August 25, 2023, Ted Woodrow Jones, 80, of San Antonio, TX, passed away peacefully at home with his beloved wife Julie at his side. Early that morning, the heat of the day lifted and Ted was ushered into heaven to go fishing with Jesus.
Ted and Julie married in 2000 and resided together first with Ted’s dad, Ted Sr., and later on their own with Ted’s beloved pets by his side. In his bass boat, Ted fished every lake in Texas and then some! An avid outdoorsman, Ted enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son Brandon and his best friend Roger Pritt for many years. He had even just dipped his boat in the water when rushed to his son’s side to witness the birth of his first grandchild, Randy and was equally thrilled to meet his second grandson, Wyatt, just two years later.
As parents of a blended family, Julie and Ted considered every child and grandchild their own. He attended soccer games, dance recitals, and concerts on every child and grandchild’s schedule. Ted’s devotion to his family was never more evident than when he attended his children’s weddings. He walked his daughter Misty down the aisle recently when she wed John Simpson and proudly welcomed Teresa to the family as Brandon’s wife.
Ted, the youngest of two children was born on November 28, 1942, to Ted Sr and Mildred Jones. He graduated Sherman Sr HS in 1961 and after a very brief stint in the US Army went on to serve honorably in the US Navy. Working for Lacks Furniture for 47 years as regional supervisor, Ted had the majority of retail stores under his direction when he retired in 2008.
His interest in fishing extended to launching a very successful small business repairing and building custom fishing rods. But as much as he loved the outdoors and nature, Ted was devoted to people and his faith. He encouraged men in his church which often included a fishing trip. Just last week he was mowing his church property--with oxygen bottle on his lap--in his faithful role as a ‘Premise Keeper’.
In a word, Ted was loving. His caring and keen interest in others drove all his pursuits. All who knew him wanted to claim him as father, grandfather, uncle, brother, or friend and his passion for his children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews made him everyone’s beloved. His canine companions were dear to him. Jazzer has stayed behind with Julie, but Lucky and Lucy are on a long walk with him now.
Family Who Went Before
Ted was predeceased by his mother Mildred (Kuykendall) who died 1991 and his father Ted Jones, Sr who died 2006.
Family He Left Behind
He is survived by his beloved wife Julie Jones, and Sister Shirley Smith (Wayne) and daughter, Misty Jones Simpson (John) and son, Brandon Jones (Teresa) and grandsons Randy and Wyatt. Additionally, he was beloved by the children of Julie: Ed Marlow Marianne, children - Hayden and Brennan), Kevin Marlow (Carol, children - Haley and Austin,) Robbin Benton (Daniel, children - Sabrina and Elizabeth,) and Tiffany Harmon (children - Reagan and Benjamin) with ALL the children affectionately calling Ted ‘Papa.’
Ted was an amazing father, stepfather, grandfather, and extraordinarily giving, Jesus-loving individual. He has more friends than can be counted and some that counted him he didn’t even know about. He is greatly missed and now celebrating with our Savior and released from pain. He was the best witness of God's joy and grace to everyone who crossed his path and an inspiration to all the saints for what it really means to live out one's faith. He surely was greeted with "well done, good and faithful servant.” We all look forward to seeing him again in Paradise.