Oct. 1, 1930 - May 1, 2010
George Ray Jones, of 529 NW 4th, Milton-Freewater, Ore. passed away May 1, 2010, at his home at the age of 79 years. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of George Jones to the FFA or the Milton-Freewater Junior Show in care of the funeral home.
George Ray Jones was born on Oct. 1, 1930, the son of Charley Jefferson and Pearl G. (Vanover) Jones in Franklin County Arkansas. George's working years started at a young age. Being a straping young man he started working with his father cutting logs to be sold to the railroad for ties and was also known in the area as a good mule skinner. George had his twenty first birthday in Oregon where he spent the rest of his life. He married Carma Jean Derrick in Ontario, Oregon in 1953, the couple had two children, Diane and Ron. They also had a set of twins still born. George later married Mary Beck in 1964 in Ontario and they spent the rest of their lives together, until his passing. George had several jobs, owning his own Shell station in Ontario in the early sixties. He later worked at Massy Ferguson Tractor in Weiser, Idaho and at Gordon Ford Tractor in Ontario. He moved with his family to John Day, Oregon to work on a ranch for a short time before settling in Milton-Freewater in 1972. George worked as a mechanic at Adams Tractor until opening George's Farm Repair in Umapine in 1978. He later worked at Williams Dairy as a mechanic until his retirement.
George enjoyed work, hunting and being out of doors. He had many fond memories of hunting squirrels as a young man and being able to hit one with a single shot because of the scarce ammunition. In later years he enjoyed putting in a garden always with enough produce to share with everyone. George loved his family and being a grandpa, not only to his own grandchildren but to many other kids that referred to him as grandpa as well.
Survivors include his wife, Mary at the home; son, Ron Jones and daughter Diane Nicley, both of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; seven grandchildren, Kammi and Louis Moon of Hawaii, Stephanie Purcell of Hawaii, Zach and Eli Nicley, bothof Milton-Freewater, Brad Beck of St Anthony, Idaho, Scott and Tara Beck of Boise, Idaho and Dawndra Raybeck of Seattle, Washington; 5 great grandchildren; brothers, Arlin Jones of Jerome, Idaho, Charles Jones and Jim Jones, both of Fayetteville, Arkansas; sisters, Dean Pierson, Vonnie Ogden and Lucy McDaniel all of Fayetteville, Arkansas and other relatives and friends. His parents, sisters, Opal Calico, Cleo Ahart and a brother, Clinton Jones all preceded him in death.