Obituary for Houston Bibb Jones
Heflin - A Memorial Service for Houston B. Jones of Heflin, Alabama, will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church in Heflin. The church is located one mile north of the intersection of Highway 78 and 46 in Heflin.
Mr. Jones died on April 13, 2018, while working in the woods on his home farm. His survivors include his wife of 67 years, Betty; son, Steve Jones and wife Ann; son, Rev. Les Jones and wife Dani; sister, Barbara Culberson; brother, Joe Jones; grandchildren, Jennifer Jones, Laura Faulkner and husband Rev. David Faulkner, Erica Nolen and husband Blake, Dustan Jones and wife Mary; and two great-grandchildren, Mattie Grace Nolen and Ethan Nolen.
Houston was born on September 5, 1929 and grew up in Heflin, the son of Leo and Mattie McWhorter Jones. Leo was a well known, life-long high school teacher and principal who also served in the Alabama state Legislature many years ago. But "Papa Leo" was probably best known for his large family (Houston's siblings) and his involvement with Sacred Harp singing.
Houston often drove Papa Leo Jones and his wife "Miss Maggie" as they visited churches across the southern United States. As a result, he learned to love Sacred Harp music, and also learned to sing the beautiful Sacred Harp "anthems" and hymn tunes. Throughout his life, Houston was devoted (as were his ten sisters and brothers) to this special type of "Southern" church music. Some of his favorites were "Murillo's Lesson" and "Rocky Road". It was not unusual for his family to hear him humming while working around the yard, or singing one of these well-known tunes. He was often on hand at the Old Shoal Creek Church in the Talladega National Forest for the summer "singing and dinner-on-the grounds."
Following his graduation from high school in Heflin, and having attended both Jacksonville State and Auburn Universities, Houston married Betty Dennis in Camp Hood, Texas on December 12, 1950. He then served in the U.S. Army in Japan during the Korean War through the summer of 1951. Upon his discharge from the Army, he and Betty bought their first home in Heflin and began raising their family with sons Steve and Les being born in the next few years.
Houston led his family in involvement in church activities while also working, first at General Electric Company in Oxford, Alabama, and finally at Moore Business Forms as Plant Accountant. His personal interests included fishing, gardening, raising cattle, beekeeping, woodworking, and many horticultural activities including the art of growing and keeping Bonsai trees.
Most of all, Houston's family will always remember his devotion to Christ and His Church. This culminated in his crowning achievement, the construction of Heritage Baptist Church in Heflin. With his own sawmill and trees from his property, he made and supplied lumber to construct the church building. Finally, Houston also served as church treasurer, to perfection, until his death.
To God be the Glory!
"His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." - Matthew 25:21.