August 5, 2013
Bobby Jones died suddenly July 18, 2013. He was 74.
Bobby was born in Lacey, Ark., as the youngest of 13 siblings. He moved to San Francisco in 1958. There, he met the love of his life, Madelyn. They married in 1959 and had two children, Grady and Lisa. Bobby worked on high rises until 1972, at which time, he moved his family to Grass Valley to give his children a better life in the country. Bobby started Bobby Jones Concrete, which is still a working concrete company today.
Bobby retired in 1997, when his son, Grady, took over with his partner, Richard. For the next 16 years, Bobby and Madelyn travelled the United States and stayed on his cattle ranch in Arkansas to be close to his brothers and sisters. But Bobby’s heart was always in Grass Valley. They moved home to Nevada City, and Bobby started building an old western town in his backyard with covered wagons, donkey bunk house, etc. He continued on creating lamps out of shotguns, picture frames out of old barn wood; he was very creative. He loved old antique cars, and he built an engine in his workshop; he was always busy.
We will miss you Bobby Jones. You were the salt of the Earth, and a handshake was all you needed. A man of his word and was the best father and husband. There is a part of us that will never be the same, but you are home at last.
Bobby is survived by his wife of 54 years, Madelyn Jones; son Grady Jones; daughter Lisa (Doug) Loewenstein; four grandchildren, Chad (Andrea) Jones, Jennifer (Brannigan) McIntire, Bobby Ray (Steffanie) Frazer and Lacey Jones; four great-grandchildren, Carson Ray, Regan, Riley and Casey; brother Melton and Doyle Rogers (whom he always considered a brother); sisters Wessie, Dolly, Shirley and Ruth.
He is predeceased by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.
Contributions can be made to the Cancer Thrift Shop, South Auburn Street in Grass Valley.