Randy Paul Jones

Randy Paul Jones died very unexpectedly, December 29th, 2022, from a heart attack at his home in LaMarque. He was 67.

A native of East St. Louis, Missouri, Randy was born October 15, 1955. He and his family relocated to Galveston when he was just 10 years old. When he and his family crossed the Causeway to Galveston Island and saw the bay for the first time, Randy’s thought was “Man! I get to go fishing here every day.”   And, indeed, he did!

Randy graduated Ball High School in 1974.  Shortly after graduation, he joined the Army and served four years in West Germany- assigned to a Pershing Missile unit. When he completed his military service, he attended the University of Houston and graduated with a degree in Business Management. Most of his business career was focused on information technology and Health Care Services. Throughout his professional career, he worked for American National Insurance Company, Union Carbide, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, and UTMB in Galveston.

Randy is survived by his dear wife of 42 years, Jody Smith Jones; his three daughters: Julie Scully and husband, Kenny; Sarah Quintero, and Melissa Benedict, and husband, Kent. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Shelby Ibrahim and husband, Hasan; Megan Rich, Robert Scully, Ally Quintero, Avery Quintero, Camryn Benedict, and Aubrey Benedict. Also surviving Randy are his sisters: Sue Jannakos, Sally Diaz, and husband, Richard, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Randy is also survived by his in laws – Gerald and Patsy Smith, and his sister-in-law, Leslie Smith. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Sarah and Forest Fitzgibbons.

Besides his successful business career, Randy Jones gave back to his community through many different activities.  He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Galveston. He was a volunteer fireman and EMT while working at Union Carbide.  Also, while working at Carbide, Randy was an integral part of the popular Clown Brigade where he entertained youngsters and participated in many community-wide events and parades.

In addition, he was one of THE most popular Santa Clauses ever – both at his places of employment, and playing Santa for functions where his wife, Jody, worked.

He will be remembered as an extremely intelligent, giving, loving, genuine gentleman who sincerely cared about others before himself. Randy was always a positive person and one who would be the “best friend” a person could ever hope for…. Truly one of a kind, and a person who would literally “give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.”

His grandchildren will always remember their wonderful Buddy – as they called him – when they hear the song “You Are My Sunshine” – as that was his song he sang to each of them while rocking them to sleep.

Indeed, Randy Paul Jones loved his wonderful family: His beautiful wife, Jody; his children, and grandchildren. To say that Randy “lived and breathed” for his children and grandchildren – is an understatement.

Yet – even though his family was his #1 priority, and his volunteer activities and commitment to his community- very important, Randy often had other fun priorities on his mind.  First, he loved to take friends and family on fishing excursions.  Secondly, he loved to host fish fries and crawfish boils at their family fish camp.

Indeed, nothing was more important to him than his wonderful family, but without question…. Fishing was a close second.  In fact, Randy was such a huge fisherman – he had a sign posted in his office that stated: “IF there is no fishing in Heaven…I ain’t goin’.”

By his wishes, Randy was to be cremated.  A special Celebration of Life reception will be held at 1pm, this Sunday, January 8, at The San Luis Hotel, 5200 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston. The reception will be in the Main Sail Room, 2nd floor.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Shriner’s Burn Hospital for Children will be greatly appreciated. For on-line contributions: https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/InMemoryofRandyJones.  To mail a contribution, please address to: Shriners Children’s Texas, Attn: Donor Development, 815 Market Street, Galveston, Texas, 77550.


  1. Jody, my dear sweet friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God hold you close and comfort you during this most difficult time. I know that Randy was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you all. Love, Pam (Anonsen) Guillory

    Pamela Guillory
  2. Randy was an amazing mentor and friend. He taught me so much and had an immeasurable impact on my life. I will miss his sweet nature and smile so very much. He helped me catch my very first fish and sparked my love of fishing.

    Something that I will never forget is his kind nature. I took a cookie decorating class with a friend one day and brought one of the cookies I made to Randy. Instead of eating the cookie, he took a thumb tack and displayed it proudly on the wall in his office. Just recently, he told me he still had that cookie and loved that I made it for him. He was so thoughtful, loving, and genuine. I am so grateful for his friendship.

    Sending my love to Jody, Julie, Sarah, Melissa and the rest of his beautiful family.

    Brittany Roller
  3. Words cannot express the grief felt by many. Randy might not have been born into our family, but quickly became family after we met. As a matter of fact, we were hearing about him from Jody before we ever met him. Darrell and I have lost a dear brother. To our children, he was “Uncle Randy.” Randy touched the lives of so many people and he was indeed, the finest person anyone could ever meet. He is missed by many. We will certainly rejoice with him again in Heaven, just look for the nearest fishing hole. That’s were he’ll be. Until that time, rest well Randy Paul.

    Debby and Darrell Toombs
  4. My sincerest condolences for the loss of such an amazing person. Randy will always be someone I remember and tell others as the most positive person anyone could have met. I will miss swapping stories, fishing, and eating great food with him. Randy was such a great friend; I will miss him dearly.

    Chris Jenogan
  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will miss Randy immensely as a friend and neighbor. We were always so excited to “show and tell” on any fishing trips he or I had. He was the one that always matched my enthusiasm and passion for fishing. Whether it was where fish were biting, secret spots to catch reds and specs or special lures or bait. He always had a happy smile to greet you.. So many times I would see Jodi and Randy just sitting at the camp enjoying their evening together, along with the many family gatherings. Your family is so blessed to share so much love. Randy will be truly missed.
    Love and prayers to your family,
    Nancy O’Daniel

    Nancy O'Daniel

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