On November 26, 2021, Christine Williams Jones reached her long-anticipated destination. The first-born child of Rosa and Buck Williams, Christine was born at home on January 14,1913, in Fordyce, Arkansas. In January she would have celebrated her 109th birthday.
While her parents worked in the sawmill commissary, as the older sister, she cared for her three younger brothers and later a younger sister. The family was always involved in the timber industry and the mill camps usually had a one room schoolhouse attended by all ages. Christine and her brothers walked 3 miles to get to school. An older, good-looking, dark-haired young man, C.S.(Shorty) Jones, often volunteered to help the younger ones at recess and he immediately caught the eye of young Christine. Love blossomed during their Sunday afternoon rides in Shorty’s Model T, and they were eventually married outside the preacher’s house. Their marriage lasted 58 years. Soon after their marriage, her younger sister was born. The families, continued to work in the sawmills, using horses and mules to log the timber.
With news of “Big Texas Pines,” the families moved to Texas and established mills in Dekalb and Gilmer. The depression brought hard times to the families and the business but the oil boom in the Kilgore area was a lifesaver to their business with lumber being needed for roads, derricks, etc. Later mills were built in Garrison, Caro, Newton, and Wiergate with the family residing in Nacogdoches. There are still joint projects among family members with Christine always emphasizing the importance of working together with love, forgiveness, and understanding.
Christine was a homemaker who was always involved in her children’s activities. She was an expert seamstress, enjoyed flower arranging and creating a beautiful yard and oil painting. She was a founding member of Dilletante Study Club and a member of DAR. She was dedicated to her church, taught Sunday School, was a member of the Berean Sunday School Class and enjoyed being involved in mission activities. Her focus, however, was intercessory prayer. She loved to pray for people and their needs; she fervently believed in the power of prayer. Her advice to young people and parents, “Stay on your knees, in prayer with your Bible in your hands.”
Preceding her in death were her husband, C.S.”Shorty” Jones, son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Jo Marie Jones, parents, Rosa and Buck Williams and brothers and sisters-in law, Grover Williams, Elmer and Mary Louise Williams and Houston and Nell Williams.
She is survived by a son, C. Stanley Jones and wife Diane, and by a daughter, Rose Ann Pool and husband Charles. She is also survived by a sister, Alma Ruth Shofner and husband, Vyrne of Nacogdoches.
Her grandchildren are Ricky and Patricia Jones, Ed and Nicole Pool, Clay and Andrea Jones of Nacogdoches, Lydia Jones Noble and Jay of Sherman, Teresa Jones Smith and Paul of Richardson, Chris and April Pool of Jasper, and Angela Jones Risher and Chris of Austin. Her great-grandchildren are Taylor and Emily Jones, Stephen and Hannah Jones, Samuel Jones, Jacob and Hallie Noble, Sarah Noble, Courtney Smith, Patrick Smith, Rebecca Smith, Callie Pool Berry and Shawn, Abby Pool Taylor and Chase, Millie Pool Wilson and Tim, Colton Pool, Allison Pool, Cason Pool, Ashlyn Jones, Cait Jones, Claire Risher and Jonathan Risher. There are nine great-great grandchildren and one on the way, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by a special other family, Bertha and Manuel Guerra, Tony Mendez, and Michael Mendez.
The family would like to express appreciation for the loving care these sweet friends have shown to Mama Tine in her later years. They are Bertha Guerra, Linda Edwards, Betty Deckard, Stacy Mims, Tammie Jarrell, Tamra Kegler, Sarah Aiken, Nancy Whitaker, and Mary Noble.
A private graveside service will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Sunset Memorial Mausoleum followed by visitation for friends and family at 1:00 p.m. and a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at Cason Monk Funeral Home Chapel. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches, Heartbeat Crisis Pregnancy Center of Nacogdoches, Love INC of Nacogdoches, or the charity of your choice.