In his youth, Larry was an accomplished athlete at Dexter High School, excelling in football, wrestling, track and boxing, where he earned the nickname "Arkansas Flash." He was united in marriage to Kathy Rhea Stobaugh on March 25, 1972 at Dexter, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Jones settled on their farm in Bloomfield where they raised their three children.
Survivors include his spouse of nearly 39 years, Kathy Jones; his daughter and son-in law, Lora and Joe Galati of Jackson; his daughter, Sara Leija, of Bloomfield; his son, Larry Kyle Jones of Bloomfield; four grandchildren, Keaton Leija of Bloomfield, Sam Galati, Vita Claire Galati, and Anna Kate Galati of Jackson; his mother, Wanda Lee Williams of Dexter; two brothers, John Paul Jones of Rector, Ark. and Ronnie Lee Jones of Dexter; his sister, Wanda Sue Bellers, of Jonesboro, Ark.; and many other friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his infant brother, David Louis Jones, in 1958 and by his father, John Ivy "Ivan" Jones, on Jan. 19, 1997.
Visitation will take place at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kevin Eskew officiating. Interment will follow in the Bloomfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Larry B. Jones H.O.P.E. Campaign (Celebrating Healing, Optimism, Prayer, and Example), 23875 State Highway BB, Bloomfield, Mo. 63825. The Jones Family plans to give back, in honor of Larry, by helping other families who are faced with the difficult journey of fighting cancer.