Theadore Franklin Jones, 93, was at his home, where he wanted to be, in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, when he passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, surrounded by family and love.

Theadore Franklin Jones, 93, was at his home, where he wanted to be, in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, when he passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, surrounded by family and love.

He was born on Aug. 30, 1923, to William and Olive May (Pryor) Jones in Stratford, Oklahoma. He was 1 of 11 children and grew up on the farm.

In 1948 he pulled into a gas station in Stratford, Oklahoma, for an oil change and after the car was lifted up high on the grease racks he asked Bonnie Coffey to marry him. They were happily married for 68 years. He was her forever love. They had one son, Michael Don Jones and lost a baby girl at birth, Evelyn Kay Jones.

He retired from Tinker AFB and was a cattleman most of his life. He was known for being able to just look at a cow or bull and tell its weight within a few pounds. He loved to feed the catfish in his pond, sit on his porch at his country home, and watch the Price is Right. He’d feed every stray dog and turn over every bug or turtle that had flipped over wrong side up on its back. He loved all of God’s creatures and life on the farm. He loved growing fresh tomatoes to eat out of the garden. He also loved to go to his cabin at Lake Eufaula and go fishing. He once caught a 65 pound flat head on a trot line.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in- law and daughter of his heart, Debbie Jones; two sisters, LaFay Gilley and May Jones; four brothers, Theron Jones, David Jones, Luther Jones and Homer Jones; and his beloved cattle dog, Tippy who was better than two hired hands and not for sale.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 68 years, Bonnie Jones of the home; son, Michael Jones of Norman; three sisters and one brother-in- law, Ruth and Melvin McCurdy, Avo Morris of Hendersonville, Tennessee, and Ruby Shelton of Portland, Oregon; brother and sister-in- law, Sherman and Pat Jones of Arlington, Texas; two granddaughters, Amy Jones of Earlsboro and Ashley and her husband Brent Edgemon of Oklahoma City; and other loving extended family and friends.

And as you would always tell us every night Papa…“Good night, God Bless You, I Love You.”

Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 16, and continue through service time.

Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, March 17, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mike Craig, Temple Baptist Church of Shawnee officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guest book on-line, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.