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          “The greatest man you ever knew.”  It is with such heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved father, grandfather and friend, George Bernard “Shorty” Jones on Monday, April 10, 2017.  George was born on September 2, 1930 to William Henry and Vassie Ann (Crow) Jones.  He was the youngest of nine children and grew up in Clarksville, Georgia. 

George enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17, where he served proudly.  He met the love of his life, Peggy Ruth Taylor and they were married in Missouri in 1951.  The union would last 64 years until Peggy’s passing in 2015.  They had two beautiful daughters – Rita Mae and Ruth Ann.

He worked as a lineman for the government from 1957 to 1986.  He loved “climbing those poles” and had no fear of heights.  Even after retirement he couldn’t stand to not work, so he worked for Kirikos Family Funeral Home as part of the cemetery crew. 

George was loved by everyone who knew him.  His beautiful smile, ice blue eyes, sense of humor and wise knowledge made him so likable.  He was so kind and generous to those he loved, and even to complete strangers stranded on the road.  He was a strong man with a strong will that always made you feel safe.

He loved the outdoors.  Everything from camping to fishing, being on the water, shooting his guns, or just working on his yard.  Being up in the mountains was his “paradise”.

Survivors include his sister, Willene Barron; 2/daughters – Ruth Ann Jones and partner, Chip, and Rita Mae Baca and husband, Randy; grandson, Kristopher George Butner; granddaughter, Sabrina Butner; great-granddaughter, Samantha; numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends; and his beloved dog “Pooky”.  Special thanks to Rita Baca for always being there for him.  “Miss you already Pa.”

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. at the Sierra Church of Christ Church with Pastor Danny McKinney officiating. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in George’s memory to the Sierra County Cancer Assistance, HC32 Box 8174, T. or C., NM 87901, 575-740-3971 or to Sierra Vista Hospital Auxiliary, 800 E. 9th St., T. or C., NM  87901.

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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017
    so long George
    ~ Ken Riedemann................   T or C, NM
  • Monday, April 17, 2017
    I missed your hug every time you came in the Bank. Go be with your beautiful Peggy. I know you were missing her.
    ~ Alma Grantham-Weldy   Caballo, NM
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    Uncle Shorty you will be missed, but I know you are enjoying being with Aunt Peggy, Granny, Papa John, your other sisters (who loved to rib you}, Daddy and Sarah. Your smile made us smile, your laugh made us laugh, our family will miss you till we all get together again. Rita please email me at Love, Sherrie & Katherine Davis
    ~ Katherine & Sherrie Davis   Eatonton, GA
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    I'm sorry to hear about your recent loss. May you find some comfort in the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God care about us and made the provision of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored into a paradise (John 5:28, 29; Psalms 37:9-11, 29). Yes, this is SURE STORE come for Isaiah 55:11 guarantees it. Log on JW.ORG and you will be able to find out more about this resurrection. Sincere condolences!
    ~ Rose L   Miami, FL
  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    Pa, I miss you every single day. I was so lucky to have so many years with you. You were the greatest man I have ever known. You taught me so many things about life, love, and how to be an amazing person. I am so happy you are with Ma now, as it broke your heart when she left us. My comfort is knowing that someday I will see you again. I love you so much.....xoxoxo
    ~ Sabrina Butner   Las Cruces, NM