James Thomas Jones Jr. – June 15, 1922/July 31, 2012

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James Thomas Jones, Jr.

James Thomas Jones Jr., “Tom”, was born in Dallas, Texas on June 15, 1922, the son of James Thomas Jones Sr. and Ethel Ledbetter, descendant of the Ledbetter Pioneer family that settled in Dallas County. He passed away peacefully at his home on July 31, 2012.

In 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps as an airplane and engine mechanic.  Later he was promoted to Sergeant and in 1943 joined the Air Force 96th Training Detachment at Oshkosh as an instructor.  This is where he met his wife Elsie Mae Cudnohufsky.  After WWII, he moved back to Dallas to raise a family and became a Registered Architect.  In 1961, he was accepted as a member in the prestigious organization of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  In 1962, he was hired as Assistant Building Official for the City of Dallas.  Two years later he became Chief Building Official and worked with the City until retirement in 1983.  After that, he became involved with genealogy and did extensive research on the Ledbetter family.  Tom wrote numerous articles on his ancestors that appear in the book Proud Heritage published by the Dallas County Pioneer Association and The New Handbook Of Texas published by the Texas State Historical Association.  He was a member of the Dallas County Historical Commission from 1985 to 1988.  Tom was a member of The Sons Of The Republic Of Texas, The Sons Of The American Revolution, and the National Society Magna Charta Barons.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his wife and his younger brother Walter.  Tom is survived by his sons Michael of Somersworth NH, Kent of Duncanville,TX, and Patrick of Gainesville, TX; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are 9:30am, Monday, August 6, 2012, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville with Rev. Ed Cole officiating.  Burial will follow in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.  Visitation with the family is 2-4 pm, on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in his name.