George Jack Jones, 86, of Orange, died Saturday, Aug. 9.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at First United Methodist Church in Orange with the the Rev. John Warren, pastor, officiating. Masonic graveside rites will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Davis Cemetery in Beulah Springs.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Spurger on Feb. 5, 1928, Jack was the son of George W. Jones and Donie (Boyett) Jones.  He received his undergraduate degree in education and history from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s degree in education from the University of Houston.

On Aug. 3, 1950, Jack married the love of his life, Rosalie Himmelreich and they have shared 64 wonderful years of marriage.

Jack was a longtime educator with the Kountze ISD and Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD.  He was a teacher, coach and principal.  He retired as principal from Little Cypress Junior High School in 1983.  He was a life member of Texas State Teachers Association where he served as treasurer for many years.  He was a member of the Orange County Retired Teachers Association and had served on the board of directors of Orange County Teachers Credit Union.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Orange; Kountze Masonic Lodge; El Mina Shrine, where he had been active in their foot patrol and prior to his illness, he was active in the Lutcher Theater Service Guild.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Beatrice Holt, Maxine Alford, Lammie Jordan; brother, Jasper Jones and niece, Linda Kaps.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Jones of Orange; sons, Eric Jones and his wife Stacey, of Frisco, Randy Jones of Rusk and grandchildren, Cheyenne Jones of Rusk, Ryan Jones and Elizabeth Jones, both of Frisco.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 502 N. 6th Street, Orange, Texas 77630.

The family wishes to acknowledge, with grateful appreciation, the compassionate care Jack received from the staff of Southeast Texas Hospice and his caregivers, Debbie Courtney and Cheryl Hardin.