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.