Thomas Lynn Jones, 92, of Paris, passed away at 1:12 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, at Midway Christian Church, north of Mexico. Private graveside services will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Thomas was born October 20, 1925 in Molino, the son of Thomas Samuel and Minnie Dye Jones. He graduated from Mexico High School in 1943, and was a member of the Future Farmers of America. He served as a state officer and received his American Farmer Degree, with the additional honor of being chosen by the Kansas City Star as the top recipient from Missouri. He was honored by the Mexico FFA Chapter for his accomplishments in 2015.
A life-long farmer and rancher, Thomas was most proud of his Hereford cattle. He was a member of the American Hereford Association and the National Cattlemen's Association. He was always an encourager of young people, working with 4-H and FFA members and serving on the board that revived the Paris FFA Chapter in 2000. As part of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, he participated in "Cowboys at the Capital," visiting with state legislators. He helped organize the Monroe County Cattlemen's Association, and as president of the group worked countless hours promoting beef.
He partnered with Tuck Mitchell in Mitchell-Jones Real Estate.
Survivors include four children, Peggy (Dick) Hronick of Jefferson City, David Jones of Mexico, Mary Beth (Randy) Ray of Paris, and Shirley (Dee) Sokolosky of Owasso, Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren, Mike (Kelly) Hronick, Matt (Elaine) Hronick, Greg Hronick, Andy (Kristy) Hronick, Tim (Rachel) Hronick, Scott (Kristen) Ray, Sarah Ray, Nick (Laci) Sokolosky, Alex Sokolosky, Molly Sokolosky, and Anna Sokolosky; and 11 great-grandchildren, Ty, David, Jack, Owen, Leila, Anna, Amelia, Charlie, and Andela Hronick, Paul Ray, and Walker Sokolosky.
Donations in memory of Thomas Jones may be made to the Paris FFA Blue and Gold Supporters in care of Arnold Funeral Home.