Dale Jones, 82, son of Chester Forrest and Florence (Vandivort) Jones, was born February 12, 1931 in Cabool, Missouri, in the Black Jack community. He received Jesus Christ as his Savior at Baptist Camp when he was in his teens, and on December 11, 2013, Dale left this world to go to that place that has been prepared for him.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother, Mansel Eugene.
He is survived by his wife of the home, Clara May (Hays); two sons, Lloyd and Elizabeth Jones and Jim and Glenda Jones of Houston, Missouri; four daughters, Virginia and Lannie Crawford of Springfield, Missouri, Diana and Larry Hill of Houston, Janet and Bob Edwards of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and Connie and Dale DeToni of Ozark, Missouri; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Chester and Florence took Dale to the milk barn for the first time when he was just three days old. On February 17, 1937 they moved to the dairy farm on Hog Creek in the Cleveland community in Houston, when Dale was six.
When he was eight, he noticed, in his words, “a beautiful red headed girl” near Simmons and he knew she was something special. He later reconnected with her when he was 16. He said some other boy got on the bus and started talking to her before he had a chance. He put a stop to that the next day by getting on the bus first. And as they say, the rest is history.
Dale and Clara May were married July 16, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Houston. They continued with dairy farming once they were married. They raised their own farm hands. Their six children helped out with all the farm work, girls and boys alike. Dale always said a little hard work never hurt anyone. Dale and Clara ran the dairy farm for almost 42 years before retiring in 1992. They then enjoyed traveling and meeting many new friends across the country over the last 20 years. Last July, they celebrated 63 years of marriage.
Dale, Clara May and the family attended Oak Dale Church for years. When traveling in the RV, they attended church services in parks where they were staying.
Dale lived life to the fullest. He never met a stranger and always left a memorable impression with whomever he spent any time. His favorite pastimes included fishing, hunting, reading and RVing.
Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church, c/o Larry Landers, 8639 Highway E, Houston, MO 65483 or to Oak Dale Cemetery, C/O Sharon Sillyman, 19 Hamrick, Houston, MO 65483, in lieu of flowers.
Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home with Wesley Wallace officiating. Pallbearers were Jim Jones, Lloyd Jones, Lannie Crawford, Bob Edwards, Larry Hill and Dale DeToni. Burial was in Oak Dale Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.