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J. B. "Jack" Jones, Jr
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Birth: Aug. 2, 1932
Yarbro
Mississippi County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jan. 30, 1999
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

Jack Jones only lived 66y 5m 28d. He had a hard life with many challenges and pitfalls. The biggest hurdle was Alcohol and death of his only son Michael Joseph Jones. He lost his family, children, sisters, and so many others, due to the dependency of the bottle. Through those years Dad had several wives, however; the love of his life & wife:
Josephine Dorothy Ovies
Children:
1.Antoinette Mary Jones b:1953
2.Michael Joseph Jones
(20 Feb 1955~08 Jun 1955) he lived only 3m 18d ^j^ Cause of death SIDS
3.Cathy Anne Jones b:1956
4.Judith Ann Marie Jones b:1958
5.Patricia "Patti" Kelly Jones b:1960
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Parents:
"JB" James Bolin Wesley Jones Sr. (1887-1972)
Mary Lavina Neill (1898-1975)
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Sisters:
1.Louneill Josephine Jones(1926-1978)
2.Rebecca Mary Jones (1928-1971)
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J.B.Jr. Jones as it is written on his birth certificate from Mississippi County, Arkansas. J.B. stands for (James Bolin). However; Dad always went by the name of Jack Jones
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Nathan Jackson Neill (1861 1933)
Rachel Rebecca Presson (1864 1947)
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Paternal Grandparents:
James Jefferson Jones (1859 1924)
Margarett Ann Bolin (1863 1942)
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As a recovering Alcoholic, the greatest gift Jack Jones could do, was to spend the remaining years of his life helping others to achieve Sobriety. The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center found my Dad in dire straits. They took him in, got him clean & sober. Taught him counseling & a life of sobriety. Dad began to work at The Harbor Light Center, teaching others the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. He touched the lives of so many people as he lived his life through those 12 Steps. As it is said "he talked the talk, and walked the walk.
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"Say What You Mean", Mean What You Say, Don't Say It Mean".
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Dad had a turbulent life, with dependency, failed marriages, loss of his son, homelessness, dealings with the police, and geographical moves, however; inside he was a very loving and deeply sentimental man. He wanted so badly to love and be loved. Dad never was taught how, until he was sober & clean.
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His daily prayer was The Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change. Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.
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God, Serenity, Accept & Wisdom. Not just a prayer.
Its a way of life.
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We had 11 wonderful sober years together, Jack & I, before his earthly journey ended. I thank God every day for finally giving me my Dad, Jack, to love him just the way he was. It was difficult at first to call him Dad, but as time went on that came very natural. The peace of finally knowing who my Dad really was has been a wonderful blessing.
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Life is difficult enough, but when divorce messes up families, blood relatives get lost in translation. I wouldn't have met my DAD if it hadn't been God sent. On a summer day in 1986, my Mom, Josie Drago, was hungry, walked into this little neighborhood bar, that she knew had great roast beef sandwiches. Much to Josie's surprise, sitting at a table drinking orange juice was my Dad, Jack Jones. They were both surprised. Dad was SOBER, and Mom was hungry, and Time does seem to HEAL Old Wounds.
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Jack & Josie had not seen each other for over 23 years. Surely, this was a heavenly intervention. My Dad, Jack had been sober since 8 Jun 1980. He asked if he could see the "girls". He didn't feel like he deserved that right, because he had been gone for over 25 years.
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I grew up wondering every day, who was JACK JONES? So when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance. I wanted & needed to know Who my Dad, Jack Jones really was.
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Dad filled the empty whole that had lived in my heart for nearly 26 years.. That decision changed my life forever. ^j^
When we have nothing left to give, God is up to something.
^j^
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MILITARY SERVICE: Jack entered the service as Jack Jones his nickname, and not under his birth certificate name of JB Jr Jones he probable never knew his full name, only his nickname.
Time In Service
From: 2 Aug 1951 To: Aug 1953
Allegiance United States of America
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Served on the USS St, Paul,a heavy cruiser.
His rank was Seaman ( SN ). He was an apprentice cook & enjoyed working in the galley.
* Info provided by 1st cousin Bill Warren *
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Branch of Service SN US NAVY KOREA
Rank War Korea USA ST PAUL NAVAL SHIP
U.S. Veterans Grave sites, Interment Date: 5 Feb 1999
Cemetery: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Section 1gb Site 290
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Family links: 
 Parents:
  James Bolin Wesley Jones (1886 - 1972)
  Mary Lavina Neill Jones (1898 - 1975)
 
 Spouse:
  Josephine Dorothy Ovies Drago (1933 - 2000)
 
 Children:
  Michael Joseph Jones (1955 - 1955)*
 
 Siblings:
  Louneill Josephine Jones Hyde (1926 - 1978)*
  Rebecca Mary Jones Riggs (1928 - 1971)*
  J. B. Jones (1932 - 1999)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
JACK JONES
SN
US NAVY
KOREA
AUG 2 1932
JAN 30 1999
HOME RUN
 
Burial:
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 1gb Site 290
GPS (lat/lon): 38.4986, -90.2902
 
Created by: Patti Jones Zavorka
Record added: Nov 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62334394
J. B. Jack Jones, Jr
Added by: Patti Jones Zavorka
 
J. B. Jack Jones, Jr
Added by: Patti Jones Zavorka
 
J. B. Jack Jones, Jr
Added by: Patti Jones Zavorka
 
 
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Dad, you taught me wonderful lessons to live a happy life. You are always in my heart & in my prayers. I Love You. ^j^
- Patti Jones Zavorka
 Added: Dec. 20, 2011
 
 
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