“Did you hear about ole Jonesey? He died” – RJ March 2022
Randall Jones of Thayer, Missouri passed away peacefully on May 20, 2022 at the young age of 73 after a battle with cancer. Randy was born on September 1, 1948 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas to Herb Jones and Martha Posey Jones.
He was preceded in death by his parents Herb and Martha and his furry son River.
Randy grew up in the auto body and auto sales businesses, Jones Body Shop/Jones Auto Sales of Thayer and continued that tradition his entire life. He was very artistic and a perfectionist as it showed in his automotive work (custom stripes and murals). A State Champion Trapshooter in both Missouri and Arkansas, winning many trophies and prizes. Several times in his life he shot perfect scores of 100/100 and 200/200 in Singles, Handicap and Doubles. He loved hunting, fishing, golf and especially playing poker with his buddies. Randy was generous to a fault and would give a stranger his last dime!
He was one of the original Thayer Elks Lodge members and played a role in bringing the club to town. He served as Exalted Ruler and was responsible for many fish fries and steak nights.
On August 20, 1966, Randy married Shirley Johnson of Mammoth Spring. Together they had one son, Tracy, from that he had granddaughter Summer and grandson Tanner. He had three great-grandchildren, Haxton, Hutchens and Haelyn Ward all of Springfield.
On January 21, 1990, Randy married Norma Haven and raised three children with her. Richard Haven, Michael and Regina Hilles. Through this union he had one furry-son named River which was his favorite child.
Randy is survived by his son, Tracy and wife Renee of Springfield, Missouri. His brother, Gary “Snook” Jones and wife Wilma of Mammoth Spring. Bonus children Richard, Michael and Regina. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Plus, his life-long best buddy Lewis Childers. All of whom he didn’t often tell, but loved dearly and bragged about to others.
Never give up was his attitude, always looking forward, holding on to HOPE.