Cody Jones, 44, father of noted hunter Kendall Jones of Kopperl, Texas, died in a tragic auto accident Jan. 23. He was born Nov. 7, 1971 in Cleburne, TX. Mr. Jones owned and operated a wildlife ranch and was an avid outdoorsman, a natural entrepreneur, and a loving, devoted and proud father.
He was a Life Member of Safari Club International. While Cody served on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Chapter as Vice President for three years, he was instrumental in the Chapter’s mission of supporting youth in the outdoors, and youth hunting awareness. Cody devoted countless hours of his personal time and efforts to support youth hunting, as he knew that the future of hunting was dependent on our younger generation.
He had more than 20 years of entrepreneurial successes. He was co-owner of H9 Water and was a member of First Baptist Church of Cleburne.
Survivors include his daughter, Kendall Jones of Cleburne; Kendall’s mother, Kimberly Jones of Burleson; his dog, Tigger; brother, Duane Jones and wife Shnelle of Decatur; sister, Suzi Ormsby and husband Floyd of Cleburne; two uncles, Ben Hill Jones and wife Annelle of Cleburne and Jimmy Jones and wife Glenda of Keene; and a number of nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Kendall Jones penned the following open letter in tribute to her father.
“To the man who gave me the world –
“Words cannot explain how much I love you.
“From the time I was just a little girl to the woman I am today, you taught me to be the best I can possibly be in everything I do. You pushed me to my limits and never allowed me to give up. I can never thank you enough for showing and teaching me everything you have. You were my biggest mentor and my number one fan in everything I did–whether it be tumbling or cheer or volleyball or hunting or anything I did in life. We would butt heads from time to time, but only because we are the same exact person inside. You taught me by example to never settle and if I want to accomplish my goals, I have to be persistent. You taught me to work hard because nothing was ever given to us. You entrenched in my head and my heart to never expect anything from anyone. Your favorite motto was ‘don’t let your failures defeat you and don’t let the successes go to your head.’
“The thing I most admire about you is that you would never ask anyone for anything that you couldn’t do yourself. The lessons you taught me will never be forgotten and I’ve never met someone as passionate and as proud of their child than you were of me. I want you to know Dad that I will continue to make you proud as you watch from the heavens above.
“Everything I do will be because of and for you. So for now it’s not goodbye, but rather ‘see ya later’. I love you Dad. – KJ”
“Everyone knew my dad’s love for hunting and how active he was in the outdoors,” she said.
In lieu of memorials, the family asks that any expressions of sympathy please be submitted in the form of a donation to the following: North Texas Chapter of Safari Club International benefitting “The Cody Jones Foundation.”