Walter T. Jones, 83, of Jacksonville, died on Feb. 26, 2014, surrounded by family. He was born Feb. 3, 1931 in Lafayette County near Stamps, Arkansas, to the late Horace and Ora (McClure) Jones.

Walt (known as "Tommy" as a youth) joined the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from Stamps High School in 1949 and served until 1969 when he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. He served in San Antonio, London, Little Rock, Shreveport, and Germany during his Air Force career. After retirement, he worked for the Frank Lyon Company in Little Rock. He joined the Sardis Methodist Church at age 13, and he was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville since 1969, where he served on the Administrative Board, Finance Committee, and Trustees. He was an Auxiliary member at the North Metro Medical Center.

Walt was preceded in death by one son, Scott Boyer Jones; and two brothers, Jay Dale and Charles Jones. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris (Boyer) Jones; son Todd Jones of North Little Rock; daughters Vicky Evans and husband David of Jacksonville, and Donna Mallard and husband Vincent of Cabot; brother John Paul Jones of McAllen, Texas; grandchildren Tracy Haselow and husband Dirk, Megan Evans and husband Will Atchley, Scott Evans, Troy Jones, Emily Mallard, Kyle Mallard; and great-grandchildren Hunter Jones, Aiden Jones, Faith Jones, Nathaniel Haselow, Abigail Haselow, and Asa Atchley.

Known throughout his life for his generosity and eagerness to help anyone in need, Walt has willed his body to science. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville on Saturday, March 1.