Oscar Odell “Bill” Jones, 86, of Bryant, Arkansas departed this life to be with his Lord on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
He spent twenty one years in the United States Army, served two tours in Korea and then another two in Vietnam, retiring from the 5thSpecial Forces. During his Army career, Bill was an instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia and a court translator in Germany. He had over one thousand jumps and earned his wings from different countries. He studied in Paris to be a hypnotist and later a magician to entertain the troops. Bill also sang in a barber shop quartet.
After retiring from ten years in civil service, he moved to Bryant, Arkansas, keeping busy with his many hobbies. One of his favorite hobbies was wood carving, notably ducks with intricate, precise feathers. Bill became interested in restoring old jukeboxes and brought them back to life beautifully restored. Eventually, his many talents were noted by a visitor to his shop. The visitor was so impressed by all of Bill’s talents, that he suggested to a writer at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that there should be a story written about him. When the article was published, he was titled the “Jukebox Hero”.
Bill was preced in death by his parents, Homer and Virgina Jones.
He is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Mary Ann Jones; children, Cynthia Bartlett, Robert Jones, Rhonda (Rich) Brostrom, Jerrie Stokes and Karen (David) Garson; grandchildren; great grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services to be held on January 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 West Maryland Avenue, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Wayne Killian to officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Little Rock Compassion Center.
Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.
Bill was a great neighbor and friend. I wish we could have spent more time together. He had so many talents and sounds like he had a great life. This was very sad to hear of his departure. Anne, our thoughts are with you at this time of loss.
We are so sorry for your loss. Our love thoughts and prayers to you all. A great man will be missed.
Wish I could have met Bill, we had so much in common. I too am a proud alumnus of the Army Special Forces. I will look for you on the objective Bill. De Oppresso Liber