Paul Dan Jones, 73, of Wharton, Texas, passed away Sept. 26, 2013, at a Houston hospital following a brief illness.
He was born on Feb. 10, 1940, in Commerce, a son of Nolan R. Jones and the late Thelma Barnett Jones.
Paul was raised in the Celeste area and graduated from Celeste High School. He later attended The Preston Roads School of Preaching and became a preacher in the Church of Christ. He married Sherry Saye on July 4, 1959, in Celeste.
Paul preached at many congregations including the following: Kingston, Texas; Baker City, Ore., Post, Texas; Mission, Texas; and Wharton, Texas. Paul was a “people” person and loved to tell a good story, often with a joke involved.
He enjoyed football, to the point of announcing the high school games while in Post. He was involved in Christian youth serving for several years as a director for Bandina Christian Youth Camp and on the board for the White River Youth Camp.
Most recently, Paul served as a minister at the Abell St. Church of Christ, where he enjoyed engaging in a visitation ministry.
Paul was a member of the Wharton Lions Club, serving many positions, including “tail twister” for many years.
In addition to his mother, Paul was preceded in death by his sons, Wesley and Gregory Jones.
In addition to the memorial service on Sept. 29, at the Abell Street Church of Christ, a burial service will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday at Celeste Church of Christ with burial to follow in the Celeste Community Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Jones of Wharton; a son, Russell Jones and wife, Mary of Salado; a daughter, Sonja Dixon and husband, Kenneth of Wolfforth; his father, Nolan R. Jones of Lubbock; a sister, Linda Wall and husband, Dan of Plains; another sister Judy Sessums and husband, Bobby also of Plains; a brother, Elwood Jones and wife, Mary of Greenville; another brother, James Jones of Celeste; grandchildren, Taylor, Caitlyn and Hayden Jones and Chad, Aaron and Madison Dixon; and many friends.
Memorials may be made to the Abell St. Church of Christ Mission Fund, P.O.Box 790, Wharton, 77488.
Funeral services were under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home.