Larry Jones  1945-2020


Larry Jones, 74, of Mineola died peacefully on Sept. 3, 2020 with his loving family by his side.

Larry was born on Nov. 27, 1945 to Donald W. Jones and V. Marie DuPree in Houston. He was a proud Stingaree and graduated from Texas City High School in 1964. He earned his undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and law degree from South Texas College of Law. He excelled at many careers, including teacher, coach, attorney, mediator and judge. He was widely respected and known for his impartiality and accurate rulings on the bench, while serving as a municipal judge in Seabrook, 7th District Court judge in Tyler, justice of the peace for Precinct 2 in Wood County and associate city judge in Mineola. He served as an original board member of the Mineola Nature Preserve and was a member of Kiwanis Club and the Methodist Men. 

He loved the Lord and was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church, first in Lindale and then in Mineola. His family, especially his grandchildren, were the joy of his life. He loved nature and enjoyed being in the outdoors: hunting, fishing, golfing and watching his daughters and grands play any sport. He was an avid reader and loved books. He was a leader, friend and mentor to many and he will be missed tremendously.     

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Peggy Jahnke; and his brother, Michael DuPree.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sue N. Jones of Mineola; daughter, Jean E. and son-in-law, Stephen Sides of Dallas; daughter, Laura and son-in law Chip Patton of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Garrett and Harrison Sides and Jack and Claire Patton; sister, Anna Ortego; and brother, Jay DuPree.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Methodist Ministry Center in Mineola. Family visitation will follow the service. If you are unable to attend, the service will be available on Facebook Live through First United Methodist of Mineola.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry’s memory to First United Methodist Church of Mineola or the Mineola Nature Preserve.