Scott Mosley - Managing Director - Bridgeport & Decatur Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Scott is a lifelong Decatur resident. He is a graduate of Decatur High School and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He and his wife, LeAnna, have one son, Ayden and are members of the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Scott is president of the Decatur Rotary Club and serves as Vice-President of the Board at Wise County Committee on Aging. Scott along with his wife and son are also involved with the Decatur 4-H Club. When Scott was a junior in high school he made the decision to explore a career in the funeral service industry. He has a servant's heart and considers it an honor and privilege to be working in his hometown serving the wonderful people of Decatur and Wise County. When Scott is not working, he enjoys watching football, fishing, cooking Texas barbeque and most of all spending quality time with his family.
Jim Taylor - Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Jim was born and raised in the Polytechnic area of Fort Worth. He worked as a postmaster in Henrietta, Texas and was a master instructor at the U. S. Postal Service Management Training Academy in Potomac, Maryland, before he moved back to Texas in 1989. He has been a resident of Paradise, ever since. Jim earned his Associate Degree from Tarrant County Junior College, Bachelor Degree in business administration from Texas Wesleyan University and Associate of Arts Degree from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Science. In addition, he has a graduate certificate in adult education and curriculum development from American University and is a certified Funeral Director/Embalmer who holds notary and Pre-Need license/s. Jim remembers losing a beloved uncle in his late teens and attending the service that was led by a minister who mentioned multiple times that he "didn't know the man". This bitter memory has been a driving force during Jim's time in the funeral business, and he makes sure that he makes the family's needs a priority. Jim has been married to his wife, Patti Mann, for 44 years. They have three children and twelve grandchildren. When he isn't working or attending grandkids activities, he enjoys reading historical novels, collecting and researching rocks and fossils, horseback riding, jogging and scuba-diving. He is very active in his community; he serves as the Director of Paradise Chamber of Commerce, Parliamentarian of Paradise Historical Society and is an elder of Cates Street Church of Christ. Jim's bucket list includes visiting the Holy Land and ancient Rome and Greece.
Gary Sessions - Licensed Funeral Director
Gary is a long time resident of Bridgeport. He was born in Arkansas but quickly found his way to Texas. He married his beautiful wife, Martha, in 1968. Gary pastored the Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church for 26 years. He served as a member of the Bridgeport volunteer fire department and was chaplain of that organization for 20 years. Gary graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2004 and has been in the funeral business for many years. He is honored to be serving the citizens of Wise County at both the Bridgeport and Decatur locations. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family. Gary joined our staff in April of 2018.
Larry Fair - Funeral Director's Assistant
Larry was born in West Helena, Arkansas and was raised about thirty minutes west in Forrest City, Arkansas. He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War before going on to earn his Master's degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Larry taught Government/Economics for 35 years and was also a football, track and golf coach. After retiring as an educator, Larry joining Jones Family Funeral Home because the opportunity arose and he saw the value in being able to help families feel welcome and comfortable during a very difficult time in their life. Larry and his wife, Melanie, have worked side by side at the funeral home since 2007, when she joined the funeral home staff. Larry and his wife are involved in their local church, The Father's House, and enjoy spending time with friends and family.
David Mosley - Funeral Director's Assistant
David is a long-time resident of Decatur. He graduated Decatur High School in 1969 and received his BA degree and Masters of Education from the University of North Texas. After obtaining his degrees, he returned home to work at Decatur schools, where he was an educator for 35 years. He has served as a teacher, bus driver, Transportation Director, Asst. Principal, Principal, Director of Personnel and Maintenance, and Asst. Superintendent for Human Resources. As a lifelong educator, his goal of serving students and his community has been expanded by his work in the funeral profession. This allows him the opportunity to serve people and provide comfort to them in a time of need. David and his wife Cheryl were married in 1977. Together they have three children and five grandchildren. When he isn't working he is actively involved in his community and has served in the past as Director for the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and Wise County United Way. He is an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and is a part-time interim Music Ministry Leader and Lay Speaker at various churches. In his down time, David likes to relax by reading and enjoys wood working.
