Thomas G. Jones
February 6, 1950 – April 29, 2014
Tom was born in Russellville, Ark. on February 6, 1950 to A.C. and Imogene Salmon Jones. Tom was raised in Russellville and died at his home in his wife’ arms on April 29, 2014 of heart and lung failure.
On Christmas Eve 1958, he survived a head-on collision that killed his father. He and his family were surrounded by love and support.
After graduating high school and attending Harding University, he joined the Navy in 1970.
He married Debra Elise Garofalo and they had four beautiful sons; they later divorced.
In 1980, he went to work for FedEx in Memphis as an avionics specialist; he remained with FedEx until his retirement in 2012.
In 1999, he married Marcia Wright Spiva in Walla Walla, Wash. He commuted from Memphis to Walla Walla for the first seven years of their relationship and marriage. He was very proud of his sons and their families. Tom lived in Munford for many years.
In 2003, Tom transferred to FedEx Portland.
In 2004, Tom and Marcia moved to McMinnville, Ore., which is Marcia’s hometown.
He loved fishing, cooking, traveling and visiting with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan, especially football, baseball, NASCAR and drag racing. He coached Little League in Munford for many years.
One of his favorite things was sitting by the fire, telling stories and toasting those he loved. He was a kind, loving and gentle person; he loved people and people loved him. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Go Arkansas Razorbacks! Go Oregon Ducks!
Tom is survived by his wife, Marcia; mother Imogene; sons Dax (Blair) Jones of Memphis, Adam (Amber) Jones of Munford, Bo Jones of Batesville, Miss. and Rhett (Melissa) Jones of Atoka; sister Vonna Titus and brother Kyle (Darla) Jones of Russellville, Ark.; grandchildren Kass, Tate, Addie, Griffin and Gage; stepsons J.C. Spiva of Eugene, Oreg. and Justin Spiva of Walla Walla, Wash.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and his McMinnville family, including Donna Wright Bloch, Eric Wright, Joby (Jeanna) Wright, Carrie Wright, Marlea (Ed) Ulrich and Morrie Wright.
Services will be held at the chapel of Macy & Son, McMinnville, Oreg., on Monday, May 12 at 1 p.m. with a reception following at Golden Valley Brewery & Pub. Memorial contributions can be made to Special Olympics of Russellville, Ark. or to the Gospel Mission of McMinnville, Oreg. in care of Macy & Son.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.com.
There will also be a celebration of Tom’s life in Munford on May 17 at 3 p.m. at the home of his son Adam, 219 Robert L. Ellis Dr., Munford, TN 38058, as well as a celebration of life in Russellville on Sunday, May 25; place and time to be determined at a later date.
The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) ▪ Thursday, May 8, 2014