Melvin Robert Jones was born March 4, 1928, in Duncan, Okla., and passed away at 7:14 a.m. on July 3, 2017, at his home in Fate, Texas, surrounded by family. Melvin grew up in Duncan. He was half Choctaw Indian and was a member of the Choctaw Nation. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1946 where he served in World War II and was honorably discharged in 1948.
On March 3, 1949, he married the woman of his life. They married in Riverside, Calif., where he worked at Rohr Aircraft for 35 years and raised his five children with his wife. In 1981 they retired to Kingman, Ariz., where he continued to work as a security officer at The Regency Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nev., for 12 years. Shortly after his wife passed in 2000, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he lived with his two daughters, Sue and Pat.
Melvin enjoyed playing tennis, walking, playing video poker and gardening. But he lived for his family. They were the most loved and cherished among all his belongings. He will be greatly missed and was loved by all. He never met a stranger.
Melvin was preceded in death by his mother, Essie Jones; father Robert Melvin Jones; his wife of 51 years, Priscilla (Brownie); and his siblings, Paul, Margaret, Ruth, Josephine, Juanita, Ward (Carol), Harley, Shirley and Ray.
Melvin is survived by his children, Jimmy (Diane), Patricia, Sue, Roberta (John), and Melvin Jr. (Angie); grandchildren Shawn (Vida), Jerol (Jennifer), Eric, Carrie, Micah (Becky), John David, Matthew, Robert, Marcy (Joe), Erin (Thomas) and Kelsey (Colt); great-grandchildren Shawn (Annalyse), Philicia, Sarah, Chase, Christopher, Bryce, Brittanee, Landin, Derek, Austin, Priscilla, Evelyn, Chadwick, Ronnie, Zadyn, Grayson, Logan, Jaylee, Caryssa, Colby and Carter; great-great grandchildren Emma, Ana Lou, Jayden and Joslin; and many nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date in both Rockwall, Texas, and Kingman, Ariz.
Services are under the direction of Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gonino Center for Healing, Tree of Life, In Memory of Melvin Jones, 2016 Patient of the Year. Make checks payable to Gonino Center for Healing, 6720 Horizon Road, Heath, TX 75032, 469-402-2800.
Published on July 5, 2017