Cecil Leland Jones Jr.


Cecil Leland Jones Jr., son of Cecil Jones Sr. and Eva Snowder Jones, passed away April 27, 2019, in Edmond.
Cecil was born in McAlester, on December 18, 1930. He graduated from McAlester High School and the University of Oklahoma, where he earned both a bachelor and master's degrees of science. He was affiliated with Sigma Gamma Epsilon honorary geological fraternity, Pick Hammer club and the Society of the Sigma Ki National Scientific Research Society.
He served in the United States Air Force where he was a distinguished graduate of the U.S.A.F pilot training program. He flew the F84F and the F86 Sabre Jet planes and was stationed in England as a member of the 78th Fighter Bomber Wing Squadron.
After leaving the air force, he spent 31 years with Cities Service Oil Company, later Occidental Petroleum and was a member of the Denver Geophysicist Society, retiring in 1991 as exploration manager for the Frontier Region.
He met Carolyn Lankford on a blind date, and they were married at the Britton Christian Church seven months later on May 9, 1959. They enjoyed almost 60 years of marriage.
In addition to his loving wife, Carolyn, he is survived by a son, Michael Robert, of Houston, Texas, and a daughter, Susan Carol, and grandgodson, Jack Ivan Mullins, of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by a sister, Geraldine Cheney, of Oklahoma City; sister-in-law, Rosalee Curtis, and nieces and nephews, Todd and Joan Curtis, Candice and Brian Graham and Lori and Danny Higginbottom and their families.
He enjoyed being with his family, his work, O.U. football and traveling with Carolyn and their friends.
He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and volunteered 20 years at Breakfast on Boulevard in Edmond. He was a loving, kind, and thoughtful man and we look forward to being with him in heaven.
A memorial service honoring his life will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at Church of the Servant, 14343 North MacArthur Boulevard, Oklahoma City. Arrangements are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home of Edmond.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Care Center at Church of the Servant.
Published on May 6, 2019
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May 06, 2019