Services to honor and remember the life of Steven Lamar "Steve" Jones will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. He will be laid to rest in Bixby Cemetery. Steve passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 10, 2016 at his home in Claremore. He was 63.
Born Jan. 13, 1953 in Tulsa, Steve was the son of Albert Lamar and Eva Elsie (Burton) Jones. He was reared and educated in his birth community where he was a 1971 graduate of Nathan Hale High School. While in his teens, Steve was a member of "The Quotations", a band comprised of young but well accomplished musicians that played numerous gigs throughout the Midwest.
Music was certainly one of Steve's greatest passions and something he continued throughout his lifetime. Other notable bands that he belonged to included: the "Grand River Band" and "Special Edition". On one occasion, he was even invited to play alongside Leon McAuliffe of the "Texas Playboys".
During his school years, Steve was set up on a blind date with Pamela Bevins. The two made an immediate connection and continued to date. They were married just two short years later in a Tulsa wedding ceremony on May 25, 1972 and they were both looking forward to celebrating their 45th anniversary together this summer.
Through the years, in addition to his duties as husband, father and musician, Steve worked hard to support his family. Immediately following high school he found employment with a steel fabrication shop. He also worked for a time in real estate, but his true life's work was found in assisting and eventually taking over an upholstery business that his father began in the 1940's.
When not busy with upholstery jobs or music gigs, Steve enjoyed many other hobbies and pastimes. He had traveled the world participating in numerous scuba diving expeditions. He enjoyed taking in the open road on whatever particular motorcycle he had at the time. He also somehow found time to maintain a regular workout routine and running schedule. In addition, he loved horses and living in the country — a feeling that took him back to the many hours and memories his family shared at their place on the lake near Wagoner.
A talented musician, hard worker and true family man, there was no word that sounded better to Steve than that of 'Papaw'. This was a role that he shared with now five sweet grandchildren. Steve will definitely be missed by all those who knew him. He left his imprint on the hearts and lives of many and it will be left to those family members who survive him to carry on his legacy. Those family members are: his wife, Pam of the home; son, Steven Jones, II and wife, Julie; daughter, Leslie Christian and husband, Paul all of Claremore; five grandchildren: Steven III, Claire, Eva, Paul IV and Waylon. He is also survived by a sister, Joann Freeman; his nephew, Billy Swanson both of Tulsa and a cousin, Rodney Salmon of Henderson, Texas.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents.
Published on November 14, 2016