Bill Hughes - Funeral Director's Assistant
Bill has lived in Decatur most of his life. He has been married to his wife, the former Jackie Pinkerton, for 56 years. Bill and Jackie are members of First Baptist Church Decatur and actively involved in ministry. They share two sons, their wonderful wives, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is a 1961 graduate of Decatur High School and served in the US Navy for 8 years during the Vietnam War. After his return to Texas, he worked for GAF, and lived in League City, Texas for 8 years before moving back to Decatur in 1976. While working for Victor, Peterbilt and being self-employed for a while, he studied his Bible and found his calling, going on to earn a Master’s Degree in Theology. Bill completed his Doctorate in Ministry, from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in Camilla, Georgia in 2001. During his time in the ministry, he has served as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Director, Church Bus Ministry Director and driver, Children’s Church Pastor, and retired February 2018 after 22 years as the Assistant Pastor of a local church. Following retirement, and wanting to continue to serve, Bill joined the staff at Jones Family Funeral Home. In his spare time, when not involved with children’s activities or chasing their two rescue dogs, he rests up before the next ‘event’. He enjoys watching high school football, studying and keeping up with the joys of home ownership.
Cindy DeSpain - Administrative Assistant
Cindy was born in Texarkana, but grew up in Arlington. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English from Midwestern State University. She also attended Texas Women's University in Denton, where she earned her Masters of Science in Science and Science Teaching. She was a Texas Certified Teacher for grades 1st-8th, and she taught school for over 20 years. After teaching public school in Decatur and Keller, Cindy began teaching at Victory Christian Academy. She knew after finishing her career as an educator that God wasn't quite finished with her yet; she feels that he lead her toward work in the funeral business. Cindy is happily married to her best friend Tim DeSpain. Together, they rescued a yellow lab/German Shepherd mix, and plan on adopting a female chocolate lab. When Cindy isn't working, she loves to garden, read and cook (she especially enjoys baking bread). She is actively involved in her church, First Baptist Church of Decatur, where she serves as an adult Sunday School teacher and is active in Homebound Ministry.
Cheryl Mosley - Administrative Assistant
Cheryl has lived in Decatur most of her life. She was a licensed cosmetologist in Decatur for seven years before she began working for Decatur ISD, where she worked for 25 years. She earned her Certified TX School Business Official certification and received the highest certification level from Texas Association of School Nutrition. Cheryl retired from her full-time career in 2013 and accepted a part time position at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur. She entered the funeral profession eager to learn about the business and she offers kind, compassionate service to all of the people we serve. She and David were married in 1977 and have three married children and five grand-children. She is actively involved in Cornerstone Baptist Church and is a leader for their Kitchen Hospitality Team. Cheryl's hobbies include reading, playing piano, attempting craft projects, traveling and spending time with her
Melanie Fair - Administrative Assistant
Melanie was born and raised in Bowie, Texas, before moving to Bridgeport in the sixth grade, were she continues to live today. She comes from a newspaper background and spent years working at the Bridgeport Index, her family's publication. It was there that she developed a love for marketing and public relations.
In 2006 Melanie's brother and mother passed away, within two months of each other. This difficult time helped her realize the guidance that grieving families need while planning their loved one's funeral. She joined the Jones Family Funeral Home Family in 2007, where her husband Larry was already employed. And there at Jones she's helping families through the funeral process and providing a listening ear when they need it most.
Eva Ray Tindol - Visitation Attendant & Ambassador
Eva Ray was born in Temple, Texas and lived in Waco and Marshall before moving to Decatur her junior year in high school. She graduated from Decatur High School, Decatur Junior College and East Texas Baptist College, with majors in Religious Education & Business. Later she studied at Texas Woman's University & Texas A&I University in Kingsville to obtain certification in Elementary Education and English. She also holds a certification in Library Science.
She retired after a thirty-five year teaching career - twenty-four of those years in Decatur. She also taught in the SpringLake-Earth School District in West Texas and in Beeville ISD in South Texas.
She is a member of the First Baptist Church and has taught the senior adult ladies Sunday School class for thirty years. Eva Ray has over 7,000 hours of volunteer service at Wise Health System, and served as their Auxiliary President for six years.
Eva Ray has served on the Executive Committee for Wise County Old Settlers Reunion for eighteen years. She is also active with Wise County Relay for Life, having served as treasurer for many years. She is a nineteen year survivor of breast cancer.