Charles Thomas Jones passed to his Lord in the early morning hours of February 19, 2014. His passing occurred at his home in Robson Ranch, Denton, Texas, where he and his wife of 67 1/2 years have lived since 2005. Born a native Texan on October 7, 1925, in Whitesboro, Charlie joined the Navy during World War II, went to Officer Training School, and became a Lieutenant JG serving on the transport ship Freemont in the Philippines.
After the war, Charlie and Doris married and moved to Houston, where Charlie attended the Rice Institute, now Rice University, earning a degree in electrical engineering. In 1947, Charlie joined Oil Center Tool Company, known in the oil patch as O-C-T, a company specializing in the manufacturing and installation of pumps, called Christmas trees, on producing wells in the Permian Basin. Charlie and Doris then moved to Midland, where they began raising the first two of their four children, Greg and Janet. In the mid-1950s, O-C-T was acquired by publicly-owned Food & Machinery Corporation, now FMC Technologies, and the family moved to Houston.
After attending Stanford, Syracuse, and Northwestern University for executive graduate business degrees, Charlie ultimately became President of FMC's petroleum equipment division. Charlie never worked for any other company and retired from FMC in 1982. By then, Charlie and Doris had two more children, Scott and Chuck, who were born ten and thirteen years after their sister, Janet.
After his retirement from FMC, Charlie and Doris moved to Smithville, Texas, where they had a 100-acre farm. On the farm were pecan trees, cattle, a garden and a tennis court where his children, and eventually the first of his grandchildren, loved to go. Scott and his wife, Shelley, were married in an outdoor ceremony at the farm, in a gazebo built by Charlie and his son, Greg, overlooking a beautiful nine-acre lake. While in Smithville, Charlie served on the City Council and was instrumental in the development of the Seton Smithville Regional Hospital. He was an active member of the Smithville Lion's Club, Rotary Club, Shriners and Masons.
In 1995, Charlie and Doris moved to Horseshoe Bay, Texas, near the lake house they had built on Lake LBJ in 1966. In 2005, to be close to their daughter Janet and her husband, Wayne, Charlie and Doris moved to Robson Ranch in Denton.
Charles is survived by his wife, Doris, and their four children and spouses, Greg and Kathryn Jones of Houston, TX; Janet and Wayne Yowell of Argyle, TX; Scott and Shelley Jones of Sugar Land, TX; and Charles "Chuck" and Sheryl Jones of Waco, TX. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren: Wil and Erin Brown, their children Harper and Hutton; Eileen Jones and her husband, Tyler Gillett; Curt and Angie Yowell, their children Elizabeth and Vincent; David Yowell; Evan Jones, Sydney Jones, and Meredith Jones; and Neill Jones and Timothy Jones.
Charlie and Doris were always very involved in the church community where they lived, including Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Lakewood United Methodist Church in Tomball, First United Methodist Church in Smithville, The Church in Horseshoe Bay near Marble Falls and, finally, in Argyle United Methodist Church in Argyle, near their home in Robson Ranch. In lieu of flowers, the Jones Family would appreciate a gift to the Houston Methodist Nantz National Alzheimers Center in Charles' name.
A memorial service will be held at Argyle United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. Jim Kayler presiding, on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception with friends and family at the Robson Ranch Club, at 4:00 p.m.