Robert Charles Jones

San Antonio - CMSGT Robert “Bob” Charles Jones, USAF (Ret) entered into rest April 14, in San Antonio at the age of 80. Services were held on Tuesday, April 21, at Sunset Funeral Home in San Antonio followed by a committal service with military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Bob Jones was an independent, self-sufficient, achiever and family man. He was born in Houston to Floyd Charles Jones and Myrtle Roberta Evans. The oldest of two, he and his sister Doris lived in Dodge, Texas with the extended family until moving to Glen Rose in 1946 which he always considered a “home” second only to San Antonio. In post war Glen Rose, a feeling of family existed among the community and classmates which continues through to today. Bob was a stellar student, captain of the football team, and a loyal friend. In spite of receiving a football scholarship to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX, he joined the army the week of graduation. Excelling on performance tests, he was assigned to a prestigious intelligence ASA organization and spent one year on assignment in Helamano, Hawaii. Upon his return, he joined the Air Force where he was selected for the Air Force Security Service (an intelligence command) located in San Antonio. While there, he looked up pen pal and classmate Mattie Jean Peterson of Glen Rose who was living in San Antonio with relatives. After a brief six-week romance, they married and have been married for 58 years. Together, their children are Jon Robert Jones of Lakehills, Sharon Jean Jones of San Antonio, and James Allen Jones of Duncanville. Bob and Jean were assigned to Germany on three tours of duty and finally settled in San Antonio in 1965. Bob retired in 1969 from the Security Service. In 1989, he was inducted into the USAFSS Hall of Honor. He was noted as the “key NCO of one of the Command’s most important and highly classified activities.” After his military retirement, Bob continued with a successful 20-year career as an Allstate Insurance Agent.

After retirement, he took up painting and golf, one of his life’s passions. During his life, he was on various military swim, dive, basketball, baseball and football teams. He attended the University of Maryland and St. Mary’s University. He strongly believed in the tenants of the Mason’s and Shriner’s which he was a member of for 56 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Doris Eckert. Survivors include his loving wife, Mattie Jean; children, Jon and wife Vicki, Sharon Jones, and Jim and wife Brenda. He has 4 grandchildren Joshua Jones, Jody Rodriguez, Aaron Jones and Dustin Jones and 2 great grandchildren Alanna Jones and Tristen Parker.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The American Cancer Society and American Heart Association. Guestbook may be signed at www.mem.com.

Published April 22, 2009

Glen Rose Reporter