KEWANEE -- Lonnie Jones, 56, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 25, 2005.
He was born Aug. 9, 1949, in Kennett, one of three children born to Fern Jones Botsch of Bernie and the late Wallace Jones. He was a member of the Kewanee United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities.
Lonnie was a dedicated son, husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting, playing cards and early morning coffee with his buddies, but perhaps the highlight of his life was being "Lonnie-pops" to his five grandchildren.
On March 30, 1986, Lonnie married Lura Blankenship Hall and became the loving father of Tim and Judson Hall. She survives of the of home.
Other survivors include his mother, Fern Botsch, and stepfather, Erwin Botsch of Bernie; one brother Cary Jones of Bernie; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Beth Hall of Milan, Tenn., and Judson and Angela Hall of Kennett; and his grandchildren Kristen, Hayley, Madison, Arden and Landon Hall.
In addition to his father, Lonnie was preceded in death by his sister, Cleta Gay Jones.
He taught as an industrial arts teacher in Hillsboro and retired from the Caruthersville School District after teaching for 27 years. He was currently employed with the Heartland Office Supply in Sikeston.
Lonnie was a proud veteran of our Armed Services serving in the Army in Vietnam. He remained dedicated to all veterans and stood firm in their defense.
Lonnie had many wonderful qualities but is remembered best for his sense of humor. He always enjoyed telling and hearing a good joke; his laughter was contagious.
Lonnie so enjoyed his many friends and each one held a special place in his heart. He treasured each one and remained steadfast in his loyalty. Once a friend of Lonnie, always a friend.
Lonnie was faithful to his friends, whether it was his coffee buddies, his work, his pool hall partners or playing his Monday night card games. Only the good Lord could keep him away; we know that every morning at 6:30 he will be looking down and listening intently so as not to miss a joke or a laugh.
He had a deep faith in God, never missed church, and was always willing to do whatever was needed of him. His laugh and tender heart will be missed by all he has touched.
Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid where funeral services are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Tom McCanless will officiate.
Burial will be the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield.