Jerry N. Jones

Jerry N. Jones of Columbia died Monday, April 4, 2011, at his home. He was 73.

He was born Nov. 8, 1937, in Marshall to Melvin Levine and Mary Belle (Hackler) Jones.

He attended Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia and graduated in 1955.

He married Frances McKinney Jones on Nov. 12, 1960. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in November.

Mr. Jones was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served with the Naval Security Group.

He spent almost 30 years with Toastmaster Inc., directing various departments of the company including personnel, national service, engineering and operations. He traveled extensively.

During the last seven years of his career, he directed worldwide logistics and distribution, worked with Junior Achievement and served as a loaned executive to the United Way. He retired in 2003.

Mr. Jones was elected to the Sedalia City Council in 1966. He was elected mayor in 1970 and re-elected in 1974. He was selected to appear in the 1970 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America and appointed by then-Gov. Kit Bond to the Missouri State Coordinating Board of Higher Education. He also served as a director of the Missouri Municipal League and the National League of Cities, was honored by the Sedalia Chamber of Commerce and the United Methodist Church, and spoke at area churches during his years in Sedalia.

After moving to Columbia in 1976, Mr. Jones coached Little League baseball for several years and was active in Community United Methodist Church. Since retirement he was elected to the executive board of the West Fair Condominium Association. He spent time traveling and with his family, and particularly enjoyed fishing trips with his wife, playing golf with friends and watching his grandsons play baseball.

He will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. Known as “Papa” by his grandchildren, he was always interested in all their endeavors.

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Frances; two daughters, Becky Sue Streeter and Cynthia Lou Jones, both of Columbia; a son, Jerry Neil Jones II of Columbia; a brother, Ronald Jones of Scottsdale, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Kyle Streeter, Erin Streeter, Morgan Jones, Alex Jones and Isaac Jones, all of Columbia; and two step-grandchildren, Deven Buckley and Kennedy Stanberry, both of Columbia.

A brother, Melvin Louis Jones, died earlier.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Community United Methodist Church, 3301 W. Broadway in Columbia.

Memorial donations can be made to the Children’s Miracle Network, 611 Saint Joseph Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449.

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