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Eugene Wright Jones

Born: 6/9/1942

Died: 2/25/2009

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Eugene Wright Jones, 66, of Talihina passed away February 25, 2009, at Sparks Regional Medical Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born June 9, 1942, in Talihina, the son of Jackson and Sallie Wilkins Jones.

He married Margie Ward on January 9, 1971, in McAlester and they were married for 38 years. Eugene worked at the PHS hospital, Talihina and Ada Indian hospitals until he retired in 1993. He served in the U.S. Army Rangers for four years with honors. He attended Goodland School for several years and then he attended Clayton High School, where he graduated.

He enjoyed sports and when he was a child he was always running. He was Clayton High School basketball captain, softball catcher for the Talihina Choctaw team. He enjoyed coaching the baseball team, Talihina Warriors.

He really enjoyed warm weather and being with his family. He never knew a stranger and enjoyed visiting. He always had a smile for you.

He was a member of Good Springs United Methodist Church, Lenox, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; uncle, Melvin Ben; sister, Evelyn Taylor; mother-in-law, Katherine Ward; grandchild, Baby Jones; and two brothers-in-law, Wendy and Melvin Ward.

Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Michael and Paula Jones of Bartlesville and David and fiancÈ Gina Hearn of Talihina; daughter, Catherine and Bobby Carlson of Talihina; seven grandchildren, Christopher Jones, Zamuel Hemphill, Sammy Hemphill, Charles Hemphill, Tamara Hearn, Hailei Emde, Staicei Lewis; one great-grandchild, Donavin Evitt; two brothers-in-law, J.D. and Cindy Ward of Ardmore, Sherman and Gloria Ward of Talihina; three sisters-in-law, Daisy Perry of Bokoshe, Marie and Adam WhiteEagle of Talihina and Betty Wesley of Talihina; sister, Elizabeth Siener of California; and a very special person, Aunt Florence of Divide, Oklahoma.