Theodore (Ted) L. Jones
Theodore (Ted) L. Jones, longtime Claremore businessman, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021. He was 89 years old. Ted Jones was born on December 21, 1931, in Parrish, Alabama, to Floyd and Rilla Jones. He joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in the last squadron of B-29s at Lowry Air Force Base near Denver, Colorado. It was while in Denver that he met Corrinne “Corky” Jones, marrying on June 20, 1953. Following his enlistment, he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a degree in accounting. They adopted their first child, Jeff, in Kansas City, MO in Jan 1960 and adopted their second child, Dixie, in Colorado in 1963. Ted eventually moved the family to Tucson where Tad was born in 1972. In 1973, Ted seized the opportunity to purchase a regional oil company, based in Chelsea, that he renamed Green Country Oil & Gas, and the family settled in Claremore. Ted and Corky quickly immersed themselves in supporting the community. Over the years, Ted became a member of the Claremore Lion’s Club, the Booster Club in Oologah, joined the boards of the Claremore Hospital, Claremore Chamber of Commerce, the Rogers State University Foundation, and served as a Will Rogers Memorial Commissioner. He served as president of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and the Chelsea School Foundation. He dedicated significant time and energy in developing and supporting Hope Harbor Children’s Home and various improvements to the City of Claremore, to include the building of the new Rogers County Courthouse. Ted also loved coaching kids and coached several little league baseball teams in Claremore. His central focus in life was always his family, primarily his children, but also fostering and maintaining close relations with a broad extended family of siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, and a growing brood of grandchildren. Ted was a dedicated storyteller, loving nothing more than traveling, collecting experiences, meeting new people, and telling stories about all of it! A high point for him and Corky was attending the inaugural ball for President Ronald Reagan. Ted is survived by his children and their spouses, Jeff and Shirley Jones of Arizona, Dixie and Dakota Wood of Virginia, and Tad and Sammi Jones of Claremore, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded by his wife and four siblings. A Reception in honor of Ted will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial on Tuesday, January 12th from 2-4 pm and a graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at 3pm at Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. www. floralhaven.com for more information. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Harbor Children’s Home, 2104 S. Highway 66, Claremore, OK 74017.