Thomas “T.J.” Jones, age 56, of Pascagoula passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019. He was born July 3, 1963 in Pascagoula and has been a lifelong resident. He graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1982 and enjoyed playing football for his high school. T.J. attended and played football for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston. He was a former employee of Ingalls Shipbuilding as a Production Planner for over 20 years until his health declined around 2008. He a member of First United Methodist Church in Pascagoula and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
T.J. is preceded in death by his father, Judge William B. Jones. He is survived by his daughter, Ashley Ricketts, Arkadelphia, AR; son, Bryan Jones, Gautier; mother, Harolyn Jones, Pascagoula; sister, Elizabeth Hatten (Mark), Gautier; brothers, Bill Jones (B-J), Pascagoula; Robert Jones (Janice), Gautier; grandchildren, Conner Ricketts, Lexi Ricketts, Arkadelphia, AR; Preston Jones, Gautier; nieces, Beverly Hatten, Michelle Hatten, Melissa Dycus, Jessica “Fi” Jones, Gautier; Janyse Cabuta (Chris), Norfolk, VA; Jamee Molander (Kevin), Humble, TX; Madalyn Joyce (Drew), Lancaster, PA; nephews, Will Hatten, Jacob Jones (Connie), all of Gautier; Jarrod Rogers (Katie), Pascagoula; devoted friend to the family, Dorothy “Dot” Gates; a host of great nieces, nephews, and very specials cousins and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, July 12, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm, at O’Bryant-O’Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula. Funeral Service will follow at 3:00pm in the funeral home chapel with burial at Machpelah Cemetery in Pascagoula. Pallbearers will be his nephews, Will Hatten, Jacob Jones, Jarrod Rogers; Godson, Hayden Denmark and childhood friends, Eric Denmark and Troy Summerlin. Honorary Pallbearers: Special longtime friends, Jimmy Colmer, Robin Riser, Randy Zelenka, Mike Byrd, Eric Fox, Darryl Joe, Al Jones, Steve Davis, Phil Dickson, Scott Sisson, Chris Harrell, Darryl Pickich, Mitch Doze, Jay Walker, Jackie Davis, Maurice Davis and Steve Hockaday
The family would like to thank special friends, Dr. Matthew Kuluz and Dr. Perry Hockaday, who were always like fathers to Tom and his family; Clarence Dubose and the wonderful staff at We Care Hospice in Moss Point., Dr. Randy Roth and his medical team. The family would also like to thank Tom’s special friends who visited, called, texted, provided food, comfort, love and prayers during Tom’s illness.
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