Mr. William Jones of Daingerfield was born on August 27, 1916, in Morris County, to the parentage of Pinkie Peel and Airi Jones. Mr. Jones worked as a plumber. He peacefully departed this life on the evening of Saturday, August 19, 2018. Mr. Jones lived to be 101 years of age.
At the age of nineteen, William married sixteen-year old Marie James. Three children were born to that union, Virginia (Gin), Doris and James (Billy) William. The couple lived in a farm shack until separating three years later. Marie took her children and moved to the Blue Front community, leaving William behind. When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 and the United States was at war, on September 10, 1942, William was drafted into the army. Not long after, Marie moved to California, with the intention to send for Gin, Billy, and Doris later. The three children did not move to California as planned but remained in Daingerfield as William insisted.
After the war ended, William was discharged November 4, 1945, decorated with medals he'd won as a soldier. He achieved the American Theater Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal the Victory Medal and the Rifle Marksmanship badge.
As a civilian, William took Gin, Doris, and Billy to live with him in the Blue Front community, where he assumed the role as single parent. Combing his girls' hair proved to be something he couldn't do very well, and he paid neighborhood females to wash, press and plait his daughters' hair, but he cooked the wild game that he killed and worked a full-time job. When the task of playing both father and mother became a daunting task, he formed a live-in relationship with Earlie Mae Frazier. She assumed the stepmother role and brought stability to the family. She cooked, cleaned, washed clothes, and brought the kids up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. After Virginia and Billy moved to Dallas to live with their mother, Doris, by choice, stayed behind with her daddy and Earlie Mae.
During that period of time, William fathered a daughter, Jeannie, by a lady living in Dekalb, Texas. Later, he dated another nice lady in the Green Street addition. Three boys were born from that relationship, Billy, Charles, and Robert, who is deceased.
At the age of twenty, Doris moved to Dallas, and years later, William married Margaret. They lived across the track from the Blue Front Cafe. Seven children were born to their marriage, Kaye, Archie, Kizzy, Frankie, Shay, BeBe, and Buddy Lucky. When their house burned down, William and Margaret moved the family to their present address on Bert Street.
All of William's children love him dearly and are thankful that God allowed him to live a long fruitful life.
Mr. Jones is preceded in death by his parents, sons, William R. Jones and Frank Jones, several sisters and brothers, and several aunts an uncles.
He lives to carry on his legacy, five daughters, Virginia (David) Gray of Dallas, Texas, Doris (C.B.) Rice of Dallas, Texas, Pamela Jones, Pinkie "Kizzie" Jones and Telitia "Shay" Brown; six sons, James "Billy" Jones of Dallas, Texas, Charles Jones, Billy Joe Jones, Don "Archie" Jones, William "BeBe' Jones, Jr., and Michael "Buddy Lucky" of Daingerfield, Texas; two brothers, Earnest Jones and A.J. Jones; and a host of other relatives and friends.