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.
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.
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.
Alisha ‘Lisa’ Michael is the newest member of Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. She came on board in late September and has impressed us all with her work ethic, her ability to learn quickly, her dedication to excellence, and her compassion with families. She has already become quite an asset to this team.
Lisa, and her husband Jason, Decatur High School sweethearts, have been married for more than 20 years. They have one grown daughter, Ashley. Now empty nesters, they reside in the Bridgeport area. Lisa, like Melanie and Cheryl, is a former hairstylist – if there really is such a thing as a former stylist. Those talents often come in handy here at Jones.
When she’s not at work, Lisa loves to go to the movies and spend time with her family.