, Missouri; a son Jerry J. Jones and his wife, Brenda, of Alexandria, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Ann Jones, of Burlington, Iowa; a brother, Walter Jones; and a sister, Ruth Taylor, both of Hamilton, Illinois. Other survivors include five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter as well as many other relatives, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives; a son, James R. Jones; a brother, Arthur Jones; two half-sisters, Ellen Noyes and Edna Carr; and a grandson, Wm. Eric Brandt.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at St. Johnís Catholic Church in Memphis with Reverend Bill Kottenstette officiating. Music was provided by Nancy Reardon, organist and Brent Karhoff, vocalist.

Burial followed in Oakwood cemetery at Hamilton, Illinois. Casket bearers were Bill Cottrell, Dr. William Dixon, Jim Ward, Leon Wheeler, Ron McElhinney and Kris Lister. Dr. Larry Wiggins and Frank Seaver served as honorary casket bearers.

Memorials are suggested to St. Johnís Catholic Church.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Memphis Funeral Home.

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