The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 26, 2010

Marty Javon Jones

The Joplin Globe


Marty Javon Jones, 46, passed away at home on Saturday, April 24, 2010, after a courageous battle with melanoma, surrounded by family.

Marty was born on Aug. 19, 1963, in Clovis, N.M., to Donald and Linda (Kube) Jones. He was a 1981 graduate of Carthage Senior High and Missouri Southern State College with an associate degree followed by a bachelor’s degree in 1991.

Marty was Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church in Carthage, where he and his wife, Cheryl Murray, were married on June 21, 1985. Marty had been employed with KMT Waterjet in Baxter Springs, Kan., for 25 years, currently as technical service manager. He was a dedicated employee that loved his work and instilled in his children his exemplary work ethics.

Marty is survived by his wife of 25 years, Cheryl, daughter, Meagan and son, Kaleb, of the home; his mother, Linda Smith, of Carthage; sister, Marla Shumny and husband Mike, of Carthage; stepsisters, Shirley Darby and husband Jim, of Grand Lake, Okla., and Kaye Jones and husband Don, of Reston, Va.; uncle, Dean Jones, of Osceola, Mo.; mother-in-law, Margie Murray, of Carthage; sister-in-law, Brenda Spry and husband Jerry, of Carthage; special nephew, Taylor Reese and wife Olivia, of Olathe, Kan.; and other nieces and nephews and many cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Jones, in 1967; stepfather, Roy Smith; stepsister, Diana Marler; and father-in-law, Leon Murray.

Marty loved to spend time with his family, followed closely by his love of flying both remote and piloted planes. He obtained his private pilot’s license in 1991. He shared his love of John Deere equipment and farming with his son, Kaleb, and cherished time he and his family spent riding his motorcycles.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the First Baptist Church in Carthage. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, also at the First Baptist Church.

Special thanks to Avalon Hospice for the wonderful care given to Marty these past few months.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Avalon Hospice of Joplin, First Baptist Church of Carthage, or Gideon’s International in care of the Ulmer Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ulmer Funeral Home.