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Jones David Lee

April 30, 2020


David Lee Jones was born August 17th, 1933 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Mary and Cuba Jones. David passed on from this life on April 30th, 2020 at age 86 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, following a long, happy, and full life. David was educated at Marquette High School, the Gregorian University in Rome, and the University of Oklahoma. He served the Roman Catholic Church in Oklahoma as a priest for 7 years.  He was the official scripture scholar for the Diocese and was even loaned to the Little Rock Arkansas Diocese for one year to teach scripture in their Seminary.  After leaving the ministry he served primarily as a redevelopment officer for the Urban Renewal Authority in Oklahoma City for the remainder of his decades-long career. David married Mary Gallagher, and they raised three daughters on the south side of Oklahoma City.

David was a good and faithful servant. He loved his family, the Church and its good works, and he held a steadfast commitment to the renewal of the downtown Oklahoma City area. He was active in many organizations and served on many committees that carried out the ideals that were important to his heart. He loved to tell people stories about his favorite things - his years in Rome, his wife, Mary, or his daughters who were responsible for his gray hair. If it was your lucky day, he would tell you a story about each one.

David was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Mary Catherine Jones. He is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law: Lynette and Brian Talkington of Tulsa, OK; Carol Jones and Thomas Hynes of Chicago, IL; and Rachel and Steve Cerney of Oklahoma City, OK. David is also survived by eight grandchildren: Olivia, Luke, and Lucy Talkington; David, Benjamin, and Anna Hynes; and Andrew and Grace Cerney. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends and neighbors.

Due to gathering guidelines, David’s funeral mass and burial is closed to the public, but the mass will be live streamed via the St. James the Greater Catholic Church facebook page on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 at 10:30 am. A memorial mass in honor of David will take place in a few months when we can all celebrate his life together.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider a donation in David’s name to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, 1501 N. Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73106. 30th,