WATSON & SONS FUNERAL HOME
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CENTER, TEXAS 75935
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NEWS RELEASE: May 22, 2021
DECEASED NAME FOR NEWS: Mona Jones Campbell
Mona Jones Campbell, 92, of Center, TX, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 22,
2021, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas. She was born October 20, 1928, in Center, Texas to the late
H.H. Jones, Jr. and Geraldine Mary Stokes Jones.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 24, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with visitation an
hour prior. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate.
Mona grew up in Center, Texas. She attended Center High School and after graduation attended Stephens
College in Columbia, Missouri. She also attended Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mona was a
member of Beta Sigma Phi. On July 14, 1947, she married “the love of her life,” James Edward Campbell.
They worked together at Farmers Gas Company and later Mona worked at Polley Mercantile with her father,
H.H. Jones Jr. Mona was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.
She and James had three children: Angela, Jamie and Rick. She loved her children and would do anything for
them. She was known as Nano to the 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
She and James loved to travel and they loved dancing. Mona was an avid golfer and played often with Mary
Bugler, Portia Gaines and Janet Palmer. She also loved art and was quite a good painter. She was also gifted
with organization and housekeeping. She was a blessing as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her husband, James Edward Campbell; daughter, Angela Koonce and husband David; son,
Rick Campbell and wife Katrina; son-in-law, Stephen Gamble; grandchildren, Michelle Permenter and friend Julianne Horst, Cam McElroy,
Collin McElroy and wife Hillary, Ashton James Campbell, Brooke Campbell Lane and husband Brad; great
grandchildren, Ethan McElroy, Campbell Ryan Beck, Vivi Lane, Eva Lane, Connor McElroy, Tucker McElroy, and
baby to be, Olivia Jamie McElroy; also caregivers and friends, Brenda Berry and Annie Winn.
Preceded in death by her daughter, Jamie Campbell Gamble; parents, H.H. Jones Jr. and Geraldine Mary
Stokes Jones; sister, Mary Eldred Jones Massey; in-laws, Lacy Burk Campbell and Naomi Booth Campbell; and
brother-in-law, Cecil Massey.
Pallbearers will be Brad Lane, Roy Blackshear, Scott Massey, Johnnie Hi Massey, Cam McElroy, and Collin
McElroy. Honorary pallbearers will be Yazoo Thomas, Sammy Dance, Ashton Campbell, Randy Floyd and Nick
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701,
First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center Texas 75935 or an organization of your choice.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com