James Carroll "Socko" Jones

October 7, 1929 - December 28, 2012
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James C. “Socko” Jones, 83, of Galveston, passed away Friday, December 29, 2012, at Gulf Health Care Center. He was born October 7, 1929, in Little Rock, Arkansas, but was a resident of Galveston since age 4. Socko graduated from Ball High School and joined the US Navy, serving in World War II. Socko was a star baseball player and played professionally on the Naval Great Lakes baseball team and later played third base for the Baton Rouge Red Sticks and shortstop in the Big State League. It was from his great baseball career that Socko got his nickname. He was a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Socko retired from Sears & Roebuck and was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was an avid deer hunter, a fabulous cook, and enjoyed camping with friends. Heaven has a new banjo player, as Socko loved nothing more than sitting around a campfire making music with his friends. He was a kind, gentle soul, and a real southern gentleman who will be missed by many.

Socko was preceded in death by his parents, Irvin and Josie Jones; and granddaughter, Bailey Jones.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gladys Hensel Jones; children, Marcy Hanson; David I. Jones; and Paul H. Jones; grandchildren: Paul Dylan Jones and Katy Jones; and cousins, Bay Childs and Betty Jones Spiller.

Socko’s family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 am, Wednesday, January 2nd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 12:00 Noon at the funeral home, led by Rev. Alan Taylor. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Childs and Frank Giusti.

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Born: October 7, 1929
Died: December 28, 2012

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Emily C posted on 11/30/-1

I didn't personally know Mr. Jones but my heart went out to his family when I read his obituary. He seemed like he was a great man and how sad it is to lose someone like that. I wanted to share a comforting scripture with you about our hope for the future. At John 5: 28&29 Jesus said, "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out...to a resurrection of life." How comforting it is to know that our God loves us enough to resurrect us to life! I hope this can bring you comfort during this hard time. Please know my thoughts are with you, and my deepest sympathies.


Anne O'Banion Martin posted on 11/30/-1

I stood watching as the little boat sailed out to sea. As he disappeared from sight a voice at my side whispered, “He is gone”. But the sea was narrow. On the farther shore a band of friends and family had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly they saw the tiny boat and, at the very moment when my companion had whispered …”He is Gone”, a glad shout went up in Joyous welcome, “Here he comes!” I have been so blessed to know Socko and Gladys, and I am sad to learn of his passing. I can only imagine Socko, Otho and Brad gathered and singing together. Love to all of you.


Doris posted on 11/30/-1

My deepest condolences to the family for your loss, may your hearts find peace and comfort in knowing that soon, all suffering and death will be no more - Revelation 21:3,4.