Sterling Brown Jones (Buena Vista)

Born: Mon., Jun. 6, 1932
Died: Mon., Jul. 9, 2018

Celebration of Life

11:30 AM Sat., Jul. 14, 2018
Location: Valley Fellowship Church in Buena Vista

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Sterling Brown Jones, formerly of Kingwood, Texas, passed away suddenly at his home in Buena Vista, Colorado, on July 9, 2018, while recuperating from a recent fall.  He joined his parents and brother in heaven and received his crown of glory and is now resting in the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ.  Sterling was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, on June 6, 1932, to Judge Dick and Idabel Jones. While at OU, he met the love of his life, RaeDonna Lee Moore, whom he married on May 5, 1955 at Penn Avenue Christian Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Sterling graduated from Classen High School in OKC, OK, in 1950, where he was named all-state in baseball and also lettered in basketball.  In December 1954, he graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Geology.  While at OU, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Air Force ROTC, and lettered in both baseball and basketball.  He was a life time member of the OU Varsity O Club and a Boomer Sooner for all eternity!  Sterling began his Air Force career at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, and received his pilot wings at Vance AFB in Enid, OK.  While serving in the Air Force, he played for and coached the Air Force baseball team at Lowry AFB in Denver, CO.  His team won the Worldwide Championship Series and he was named to the Worldwide Air Force Team as a catcher.  

Following Sterling's successful Air Force career as a B-25 pilot, he began his professional career as a geologist in the oil business for Amerada Corporation in Tyler, Texas.  From Tyler, he moved to Tulsa, OK, then Houston, TX, by Amerada Hess Corporation.  Sterling then joined Florida Gas Exploration Company, Jones Exploration Company, and finally ended his career with his business, Jones & Mitchell Exploration Company.

Sterling and RaeDonna were blessed with three children, Dick Sterling, Kimberly Bless, and Kelly Beth.  He was a devoted husband and loving father and thoroughly enjoyed his time with his family on their annual, fun camping and fishing trips!  He also enjoyed coaching his son's youth baseball, basketball, and football teams.  For many years, Sterling was active in the First Christian Church in Tyler and Tulsa and taught both youth and adult Sunday School classes, as well as being a Deacon.  Sterling shared his dad's love for the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter.  He was an expert in tying flies for fly fishing in Colorado and he relished his time at his Oklahoma Twin Lakes cabin where he and his son would go bass and perch fishing, as well as duck and quail hunting.

Sterling was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Charles, brother-in-law Russell Ford, sister-in-law Sarah Jones, and nephew Rebb Jones.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, RaeDonna, son Dick and wife Karen of Fort Worth, Texas, daughter Kimberly Sheets and husband Duane of Friendswood, Texas, daughter Kelly Beth Mitchell and husband Jim of Boerne, Texas, sister Carolyn Ford of Wichita Falls, Texas, brother Dr. Joe Jones of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, brother-in-law Leon Moore and wife Karin of Paden, Oklahoma, and brother-in-law Winston Moore.  He is also survived by very dear friends, a married couple that he considered his adopted son and daughter:  Pete and Gina Daigle.  Sterling, lovingly known as Grandpa, is survived by seven grandchildren:  Alissa Jones Pearson and husband Tim,  Rebb Jones and wife Sarah, LeeAnn Nagel, Nathan Sheets and wife Jenna, Kelsey Mitchell Golden and husband Brian, Dakota Mitchell and wife Maggie, and Megan Jones Minetto and husband Jorge.  In addition, Gpa is survived by eight great-grandchildren: Ethan and Caleb Jordan, Karley, Sterling, and Eleanor Jones, Adelyn and Allison Sheets, and Charlie Rose Mitchell, plus numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  

Sterling's Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 11:30 am at Valley Fellowship Church in Buena Vista, Colorado.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Sterling's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Shriners Hospital for Children in Houston, Texas, or The University of Oklahoma Alumni Club of Houston Scholarship Fund.  

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