Jessie Lee Jones

February 13, 1929 - February 19, 2021

Jessie Jones

Jessie Lee “Billie” Jones, 92, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours Friday, February 19, 2021. She was born February 13, 1929, in Kirbyville, Texas, to Vera and Arthur Falkner. She married Ben Jones, Jr. on June 13, 1948. They were married forty-seven years when he preceded her in death in 1994. She was a devoted wife and loved her husband dearly. Her grandson-in-law often said, “the most unluckiest man ever to live would be Billie Jones’ second husband” because she never tired of telling how Ben Jones, Jr. would have done something or what his opinion on a matter would have been.

Billie leaves a big family to mourn her loss and remember her legacy. She was a woman of many names. She was Mama to Sharon and Karen, mother-in-law to Jesse and Larry, and Mawmaw to Tiffany and Ben, Lee and Cassie, and their spouses, whom she claimed as her own. She was also Mawmaw to her great-grandchildren: Ethan, Tye, Garrison, Lauren, Karson, Stephen, Dan, Blaine, Jayden, Jessie, Kash, Anniston & Brooklyn. She was Aunt Billie to many adoring nieces and nephews. She was a daughter, a sister, and a friend.

Billie loved her family and her home. As long as she was able, she worked in her big yard tending azaleas and pruning plants. She was so proud of the home she and Ben had built together. If she wasn’t in the yard, she could likely be found in the kitchen working her magic on a brisket or pork roast. As much as she loved being outside, she also loved being inside cooking a meal in anticipation of her family coming to eat with her. Her greatest joy was having her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with her.

Billie was a loyal member of First Baptist Church, Silsbee for nearly sixty years. She served in VBS, the nursery, and the Sunday school ministries. She was a member of WMU, and supported mission efforts at her church with her time and money. She “studied to show herself approved” and was faithful to teach when called on. She was an encourager and a prayer warrior. She was a champion of the faith, and loved and trusted her Savior, Jesus, unswervingly.

Billie Jones was an amazing woman. She was a wonderful, crazy mixture of down-to-earthness and perfect polish. She was equally and perfectly at ease in her own yard with dirt under her nails and sweat on her brow or dressed-to-the-nines at a Women’s Club tea. She was grace and grit comingled; she was truly one-of-a-kind.

A celebration of Billie’s life will begin at 2:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  Her interment will follow at R.S. Farmer Cemetery, Silsbee.

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Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
3:00 p.m.
R.S. Farmer Cemetery R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery
Silsbee Silsbee, TX 77656

Comments (13)

  • Glenn & Beth McClammy

    23 February 2021 at 19:53 | #

    Prayers and good thoughts with the family Mrs. Jones always was dressed in her finest clothes even when working in the yard she had to look her finest in case she was called to town. She leaves many good memories for her loved ones.


  • Jim & Tammy de Garavilla

    22 February 2021 at 18:41 | #

    Ben, Cassie, Lee, & Karen,

    You’re in our thoughts and prayers as you face the loss of your mother and grandmother. Regardless of a long life lived well, the loss of a loved one is never easy. Our hope and prayer is that you experience God’s love and peace now and in the weeks and months ahead as you celebrate her life and legacy.

    “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians‬ ‭4:8-9‬ ‭NIV


  • Gwen Smith

    22 February 2021 at 02:50 | #

    Aunt Billie I have always known you, always loved you and now miss you until we all meet again in our heavenly home.. You were always a great example of a good Christian Lady and I have learned so much from you.. I thought of you daily and had hope for the time we could hug you again. We will keep your legacy going. Our families will grow and we will always remember you to them. Gwen Falkner Smith


  • Nan & Truman Gore

    21 February 2021 at 23:32 | #

    So very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for all


  • Chuck Mason

    20 February 2021 at 20:23 | #

    Billie's husband Ben worked for Mason Construction for many years, so the extended Mason family got to know Billie. As the obituary so aptly states, she was both "down to earth" and elegant. We were al fortunate to know her.


    • Tiffany Kilpatrick

      21 February 2021 at 13:18 | #

      Thank you, Chuck. Mawmaw loved your mama and daddy. She was so pleased when we were invited to attend the Mason Construction anniversary party a few years back. She considered it an honor.



    20 February 2021 at 15:06 | #

    Sharon, Karen, and families , my prayers are with you all during your loss of your beautiful mother.. I can remember her working a Sear catalog store in Silsbee and she was always so kind and sweet to me ...time helps, however mine has been gone over 25 years and I see miss her..prayers for all


  • Kelly

    20 February 2021 at 04:23 | #

    I don't even know your mom....but her smile was so pretty, I just had to read her obituary. I cried as I read her life....what a wonderful lady she must have been! I felt I knew her after the beautifully written memorial. Prayers for your family.


  • Charlotte Stephens

    20 February 2021 at 03:44 | #

    So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. We were in Woman's Club together. Billie was very dedicated in serving the public. Members spent many hours at her home sewing blankets for cancer patients at MD Anderson. Billie has been and will be greatly missed. God bless and comfort you all during this time. Charlotte Stephens


  • Ron & Peggy Sterling Scarborough/Georgetown, TX

    20 February 2021 at 02:18 | #

    Karen, sending our heart felt condolences to you and yours for the difficult days ahead. Much love...


  • Pastor Billy Kilpatrick

    20 February 2021 at 01:35 | #

    This obituary is a beautiful tribute to Mrs. Jones! What a great reunion she is celebrating as she, in her graceful way, stepped into eternity. Our prayer for your family is that the Holy Spirit will comfort, encourage, and sustain you all for the days ahead.


    • Tiffany Kilpatrick

      21 February 2021 at 13:19 | #

      Thank you, pastor.


  • Carrie Rashall

    19 February 2021 at 22:19 | #

    Sharon, Karen and family, our prayers are with you during the loss of your Wonderful Mother. May God bring peace during this difficult time. So hard to lose your Mother.


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