Sidney Lee Jones 1933-2015

Sidney Lee Jones (Sid, Coach Jones) died peacefully April 22 in Houston. His wife of 62 years, Carolyn Cassil Jones, was at his side. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents Albert Lee “Bill” and Penny Lorene Jones, sister and brother-in-law, Janice ’58 and Bill ’56 Trowbridge, and parents-in-law, Granville and Willie Mae Cassil. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Carolyn ’52, daughter Juli Jones Van Hooser and son-in-law Steve Van Hooser, of Denver; daughter Angela Jones Enright and son-in-law Jeff Enright, of Plano; grandchildren James Van Hooser and wife Stephanie Osan of Telluride,CO, Meredith Van Hooser of Dallas, Camille Enright and Jake Enright of Plano. Sisters and brothers-in-law Carl and Doris Schulse of Houston; Mark ’55 and Jeri ’55 Johnstone of Corpus Christi; David and Cynthia ’66 Shoup of Houston; nieces and nephews.

A longtime Houston resident, Sid was born in Madisonville, TX, August 5, 1933. He moved to Houston when both of his parents got wartime jobs with Hughes Tool, where they worked until retirement. His mother was a true Rosie the Riveter, one of the few women kept on after the war. She was a master welder. He attended HISD schools Burnet Elementary, Jackson Jr. High, and Stephen F. Austin High School ’51. He was a proud graduate of Rice Institute, class of 1955, where he pitched for the baseball team and was the first in his family to attend college. Fight ’em Owls! He was equally proud of his daughters, Juli, Rice University class of 1980, and Angela, Texas A&M class of 1982.

He later taught biology and coached every sport at his high school alma mater. Many of his former students and athletes recall winning the 1961 4A state football championship and the 1964 state basketball championship. One of his beloved players was the late Olympian and professional basketball player Ken Spain ’65. Some of those athletes went on to the University of Houston team of Coach Guy Lewis that was victorious against UCLA in the famed national championship game of 1968. Throughout his life “Coach Jones” was bear hugged by former students and athletes all over Houston. A family joke was that no matter where we go, somebody knows Daddy! He loved Ninfas on Navigation where he was fondly greeted by Jack Laurenzo, a former student. Carrying on a tradition of “going to state”, granddaughter Camille Enright is competing in girls’ golf, another sport he coached, for 6A Plano West HS for the third year at the state championship in Austin.

After leaving teaching, he used his knowledge of science for a second career in medical sales in Houston and Dallas. He and Carolyn retired back to Houston to be near family, living around the corner and helping raise James and Meredith. His favorite place for many years was “the cabin”, a summer retreat from the Houston heat in the southern Rocky Mountains of the Rio Grande National Forest. For decades he hosted many family vacations, put up with come and go boyfriends, finally welcomed sons-in-law and grandchildren. He taught all of us to love and respect nature.

A man of faith, he served as deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church in Houston and Dallas. He vividly recalled hosting, with his fellow deacons at Denver Harbor Presbyterian Church, Dr. Martin Luther King and being inspired by his talk with them on the civil rights movement. He later “agreed” to become a Methodist upon retiring and joined Foundry United Methodist to worship with his daughter’s family.

Our family wishes to thank caregiver Annie Matamoros, Dora Flores and staff at Silverado Memory Care Cy-Fair, also many friends In Winchester Trails subdivision and at Foundry UMC for loving support and tender care. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Foundry United Methodist Church Music and Arts, 8350 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77065, or to the charity of your choice . A celebration of life memorial service will be arranged this summer.

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