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Ralph Edward JONES

Mount Zion Cemetery
Pemiscot County,
Missouri

10 Mar 1923 Okolona, Clark, AR
15 Aug 2011 American Fork, Utah Co, UT
Buried at Spanish Fork City Cemetery UT
Parents:
William Ivan Jones (1892 - 1957)
Stella Jones Robertson Crouch (1894 - 1986)

The Steele Enterprise, Steele, Missouri
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ralph Edward Jones passed away gently on Monday, August 15, 2011 at his home in American Fork, Utah, surrounded by daughters and grandchildren.
Ralph was born March 10, 1923 in Oklolona, Ark., to the late William Ivan Jones and Stella Roberson Jones (Crouch). He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Arnold, Virgil and Arles Jones and sister, Frances Jones Cox (Clark).
Growing up on the farms in Arkansas and Missouri, he graduated from Cooter High School in Missouri in 1941.
He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps (European Theatre) from 1943-1945. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he obtained a bachelor of science in Agricultural Education in 1948.
Ralph was a member of the MU basketball team and played minor-league baseball.
For several years, he was an instructor of agriculture and advisor to the future Farmers of America Chapter at Steele High School.
His long career (1954-1979) was spent in the U.S. Department of State's Agency for International Development.
To build schools and advance agricultural practices in underdeveloped countries, he lived and worked in Iran, Libya, Laos, Thailand, and Jamaica.
Ralph estimated he had traveled around the world at least three times and visited over 45 counties. Ralph met Lucretia Parsons Markham in New York City while they were both pursuing master's degrees in International Education at Columbia University. They were married on June 10, 1967 in Concord, Calif. Two daughters were born in Bangkok, Thailand.
Retiring in 1979, because "his work got in the way of his golf game", the family lived in Concord for 20 years. Ralph and Lu moved to Utah in 1999 to be closer to grandchildren.
Ralph could be found almost any day of the past 12 years at the golf course at Thanksgiving Point where he was an inescapable presence if your pace of play was too slow.
No matter where in the world he went, and he went everywhere, Ralph never forgot where he had come from (he spoke Farsi and Thai with a southern drawl) or who was most important to him (each grandchild thinks they were grandpa's favorite).
Ralph is survived by his wife, Lucretia Jones; two daughters: Ann (Jess Price) of Mesa, Ariz., and Amy (Paul Waldron) of American Fork.; favorite grandchildren: Nancy, Lane, Daniel, Kate, Emma, Rachel, Todd, Elizabeth and Daphne; one sister, Lilla Jones Fluty of Sebring, Fla.; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Jones were held on Friday, August 19, 2011 in Pleasant Grove, Utah, with interment in the Spanish Fork City (Utah) Cemetery.
For local family and friends, a memorial service will be held in October at the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Cooter.
A monument will be placed at the W.I. Jones family area in the Mount Zion Cemetery near Steele.

Contributed on 10/25/15 by ttack
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Submitted: 10/25/15 • Approved: 10/27/15 • Last Updated: 4/14/18 • R776541-G0-S3

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