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     William “Bill” Francis Foster Jones, 86, of rural Liberal, Missouri passed away suddenly on August 1, 2015 as a result of an auto/train accident near Liberal.  Bill, as he was fondly called, was born on September 23, 1928 to Wilbur Lee Jones and Ethel Lasley Jones on the family farm northwest of Liberal.

      Bill was a country boy who had an infectious grin and never met a stranger.  He could strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere.  To the dismay of his family he was even known to pick up a hitchhiker on occasion just because he felt badly for them.

     Bill attended a rural school in Vernon County until 4th grade at which time his family moved back to Barton County and he attended the rural Lone Star School.  While attending Lone Star he had one of his aunts, Lucille Lasley Blackman for a teacher.  Bill graduated from Liberal High School in 1946.  During his high school years he had the pleasure of having his uncle Bob Lasley as his agriculture teacher.  He and Bob had a life-long admiration for each other and each would seek advice from time to time, from each other.

     Bill was drafted into the Army in January, 1951, leaving Barton County with several other county boys who became life-long friends.  He also spent time in Germany, again making life-long friends.

     On May 9, 1953 he married Ruby Ruth Hininger and to this union two daughters were born, Leann and Laura.  This union later ended in divorce.  On April 3, 1971, Bill and Marjorie Bunton Crockett were married in Joplin, Missouri

     Bill was a true steward of the land.  He was constantly building terraces, grassed waterways and diversions to prevent soil erosion.  He served on the very first Barton County Soil and Water Conservation District board when it was organized in 1960.  One of the highlights of his stewardship was being named Barton County Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1996.  He shared this honor with his granddaughter, Valerie, as she was a first place winner of the Conservation FFA Essay Contest that same year.

     Bill farmed his whole life and the last two days of his life were spent in the hay field baling small square bales.  He also worked 36 years for the Mackie Clemons Coal Company as a dirt hauler, oiler on the dragline, and lastly draglines operator.

     He was a member of the Liberal Christian Church where he served as a deacon and on the church board.

     He is survived by his lovely wife, Marjorie, of 44 years; his daughters, Leann (Bruce) Barker, Liberal, and Laura Scarlato, Richmond, Texas; three granddaughters, Valerie (David Biggs) Barker, Kari (Joe) Meadows, and Remington Scarlato; a grandson, Tanner Scarlato; one great-granddaughter, Kasyn Meadows.  Bill is also survived by one sister, Norma Fox, Edmond, Oklahoma; step-children, Tom & Wilma Crockett, Liberal, Louise & Denny Egbert, Shawnee Mission, Kansas; Kathy & Mike Conduff, Denton, Texas.  Also several nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lucille Jones.

     Bill will be greatly missed and was admired and loved by many.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 5th at First Christian Church of Liberal.  Burial will be in Worsley Cemetery southwest of Bronaugh.



#8 Bronaugh,MOLyle and Loretta Smith Hoove 2015-08-05 06:07
Sending our condolences, love and prayers for this difficult time knowing it is never easy giving up our parents. I don't remember a time we didn't know and love your family as friends and neighbors many bus rides and school activities. May God in His wonderful mercy and grace continue to wrap His loving arms around you and provide the love and peace you need at this time.
#7 Sam &Cheryl dohle 2015-08-04 22:23
So very sorry to hear of bills passing. He was a kind man who never failed to wave or stop to talk when ýou seen him.he will be greatly missed.our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
#6 Lamar MoLisa Heath 2015-08-04 16:00
Was so sad when I heard that Bill had passed away. He always had a interesting story to tell. I always enjoyed waiting on him and will miss him coming in the office. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
#5 Rilda Manley 2015-08-03 12:55
Sending my condolences to the family of Bill Jones. I'm very sorry for your loss and sending prayers for all the family. I pray that God will wrap his arms around each one of you and help you through the days to come.
#4 Clinton, MOBob and Arvie Fenwick 2015-08-03 07:08
Dear Hearts, Marjorie, Leann, Laura and all the family,... Arvie and I extend to you our deepest sympathy in the passing of our friend Bill. We share your grief, but yet we praise God for sparing Bill the agony of an extended time of suffering. Our sincere thanks to each of you for the many fond memories we have of good times with you in our Lord's labor of love, and we praise God with you in the sure and certain hope we have in Christ Jesus of a beautiful home in glory for all who love Him and Lord and Savior. May God bless you all with that special peace of mind and soul as only HE can. Our love always,.. Bob and Arvie
#3 Liberal, MOJohn & Linda Shomin 2015-08-02 14:22
So sorry for your loss. Although your Dad was much younger than mine, "Bud" Essex, they did a lot of business together. Still remember fishing in the pond across from the house. When my Dad died I was devastated and my mother-in-law told me that "God closes a door and opens a window." Praying that you'll find that window soon.
#2 Shreveport, LANorman Counts 2015-08-02 12:20
I am saddened to hear of Bills passing. He was a good man who over the years provided jobs to the boys of the Liberal area. He gave many of us a place to fish and hunt. He will be missed, they dont make em like that anymore.
#1 Rhonda Bergman & Jim Yates 2015-08-02 07:50
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Jones was a very nice, we known resident of Barton CO. Mainly Liberal,MO area.He would bring fescue to Liberal, where my mother Dixie & I worked. We enjoyed visiting w/him. My husband Jim Yates was his boss Mackie-Clemen's & he said he was just an all around great guy. Prayers of comfort & peace to the family the arms of angels wrap around Mrs. Jones as she is comforted for her loss

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