James William Jones succumbed to lung cancer at his home in League City surrounded by his family on October 28, 2016. He leaves behind his wife, Anita Jones; his daughter Kristi Pewthers; his son James Jones; his son-in-law John-Gardner Pewthers; his grandchildren, William and Gwyneth Pewthers; and his former wife Virginia Jones. His father James Meredith Jones, his mother Annie Lee Mayo, and his sister Ann Celeste Jones preceded him in death.
Jim was born on July 17, 1942, in Port Arthur, Texas. The family later moved to Houston where he graduated from Bellaire HS. Jim served 4 ½ years in the Navy after high school and was stationed in the Philippines for part of that time at the beginning of the Vietnam War. He began his career at Texas Instruments in 1969 as an electrical engineer. His work eventually brought him to Singapore where he met his wife Anita. They moved back to Texas in 1996 when Jim retired. His dream was to live by the water, and he spent the last twenty years living that dream.
A passionate woodworker and master craftsman, Jim had a workshop in his garage where he built many heirloom pieces for himself and his family. He was also mechanically inclined and was happiest when figuring out a new engineering project such as NASCAR certified racing Volkswagen Bug. He gutted an old beetle and rebuilt it from scratch ready for the raceway. But his talents didn’t stop there, he was a pit master, serving up the finest BBQ, brisket, and smoked meat around.
A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday at 6:00 PM at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. It is located on the corner of FM 517 and FM 646. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Interfaith Caring Ministries in the name of Jim Jones.