Russ Alan Jones, 62, passed away unexpectedly August 23, 2023.
Russ was born to Coy and Dixie Jones on September 27, 1960. After graduating from Brownfield High School, Russ attended South Plains College in Levelland, receiving his Associate’s Degree in Welding Technology.
He continued his studies at Angelo State in San Angelo, and graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville in 1988, with a BS in Industrial Technology. Russ completed graduate studies at Dallas Baptist University, obtaining his MBA in 2000.
Russ’ career in aerospace began with LTV, Grand Prairie, in 1988, which was eventually Vought Aircraft, later merging with Northrop Grumman. He moved from the Grand Prairie plant to the Sector Headquarters in Las Colinas. He eventually moved to the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, but still remained as an employee of Northrop Grumman. Russ retired as a manufacturing engineer from Northrop Grumman on October 1, 2020. Russ was exceptionally proud of his contributions to the B-2 Stealth Bomber, C-17 Globemaster, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Russ loved his chosen career in aerospace.
Russ enjoyed included anything his daughter was involved in or participated in. He was a very quick study in the world of theatre and musicals, in awe of Caitlin’s accomplishments, and never prouder than having a permanent front row seat to all her endeavors and aspirations. He loved art of all mediums and was an accomplished sculptor. Russ gave his time and immense talents to family and friends, many the recipient of gifts of his own design and construction.
Russ was self-taught in numerous areas of his choosing and those which would further his assistance to others. Russ enjoyed the “art of the grill” and Texas High School football, specifically his beloved Aledo Bearcats. Russ volunteered with various organizations. Blood donation to Carter Blood Care was regularly scheduled and he had contributed to various blood banks throughout his adult life.
Russ proudly served as ordained deacon, first at Hampton Road Baptist Church in DeSoto, and later First Baptist Church in Willow Park. Russ was a student of his Bible, spending time daily in devotional and God’s word. During the past years Russ found joy in West Texas, enjoying the wide-open spaces, photographing and sharing pictures with his “community.” It was there he completely refurbished his father-in-law’s 1953 Ferguson tractor. Russ also previously completed the task of total restoration of his dad’s 1961 Ford F-100.
Russ and Pamela married March 10, 1984. They enjoyed 39 years of life, marriage, and travel in the U.S. and to numerous foreign countries.
Russ is survived by his wife, Pamela, of Aledo, and daughter and son-in-law, Caitlin and Preston Isham of Fort Worth; his mother, Dixie Jones of Brownfield; brother, Dr. Matt Jones (Sherry) of Tyler; sister, Martha Everheart (Clay) of Bronte; and brother, Walt Jones (Kim), of Arlington. Russ is also survived by four nephews and one niece. In addition, survivors include two uncles, Loman (Lavoy) Jones of Levelland, John (Fran) Jones of Tyler, mother-in-law, Edith Muncy of Floydada,and sister-in-law, Penny Giesecke and husband, Mike of Floydada.
.A visitation and memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, at Aledo United Methodist Church. Burial will be Monday, September 4 at Floydada Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Brownfield United Methodist Church (Brownfield, Texas), The Firehouse Theatre (Farmers Branch, Texas), First Baptist Church Music Ministry (Floydada, Texas) and Floydada Cemetery Association (Floydada, Texas). Please consider a blood donation to a bank of your choice.
The Community News
September 1, 2023