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James Veldon Jones, 82

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 8th, 2013

James Veldon Jones passed away on Sept. 30, 2013. He was born in Globe on Feb. 2, 1931, the son of Winnie Mae Joy Jones and James William (Bill) Jones.

Veldon was raised in Young, Ariz. and went to Young Public Schools.

He had two half brothers, Edward and Winston Byas. Veldon enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952. He was career military and retired from the USAF in 1973. He served his country with pride and traveled all over the world for duty as a military policeman.

In 1959 Veldon married Lois Allene Duchett on the courthouse steps. His only child, Jamiene Velda, was born in 1961 at Lackland AFB. Lois passed away in 1972 and Veldon retired and returned to Globe to raise his daughter.

Veldon worked as a security guard and retired from the Mohave County Sheriff’s office in 1991. Veldon is a 56-year member of the Pinal Mountain Elks. He has been married to Karen Simmons since 1985. They enjoyed many happy years in Kingman, Pinetop and Globe.

Karen has three children, Donna, Chris and James. Veldon raised James as a son from the age of six. James and his wife, Amanda, named their son, Creed Taylor Bray, after Veldon’s great-grandfather.

Veldon loved Cowboy Artists artwork, rodeo and his country.

Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Lamont Mortuary Chapel. Services followed at 10 a.m. Interment was in Young Cemetery at 2 p.m.

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