Jones – Francis (Skip) Xavier Jones, 74, died on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The cause of death was extensive Pneumonia.
Born May 8, 1940 to the late Harry and Mary (Padgett) Jones in Washington, DC, he attended Southern High School and graduated in 1958. Skip served in the U.S. Air Force until 1966 attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, and achieving an Air Force Commendation Medal while assigned to the 631st Combat Support Group at Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.
On February 14, 1963 he married his loving wife Freda Arlene Jones. He lived in Orlando and worked with the Pine Castle Fire Department. In 1978 he moved to St. Cloud, FL working with The Martin Brower Company as a truck driver; he retired in 2006 after 30 years. He then joined Wild Florida Airboats & Wild Life Park enjoying his passion of airboating providing tours on local lakes.
Skip will be especially remembered for his kind heart and the love of those he met every day. He never met a stranger and always had a helping hand to lend. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather that gave endlessly to his family and friends. His joy has left an empty space within us and we will forever love and miss him until we meet again.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Arlene; daughter Debra Arlene Jones, Charlotte, NC; son Kenneth Simmons Jones, St. Cloud, FL; grandson Justin Simmons Jones, St. Cloud; step granddaughters Victoria and Alicea Cruz of Poinciana; and his sister Margaret Anne Jones McAllister, Owings Mills, MD. Skip was preceded in death by his brother John Timothy Jones.
Family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015 in the funeral home chapel and a memorial service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2, at Osceola Memory Gardens, 2000 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769.
Arrangements entrusted to Osceola Memory Gardens, St. Cloud.
THOMPSON – Ruth Bentley (Selfridge), 93, of St. Cloud, Florida passed away Monday, April 27, 2015. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 2, 1921 the daughter of Robert Selfridge and Elizabeth Teresa Hickey. Ruth was one of the first “U.S.O. Girls” in Boston, Massachusetts during World War II. She married Robert E. Thompson in Greenville, N.C. while he was in the U. S. Army. The Thompson’s lived in Grand Junction, Colorado, Dallas, Texas and Lakewood, Colorado.
Ruth was a retired Music Teacher, teaching Piano, Organ, Accordion and Guitar in her Home Conservatory for over 40 years. In her 60’s Ruth returned to college and attained her Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Physics at Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO. Ruth and Bob traveled the United States, all of Canada, three trips to Eastern and Western Europe and crossed the Equator on a freighter trip.
After her husband’s death, Ruth returned to Massachusetts where she was a long-time subscriber of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Friday Afternoons. In her 70s, Ruth attended the University of Massachusetts on a Fellowship including a trip to Washington, D.C. In her 80s, Ruth was a member of the Foxboro Garden Club, a Volunteer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, and she volunteered at the Watertown, MA Public Library delivering books to shut-ins. She enjoyed a hosted visit of Spain and her last great trip was through Thailand to Nepal and an elephant ride in Katmandu.
She moved to St. Cloud in 2009 from Waltham, Massachusetts.
Ruth is survived by her son: Neil B. Thompson (Tiffany) of Steep Falls, Maine; daughter: Christine Falkowski (Edward) of St. Cloud, Florida and 6 grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Robert Enloe Thompson, and her sister, Jean Wilmont (Selfridge) Lyons.
The family will receive friends on Monday, May 4, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:15 a.m., at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1603 N. Thacker Ave, Kissimmee, Florida 34741 with Father Tim LaBo as Celebrant. Ruth will be laid to rest in the Ft. Logan National Cemetery with her husband in Denver, Colorado.
The Thompson family is being cared for by: Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741.