To those who knew and loved Lorance Jones, Sr., he was just simply “Chili Red” . A long life-time resident of Bastrop County; and on October 16, 2022, the community joined his family, and friends as they began to mourn the passing of a strong man who maintained maturity with dignity, while facing life’s trials and triumphs. Lorance was born to Monroe and Willie Mae (Perkins) Jones on August 2, 1938, in Kimbro, Texas. He attended the public schools and Saint Paul Baptist Church in Kimbro.
“A Time To Plant”
Growing up with a Christian foundation, Chili Red knew the Lord, exemplifying what it meant to be a God-fearing man. Chili Red enjoyed life to its fullness, being around family and friends, always ready for a joke or two. He was baptized at an early age, growing in and out of season, but never taking his eyes off the Lord. He was a man of integrity and took care of his family and his fellowman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bragging about the Dallas Cowboys, family time and hanging out with his Masonic friends of yesteryears. Chili Red was associated with Lakeview Baptist Church under Reverend Davis as Pastor. Chili Red was all about his family and often reminded them to ‘give me my flowers now and not later’ and his children made sure he could smell his flowers from day to day – he loved them all, while spoiling the grands and great grands. His children were identified as “Chile Red KIDZ”.
“A Time To Work”
Chili Red was a hard-working man, being a farmer all his life. He worked with Rankin Oil Firm for a number of years before retiring. He took a job as a custodian with Farmers Insurance and Marvin Lundgren, just to stay busy. Selling watermelons became a conservation piece, especially with the ladies.
“A Time To Die”
Chili Red led an active and fulfilling life, just being “Chili”. On October 16, 2022, Chili Red, was called from labor to reward. He is preceded in death by his parents, and all his siblings.
“A Time To Celebrate”
After seeing four generations, Chili Red lived a thankful enriched life and his priceless legacy will be long remembered by his children – Melinda Jones Fearance, Beverly Turner (Reverend Johnnie Turner), Lorance Jones, Jr., Karen Jones(Vincent), Ronnie Rivers, Sr. (Sheronda), and Keith Ray; fifteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grand children, one sister-in-law – Raybell Jones, a large number of nieces and nephews covering five generations, a host of cousins and other relatives and a multitude of friends on both sides of the tracks.
I will be Dancing like David danced, just like Chili – Red and Hot!!!
Lorance "Chili Red" Jones, Sr., 84, of Elgin, passed away early Sunday morning, October 16, 2022. He will lie in state at Elgin Funeral Home, Wednesday, October 26th from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. A Home-Going Celebration will be conducted at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Thursday, October 27th at 11:00 AM with Pastor Byron Green presiding. Interment will follow at Elgin Latin Cemetery.