Edgar 'Eddie' Harlow Jones
Edgar ‘Eddie’ Harlow Jones
PITTSBURG — Edgar “Eddie” Harlow Jones of Pittsburg died in a Tyler hospital on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, due to complications of COPD at age 77.
Eddie is survived by his son, J Harlow Jones and granddaughter Shelby Anne Jones of Pittsburg, and by granddaughter Jayden Haley Jones of Shreveport.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Barbara Jones, and by his wife of 47 years, Marion Jo Decker Jones.
Eddie was born November 15, 1941, in Longview. He graduated Pine Tree High School in 1960, and attended Kilgore College and Texas Tech University. Eddie was a great mechanic and a gifted inventor. He loved working in Texas Utilities’ coal-fired and nuclear power plants where he invented mechanical devices to make operations safer and to extend equipment life. He lived on Lake Bob Sandlin and enjoyed untold hours trotline fishing for giant catfish.
That’s the sunshine and smiles part of Eddie’s life story, but it is far from being a full depiction. Drafted for military service in 1966, he was selected for OCS following Basic Training, and he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army before being sent to Viet Nam. Much of Eddie’s time in Viet Nam was spent in field combat. His intense nightmares throughout the remainder of his life came from the actual experiences of face-to-face fighting with enemy soldiers who had been heavily drugged and sent on suicide charges.
Eddie was deemed a “war hero” by his government. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Special Recognition For Valor On The Battlefield. Some of the folks back home were not so welcoming to their returning warriors. The first prospective employer Eddie interviewed looked at his application and said, “Oh, I see you are one of those “baby killers’.”
Eddie lived the rest of his remaining 49 years with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...aka PTSD. He could not sleep in his wife’s bed lest the nightmares cause him to attack her as if defending his own life.
The claustrophobia grew worse and worse over time. The sudden onset panic attacks became the worst part of his everyday life. That was his PTSD hell. That is the price Eddie Jones paid to serve his fellow Americans. He never once complained. He was a proud American.
Graveside services are scheduled at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Ebenezer Cemetary, located approximately five miles East of Pittsburg on FM 557 with the Rev. Mike Kessler presiding. A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the events center at 210 Mill Pond Drive in Longview, Texas.

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Ernie Davis

Eddie and I became friends, maybe more than friends in 1973. He was manager of the Mt. Pleasant Goodyear store and I liked to him to get a job as service manager telling him I definitely knew how to do everything in the shop. I had never run a tire machine but saw the others in the shop doing it so figured I could do it if they could. A friendship was born,. We had the only store in the Dallas district that was running in the black. For bonus layer he made me assistant manager and retail sales manager. We did some stuff that was against Goodyear rules but it kept us in the black. An account owed us money but he couldn't pay so he gave yes a boost instead. Nice boat but the paint was dead and we just couldn't sell it, we waxed it, buffed it but nothing worked. We were due an audit and if we got caught with that boat it would of been our jobs. A guy called from texarkana saying he wanted to see it. Well it had to look good so I went out and wiped it down with 30 wt motor oil and rubbed and rubbed so it didn't feel oily and it sounded like a new dollar. The guy loved it and bought the boat. Eddie got to telling the story and laughed so hard he nearly cried. He said I would like to see the guy the first time he put it in the water and this rainbow oil ring surrounded the boat. He left Goodyear a few months later to go to work for T U Electric. I left the country and he talked me into coming back in 1978 and helped me get on with TU. Yes Eddie was a fantastic mechanic as well as a person. I personally worked with him on several of his inventions at TU and he received no real deserved credit for some of the things he did. We spent a lot of time both at work and away. We fished and worked on side projects together. We knew nothing about satellite TV but we started buying kits and selling themand before long we knew as much as anybody about them. We installed some where other companies said the couldn't put a system. We actually installed one of the big 10' dishes atop a40 foot pole. It was work but we head fun doing it together. Eddie did share a lot of his experiences in Viet Nam with me and told me about how it had effects him, like giving him a week stomach. I messed with him about it and got cursed a couple of times like once down st the intake at TU cleaning the screens. I found a muscle and asked to borrow his knife. He turned away doing something and I opened it aye was cheating it up when he turned around when he said Ernie don't act like your eating that thing. I stuck my time out with this chewed up muscle on it and Eddie took off to three shop heaving. Man he was fun to work with. He didn't care for my first wife but he really liked my current wife and his family and mine were close till I moved away for work after TU let me go. I loved Eddie like a brother, lived his wife Jo, his son J. His favorite dog Gentleman Jones. J. Spent many nights at my house with mt son Ricky. Eddie you will be dearly missed. I know God has your mansion in heaven on a lake and your already trying to figure a better way to polish those streets of gold. Rest in Peace, those nightmares are now gone old friend.

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