NORMAN — Donald “Don” Gene Jones, age 75, of Purcell, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family. Don was born Feb. 19, 1937, in Elmore City, the youngest of three children born to Robert Matthew Jones and Elva Isabell (Headrick) Jones.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at the Purcell Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pauls Valley.
He was raised in Elmore City and attended Elmore City Schools, graduating in 1954.
One night on a blind date, he met a young lady from Pauls Valley named Dorothy Warren. They were married 35 years and, together, raised two daughters, LaDonna and Angela. Don worked mainly in sales and sold insurance for a time. He also worked as a policeman for the Pauls Valley community for a while. Don last worked for the Department of Corrections, retiring in 1999. Don later married Pauletta Jean Hulsey, and they made their home in Purcell. Don loved the Lord and remained active in his church. He served in many capacities, including youth director, Sunday school superintendent, choir director and deacon. In addition to his work, he remodeled homes and in his spare time and restored old cars and motorcycles. Later in life, he and Pauletta enjoyed traveling and frequenting flea markets. He was an animal lover and especially loved his rescued puppies, Gus and Maxwell. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin and a good friend. He will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy Jones; his parents, Robert and Elva Jones; sister, Myrtle Mae Springer; an infant brother, Junior Jones; and his in-laws, Leonard and Adell Warren and Vernard Hulsey.
Don leaves behind his wife, Pauletta of the home; his daughters LaDonna Beaver and husband Gary of Pauls Valley and Angela Peak and husband Danny of Wynnewood; stepson, Justin Morgan of Ashburn, Va.; five grandchildren, Amber, Melanie, Jordan, Ryan and Laycee; three great-grandchildren, Connor, Mili and Adia; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Fellowship Hall Building Fund, c/o Purcell Pentecostal Holiness Church at P.O. Box 911, Purcell, OK 73080.
Arrangements are by Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.
Online condolences can be left at wilsonlittle.com.
Norman Transcript, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013