Thursday, August 15, 2013

Floyd M. Jones, Rest in Peace

We were saddened to learn that Floyd M. Jones passed away earlier this week.  Dr. Jones was a member of the Brazos Heritage Society and served as the organization's President from February 1996 to February 1997. 

Found on the website of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home, which is handling funeral arrangements, is Dr. Jones’ obituary, which reads as follows:

Floyd M. “Doc” Jones, 84, of Bryan, Texas, met his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, Texas, surrounded by his children.  A celebration of the life of Doc will be held at Central Baptist Church, College Station, Texas, on Saturday, August 17, 2013, beginning at 11:00 AM.

Doc was born in the Harvey Community, Brazos County, Texas, on October 21, 1928, to Charles Nunn Jones and Lula Mary Floyd.  He worked as a cowboy and a dairyman prior to his service as a soldier in the United States Army from 1950-1953 and an active Army Reserve Captain from 1953 to 1961.  Doc worked as an electrician while attending Texas A&M University and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

After ten years of private veterinary practice in Burleson and Brazos Counties, Doc received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to study and conduct research in Colombia which culminated in his award of one of the first two Masters of Science degrees in Tropical Animal Diseases from Texas A&M University, in 1972.  Doc then served as a USDA meat inspection veterinary supervisor and trainer, Assistant Director of the Texas Animal Health Commission, and as a USDA Field Epidemiologist.

After serving for 11 years in Latin America, Doc retired from U.S. Government service in 1989 as a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer and Veterinary Attache’ for the U.S. Foreign Service in Central and South America.  He was an avid militaria, weapons, and Western artifacts collector and historian.

In retirement, Doc continued to serve his community and fellow man as a volunteer with VIPS, a trustee for the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, and as the Latin America Representative for Christian Veterinary Mission.  Doc was a member of the Central Baptist Church Uplifters class, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and American Legion Earl Graham Post 0159.  Doc met the love of his life while stationed at Ft. Chaffee, near Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and was married for 47 years to Dolores “DJ” Murray Jones, who, as did his parents, proceeded him in death.

Doc is survived by a daughter, Liz Jones Lindley of Bryan, Texas; a son and daughter-in law, Colonel (Retired) Stephen M. and Laurie Walker Jones, of Garden Ridge, Texas; grandchildren Luke Walker Jones of College Station, Texas; and Micah Murray Jones of Laramie, Wyoming; brothers C.B. “Buddy” Jones and E.E. “Skeeter” Jones of Bryan, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends Greg and Linda Gomez of Bryan, Texas; and friends too numerous to count.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be sent to the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History; Christian Veterinary Mission, Seattle, Washington; Central Baptist Church, College Station; or a monetary or blood donation to the American Red Cross.

Dr. Jones attended the most recent Annual Membership Meeting of the Brazos Heritage Society in February of this year.

Pictured above are, from left to right: Floyd M. Jones, Mervin Peters, and Dan Beto, at the social following the Annual Membership Meeting

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family of Dr. Jones.

                                                                   Dan Beto, President

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