Thomas Allen Jones II, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2019 in his Smithville, Texas home.
Tommy was born in Houston on April 11, 1948 to Thomas and Angie Jones. He grew up in West University Place and graduated from Lamar High School. Tommy fulfilled his patriotic duties by serving in the Air Force from 1969 to 1973 as an aircraft mechanic, and was stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas. He married his wife, Madeline Kay Wilcox of 22 years in Del Rio, Texas. They later moved back to Houston to work for his father’s company, Bil-Jax Scaffolding and settled into their home and later started a family in West University place. In 1980, Tommy followed his dream of serving his community, and joined the City of West University Fire Department as a fireman and paramedic. As if that was not enough, he also served as a volunteer constable for Precinct 4 as well as multiple side jobs. After 31 years of dedicated service, he retired from the fire department in 2011. Even after retirement he succeeded in maintaining his paramedic, police, and fire certifications. In 2019, he finally reached his retirement dream and settled at the Jones family farm in Smithville, Texas.
In Tommy’s earlier years, he fueled his addiction for adrenaline as a Midget race car driver. He would travel to all the local dirt tracks to race and compete, while his family cheered for him in the stands. After his driving days, he continued watching or attending racing events.
Many weekends were enjoyed at the Jones family farm house in Smithville. Some of his favorite activities at the farm were teaching his children to fish, hike, and shoot guns. Tommy was a devoted family man, and spent his spare time taking his children to airshows, beaches, museums, yearly Jamboree in Smithville, rodeos, and country music concerts. He was involved in the kids swim team, bmx bike racing and go-cart racing. Tommy also had a love and passion for animals. His pets were very dear to his heart and he treated them more like children than pets. Where ever he went, his dogs were sure to go, and he spoiled them daily. For instance, if he went through a drive-thru to get food, he would have to order the dogs a meal as well. He could not just eat in front of them, they all had to eat together.
Tommy will always be remembered for his love, his easy going demeanor, humor, kindness, compassion, dedication, his huge heart, and willingness to help anyone that he could. And above all those things, he will be remembered as the BEST father and grandfather in the world. He was blessed by having 3 beautiful children; daughter, Stephanie Jones Reitmeier and husband Justin Reitmeier, daughter, Jennifer Jones Whitworth-King, and son in-law, David Whitworth-King, son, Tommy Jones III and wife Sandra Brewer Jones. He had loving grandchildren; Kayden, Kyleigh, Kole Reitmeier, Colten, Emma, Emerson Whitworth-King and baby girl Jones arriving in January.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents Thomas Allen Jones and Angie Jones.
Thomas Allen Jones II is survived by sisters; Linda Pizzi and husband Paul, Jackie Lloyd and husband Raymond. He was also survived by nephews; Jeffrey Schoettlin, Collin Schoettlin and wife Alaina and Raymond Lloyd and wife Emily. As well as many cherished Aunts, Uncles and cousins that he loved dearly.
What a blessed life Tommy lived, filled with love, laughter and adventure. He was a man bigger than life and will never be forgotten.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the West University Fire Department, 3800 University Blvd, Houston 77005. (713) 662-5835
West University Fire Department
3800 West University Blvd., Houston TX 77005