Lewis Jones of Newport departed this life on Monday, December 17, 2012, at the age of 71.
He was born Samuel Lewis Jackson Jones on January 23, 1941, in Surrounded Hill the son of Abe and Irene (Lewellen) Jones. Lewis was a 1959 graduate of Newport High School. Following graduation, he pursued the life he loved so well, farming. Lewis farmed alongside his father and brother’s until his father’s death in 1978. The following year, he began farming with his son, Mike. His interest in farming never wavered, even when he was unable to be out in the fields, he was reading about farming or giving farming advice and orders. Lewis has grown everything from cotton and corn to milo, rice, and peas. He volunteered his time serving on numerous boards benefiting the farmers and farming community. Mr. Lewis Jones married Miss Mary Lee Stewart on Christmas Eve, 1959. Together they made their home, loved and cared for their family, and cherished many friendships over the last 53 years. Lewis Jones was a Christian, which was evidenced by the way he lived his life. He will always be remembered for his kindhearted and generous spirit, his limitless patience, strong work ethic, and the influence he had on the young and old alike. Farming and family were the loves of Lewis’ life. His greatest joy was time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Lewis was loved and will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his beloved great-grandson, Brantley Roberts, his parents, a brother, Harold Ray Jones, a sister, Theobeth Beckett, and a great-nephew, Lane Jones. Lewis is survived by his wife, Mary Lee (Stewart) Jones of the home, his children, Mike Jones of Newport, and Lisa Jones of Panama City, Florida, his granddaughter, Lyndsie Roberts and husband, Jacob, his grandson, Hunter Jones, and great granddaughter, Bayleigh Smith all of Newport, his brother, Dorsey Jones, Sr. and wife, Sandra, of Devers, Texas, a special cousin whom he loved as a brother, W.F. “Dub” Sullivan, and wife, June, of Newport, his brother in law, George Beckett of Newport, several nieces, nephews, and a lifetime of friends. Friends may visit at the funeral home, Wednesday, December 19, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel, Thursday, December 20, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. with lifelong friend, Brother John Pollard and Mr. Jeff Rutledge officiating. Interment will be at Browns Chapel Cemetery in Thida. Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Hunter Jones, Dorsey Jones, Jr., Richie Simmons, Tadpole Franks, Greg Mosier, and Michael Shannon. Honorary pallbearers will be Kathy Massey, Carla Stiger, Jeff Rutledge, Glover Haigwood, Bobby Gene Helms, Junior Hinkle, Allen Bowen, David Pankey, Parmer Hankins, Sonny Bridgeman, Tony Holder, Kenneth Bullard, Mike Wright, Marvin Hare, John Minor, Sr., Sonny Hutchinson, Carlon James, Leroy Hall, John L. Conner, Jr., Joe McDonald, Greg James, Sam Nicholson, J.D. “Bezo” Nicholson, Darrin Hutchinson, Scott Mears, Travis Mears, Gary Victory, Floyd Campbell, Roger Fisher, Jason Barber, Shelly Evins, Jerry Roberson, Jesse Whitmire, Craig Shirley, and Kenneth Youngblood. To sign the online register, leave a message of condolence, or light a memorial candle, please visit our website at www.jacksonsfh.com. Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.