Joe Clifford Jones
To plant a seed in one’s heart…to root it in love…
To nourish it with time spent together…
Yields a blossom that will flourish forever.
Joe Clifford Jones was born on March 15, 1942, in Omaha, Texas, to his parents, Raymond Jones and Hattie Chandler Jones. He was the tenth of fifteen children born in the family. He was raised surrounded by his brothers, James, Raymond, John, Bobby, Leverne, William Earl, and his sisters, Lois, Loretta, Lorene, Nona, Bettye, Mildred, Soloma, and Sheila. As a child, he enjoyed playing sports of all kinds and keeping up mischievous fun with his brothers. He also enjoyed fishing.
Joe received his formal education by graduating from Dalworth High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1961.
On December 30, 1971, Joe married the former Bettye J. Smith in Denver, Colorado. They first met while riding the RTD bus. They enjoyed traveling the country many times with friends. They hosted the most epic and memorable parties together. They also enjoyed the regular scheduled date nights together. Joe did so right up till his passing. He was the proud father of three children, Tracy, William, and Rochune, and later the proud grandfather of China, London, and Jaylen. They lovingly called him “Paupau” and fondly remember all the happy and precious moments they shared together. China remembers sitting on his lap and listening to records on the patio.
London remembers the Texas vacations during family reunions. He was later blessed with a great-grandchild, Amir, who was an additional source of joy and pride in his life. Joe and Bettye would host the most sought-after Labor Day Cookout each year. At the time of his passing, Joe and Bettye had been married for over 50 years.
Joe was no stranger to working. He had been an employee of the State of Colorado for over twenty years. He was hard-working and performed his duties with a spirit of excellence.
A man of faith and belief in the Lord, Joe believed in the power of prayer and having a relationship with the Lord. He was a man who led by example in a Godly manner.
Joe was a fun-loving man who enjoyed life and those he encircled. In his free time, he loved listening to music on his record player on his patio and watching his favorite football team, The Dallas Cowboys. Joe loved filling his neighbors with the sounds of old rhythm and blues. He loved a well-manicured lawn and didn’t mind lending a helping hand to many of his neighbors. His best friend, Fred Jones, who preceded him in death, shared many comraderies together. He was the type of person who never met a stranger, carried a jovial personality and an infectious laugh and smile that would light up any room he entered. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known this kind and wonderful man. To know Joe was to love him.
Joe Clifford Jones departed this life on September 8, 2022, in his home in Denver, Colorado.
Those left to cherish his memory and mourn his loss include his loving and devoted wife, Bettye J. Jones; his children, William Scroggins and Rochune Scroggins; 1 brother, Earl (Lois) Jones; 5 sisters, Loretta (Robert) Buchanan, Mildred Alexander, Nona Walker, Soloma Gates and Sheila Jones; 3 grandchildren, China E. Scroggins, London A. Stewart, and Jaylen Jones; 1 great-grandchild, Amir A. Stewart; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends.