Jessie Lee “Billie” Jones, 92, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours Friday, February 19, 2021. She was born February 13, 1929, in Kirbyville, Texas, to Vera and Arthur Falkner. She married Ben Jones, Jr. on June 13, 1948. They were married forty-seven years when he preceded her in death in 1994. She was a devoted wife and loved her husband dearly. Her grandson-in-law often said, “the most unlucky man ever to live would be Billie Jones’ second husband” because she never tired of telling how Ben Jones, Jr. would have done something or what his opinion on a matter would have been.
Billie leaves a big family to mourn her loss and remember her legacy. She was a woman of many names. She was Mama to Sharon and Karen, mother-in-law to Jesse and Larry, and Mawmaw to Tiffany and Ben, Lee and Cassie, and their spouses, whom she claimed as her own. She was also Mawmaw to her great-grandchildren: Ethan, Tye, Garrison, Lauren, Karson, Stephen, Dan, Blaine, Jayden, Jessie, Kash, Anniston & Brooklyn. She was Aunt Billie to many adoring nieces and nephews. She was a daughter, a sister, and a friend.
Billie loved her family and her home. As long as she was able, she worked in her big yard tending azaleas and pruning plants. She was so proud of the home she and Ben had built together. If she wasn’t in the yard, she could likely be found in the kitchen working her magic on a brisket or pork roast. As much as she loved being outside, she also loved being inside cooking a meal in anticipation of her family coming to eat with her. Her greatest joy was having her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with her.
Billie was a loyal member of First Baptist Church, Silsbee for nearly sixty years. She served in VBS, the nursery, and the Sunday school ministries. She was a member of WMU, and supported mission efforts at her church with her time and money. She “studied to show herself approved” and was faithful to teach when called on. She was an encourager and a prayer warrior. She was a champion of the faith, and loved and trusted her Savior, Jesus, unswervingly.
Billie Jones was an amazing woman. She was a wonderful, crazy mixture of down-to-earthness and perfect polish. She was equally and perfectly at ease in her own yard with dirt under her nails and sweat on her brow or dressed-to-thenines at a Women’s Club tea. She was grace and grit comingled; she was truly one-of-a-kind.