Bennie LeRoy Jones was born on April 22, 1935 in Porterville, CA to Bennie Raymond Jones and Lillie Melissa Baird. Bennie passed away at his home in Prineville, OR on January 20, 2022. He was 86 years old.He married his muse, Phyllis Y. Copley on April 10, 1954. They were married for 56 years until her passing in 2010. From a young age Bennie worked in the logging industry. He then was a custodian at Newport High School. He changed careers and became a fuel truck driver until he decided to stay at home with his daughters and become a full time artist. He was a very talented painter, carver, carpenter, and all around guy who could make or fix anything. He was also an ordained Deacon by the Calvary Baptist Church in Newport, OR. He married many couples over his lifetime. He is survived by his sister Marcia Jones Rowley, daughters Benita Hoover (Dale) and Harmony McElwain, granddaughter Brandi Lange (Kirk), grandsons Justin Jenson (Rachael), Joe Jenson, and Zachary Fall (Amanda). He had 13 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and loving wife. In lieu of memorial contributions, support a local artist.
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