The Obit For Ross Jones

Ross Jones
Aug 25, 1925 - May 13, 2012

Published in The Oklahoman on May 15, 2012

CHOCTAW Ross Carlton Jones, 86, of Choctaw, passed away May 13, 2012. He was born on August 25, 1925, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Carlton & Lucille Jones.

Ross graduated in 1943 from Capitol Hill High School of Oklahoma City. He proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy.

Ross married the love of his life, Betty Patrick, in 1946; they celebrated 66 years together.

Ross had a career of playing baseball for the U.S. Navy and several Semi-Pro and Professional Baseball teams. Navy teams included '43 Purcell Gunners Wartime Service League, '45 Quonset Flyers, Naval Air Station, Providence, Rhode Island.

Ross signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1947, playing with Cranston Chiefs, Providence, Rhode Island, and later played for the Texas League, Tulsa Oilers, and St. Joseph, Michigan, Auscos.

After his professional baseball career, Ross was employed by Wilson Foods in Oklahoma City for 40 years, where he played on and managed Wilson's baseball team.

He retired from Wilson as Foreman responsible for Maintenance & Operations of Wilson's truck fleet.

Ross was an avid golfer and member of the Midwest City Seniors Golf Association. He enjoyed his family and especially enjoyed the special times spent with his grandchildren to whom he was affectionately known as "Ba or Fireball."

He will be remembered as a kind and generous man, loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Betty and three daughters, Karen Jones of Choctaw, Janet & Larry Kennedy of Choctaw, and Donna & Dale Terry of Choctaw; grandchildren, Ross & Deb Gonzales, Whitney & John Snyder, Scot Ballard & Eric Brown, Charley Flowers, Chad Flowers, Christy & Kite Gates, Jennifer & Tom Cox; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joanna Bourbonnais and Peggy Bennett; and many nieces and nephews; also, his special dog and constant companion, "Shelby," who never left his side.

The family offers special thanks for the support of Dr. Stephen Hamilton and Dr. Grace Ruidera; Loving Care Home Health, Debbie and Ramona; Quality Hospice Care, Treba, Linda and CJ.

Funeral services will be held in the Candlewood Chapel at Ford Funeral Service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

A reception will be held before the service 9-10 a.m.