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4520 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710
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Lt. Col. Robert C. Jones, Ret.

Lt. Col. Robert C. Jones, Ret.

Friday, March 4th, 1932 - Monday, July 15th, 2019
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Robert Carmon Jones
March 4, 1932 - July 15, 2019

Robert Carmon Jones (Chaplain Lt. Col, Retired) 87, of Waco went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 15, 2019. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years, and family. Visitation will be Friday, July 19, 5-7 p.m. at OakCrest Funeral Home. Celebration of life will be at Seventh and James Baptist Church, on Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m.. Burial with full military honors will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Erin Conaway and the Rev. Dr. John Beyers officiating.

Robert was born in Runge, Texas to Carroll and Cora Jones. His family moved to Live Oak County about 9 years later, where he met the love of his life, Joyce Gilstrap, while in 5th Grade. He attended Texas A&M and graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He was ordained into the ministry, and pastored his first church at 18 . After finishing seminary studies, he entered the Army as a first lieutenant.

During his 23 years of service, he completed two tours in Vietnam,where he performed more than 600 services. He was also stationed in Germany, Panama, New York, and Colorado. As a result of his service to our country in Vietnam, he received many medals and awards, including, but not limited to, three Bronze Star Medals for meritorious achievement, two Air Medals, and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal. He dedicated his life to serving God.

Robert was a member of Seventh and James Baptist Church. Around the city of Waco, he became known as the “Rose Man” for the more than 1,000 rose bushes he tended with great care. He was an active member of the Waco Rose Society, and wrote a book on growing roses in this area. The rose garden was open to visitors who came from all over the state to visit.

Robert Jones was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and his son, Jeffrey Carr Jones. He is survived by Joyce Jones, his wife of 65 years, his daughter, Robin Edgerton of Waco, his daughter and son in law, Jan and Greg Brown of Mansfield, TX, daughter in law, Julie Strickland,of Ft. Smith, AR, and his seven grandchildren; Russell Edgerton, Elizabeth Edgerton, Jordan Jones, Jenna Ogilvie, Heather Brown, Haley Brown, and Jeffrey Brown.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials for scholarships to the Truett Seminary at Baylor University, in memory of Robert Jones.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 19th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, July 19th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Seventh & James Baptist Church
    602 James Ave.
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Interment

    Oakwood Cemetery
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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    With Full Military Honors


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Sandy Burleson

Posted at 04:51pm
Some of the greatest memories I have are of listening to Bob's stories of Viet Nam. He was a vivid stoy teller. I loved to sit and listen.

I also remember the days when Bob was climbing on ladders. He totally ignored the "do not step above this level". Since I was across the street I would watch to make sure that he made it down. Sometimes he didn't and I would see him flying through the air. It never stopped him from stepping on the top step though. He would do it even though he might fly off.

Will miss Bob.
Love to Joyce, Robin and Jan.
Sandy Burleson

Posted at 10:26am
Bob Jones was without a doubt one of the kindest, gentlest souls I had the privilege of knowing.

James and I both hung on his every word when he shared his stories about his years in the service. His knowledge of roses could be compared to no other.

He enriched our lives beyond measure with his friendship.

Joyce, we pray God gives you peace and hope you can rejoice knowing Bob is smiling down on all of us. I truly believe in the power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Pamela Mattes Barron &
James Monroe Barron, III

Peggy and Kevin Cole Family

Posted at 12:11pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. With love and hugs,
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The Barrons and the George families.

Posted at 08:46pm
Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. Much love, Pam and James Barron and Richard and Donna George.
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MaryBeth Oliver

Posted at 05:07pm
I spent much time with Mr. Jones, working in the kitchen, working in the yard, serving others. He was an example of what it means to serve others well. I loved our time together. He helped me to walk through what were some difficult years for me. I loved him, dearly.
Mary Beth (Shaw) Oliver

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