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- Published on 16 October 2013
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A private memorial service for Texas Elmer “Tex” Jones, age 89 of Wagner, S. C., was conducted on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at his residence.
Mr. Jones was born on Feb. 6, 1924 in Anona, Tex. to Verner and Francine Jones. He was the middle child of five. At the age of 15, he joined the United States Army as an infantryman and later joined the elite 101st Airborne Division. During the Second World War, he served as a Pathfinder in advance of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, jumped into Holland for the Market Garden offensive, fought at Bastogne during the Ardennes Offensive, and completed with cleanup operations through Hitler’s private residence at Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden.
He continued his service to his country following the war and retired from the Army in 1964 with the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8). After leaving the Army, he worked as a carpenter and farmer, because he loved to see the results of a good day’s work.
He married Harriet Phillips in Dallas on Sept. 17, 1976, and they lived together in Mount Vernon from 1980 to 1994.
He died Monday, Oct. 7 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet Jones; his sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Debbie Jones of Atlanta, Ga., and Shane and Peggy Phillips of Lexington, S.C.; a daughter, Kathy Jones of Dallas; and four grandchildren.