Funeral services for Lois Beatrice Jones, 94, of Kilgore were held Saturday, October 7, 2017 in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore with Reverend Bill Blanks officiating. Interment followed in the Kilgore City Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home prior to the service.
Mrs. Lois Beatrice Jones, affectionately known as “Miss Bea," passed away on October 3, 2017, surrounded by her family in Longview.
Bea was born December 14, 1922, in Moore County, OK to the late William Wiseman Agee and Anna Paradine Agee. She grew up in Muskogee and attended school in Boynton, Oklahoma. Lois married the love of her life, Jack J. Jones, on October 29, 1939. On October 30, 1940 the couple had their only child, Sonja Carroll. The family moved to Kilgore and the East Texas oil fields in 1942 where they lived for 20 years. She joined the First Christian Church of Kilgore in 1948 and was very active in the church as well as the local PTA. She and her husband became active in square dancing and became great supporters and promoters of square dancing in the 1960s. Bea and Jack were the “Jo" of "JoDa" camp and festival. They held many offices in local clubs and served as Treasurer and Insurance Directors for the State of Texas. In 1977 they moved to Supulpa, OK, and she became the town’s “Welcome Wagon Hostess”. Upon retirement they moved to Cary, NC, to be with their children where Bea owned a dress shop named the Calico Lady. They enjoyed the beaches and the mountains while in North Carolina but could not get Texas out of their system and in 2002 they returned to their home town of Kilgore. Bea's interest in genealogy allowed her to be a member of the National Huguenot Society under her ancestor Mathieu Agee, and a member of the Daughters of American Revolution, Samuel Paul Dinkins Chapter under her ancestor, John Cowles. She also enjoyed attending the Kilgore Church Women meetings and spending time with her family.
Bea is survived by her daughter and son in law, Carroll and John Bolton, Kilgore; grandchildren: James and Pat Bolton, Knightdale, NC, Kim and Brian Smith, Knoxville, TN, Kerry and Jeannie Bolton, Leander, TX.; great-grandchildren, Courtney and Josh Bolton, N.C., Evan and wife Kara, Leander, TX, Adam Bolton, Bryan, TX, Bryson Bolton, Leander, TX, Tyler and wife Emily Tsoumbos, Murfreesboro, TN, Sawyer Tsoumbos, Manchester, TN, Spencer Tsoumbos, Durham, NC. One great-great-grandchild Rowen Blake Bolton, Leander: brother-in- law, Afton Jones, Salina, Kansas; sister-in-1aw, Jean Jones, Arlington, TX; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other loving family members.
She is preceded in death by her parents William and Anna Agee, husband Jack J. Jones, brother Frank Agee, and sisters Flossie Hankins, Arphie Ralston and Neeta Allen.
Memorials may be made in her name to First Christian Church of Kilgore, 609 E. Main St., Kilgore, TX, 75662.
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