James “Jimmy” Ray Jones

James “Jimmy” Ray Jones, a resident of Willow Springs, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 23, 2020 while at Cox South in Springfield, MO. He was born November 20, 1950 in Riverside, CA to Allen Roy and Violet Ruth (Blackwell) Jones and was 69 years old.
Jimmy grew up in Riverside, CA and attended the Arlington School. After graduating from High School in 1969, Jimmy enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1970. He also attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute where he excelled to the point of being offered a scholarship. Jimmy loved to cook for his family, and they loved his cooking. He was proficient at fixing fried chicken, pot roast, ham and beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits and gravy, and many other delicious foods. He was happy to be on his farm, taking care of his cattle; however, he was happiest when he was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family, his friends, and all who knew him.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Angie Belt; his sister, Sharon Runnels; and his brother, Junior Jones.
He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer R. Storey of Springfield, MO; his grandchildren: Brad Belt, Brandon Belt, Josh Storey, and Jessica Storey; 8 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Carolyn Norton and Charlotte Owens; nieces: Elizabeth Martz, Gina Runnels, Stefani Jones, and nephews: Jesse Norton, James Norton, Jesse Jones, and Billy Martz.
A memorial service for Jimmy will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. at Willow Funeral Home, LLC with Pastor David Lovan officiating with full military honors following.  Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC.  Online condolences may be left at www.willowspringsfuneralhome.com

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