Billy Lane Jones, 61, found a place of comfort with his father, Bill and Christ on Dec. 2, 2019 in his mother's home, surrounded by family. Lane Jones, son of Billy Ray Jones and Rosalie Donna Jones (Hopkins), was born April 28, 1958 in Jonesboro, Ark. He married Paula Marie Branscum on Aug. 21, 1982 in Qulin. He was a man, who in his time played many parts, not always out of necessity, sometimes out of curiosity, but inevitably done as well as could be.
In 1985, he and his wife, Paula, moved back to Missouri from Texas; before moving, they sold old furniture they had originally brought from Missouri. That sale struck beyond their expections, and launched an over 30 year adventure into the antique business, otherwise known as Fairdealing Trading Company.
He attended Three Rivers College and earned a BACHELOR'S degree in psychology from SEMO. He worked as a Youth Specialist for Missouri Division of Youth Services for 15 years, during which he was awarded "Employee of the Year".
He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Old Appleton, MO. He was a man of good humor, goodwill and a good heart. Whereas others would halt, his determination and faith led him ever onward. "QUAM Bene Vivax Refert Non QUAM Diu." It is how well you live that matters, not how long.
He is survived by his wife, Paula (Branscum) of Oak Ridge; his sons Dylan (Sydney) of Hazelwood and Jesse Jones of Austin TX; his mother, Rosline Jones (Hopkins) ; his sister Lisa DeGaris ( Ed); Nephews Chris DeGaris (Michelle) , Ross DeGaris (Pam); niece, Liz Christian Kilhafner (Mark); special friend and caregiver, Anette Harris, all of Poplar Bluff; and special friends, Ned and Cheryl Coleman of Austin, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, Billy R. Jones.
There will be a celebration of life memorial service at 3 pm Saturday, Dec. 7 at Grace Christian Fellowship Church, of Poplar Bluff.
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