Jones Dale Oliver, of Amarillo Texas, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 7:37 p.m., on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Jones was born in Boone, N.C., on April 21, 1942, to Luther and Margaret Oliver. He was the youngest of four older siblings: John Oliver, L.C. Oliver, Christine Critcher, and Frankie Stokes. At 15 Jones gave his life to Christ at Oak Grove Baptist. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1960 and served as a mechanic for seven years.


Most people knew Jones for his trade as a welder and mechanic. After working for the Ford Dealership, he became the Foreman at Tweetsie Railroad where he used his welding skills to repair and build most anything that was handed to him including extending the trains cars. Tweetsie brought Jones many side jobs including installing the safety railing seen today at The Blowing Rock. Jones enjoyed building race cars and fixing others in his shop behind his house on George Wilson Road. Folks loved to visit Jones for car advise or just to laugh and cut-up.


Later in life he worked for W&L Motor Lines and retired from Sunbelt Trucking. His trucking buddies knew him as Welding Rod, the one who always took the lead. He was a hard worker and anything Jones did, he did with integrity.


Jones loved to play his guitar, spend time with family and friends, and never passed up an opportunity to help someone. He loved to tell a good joke and make others smile. He was the anchor of the family and would turn every day conversations into teachable moments. No one realized we were making memories with Jones, we all just knew we were having a good time. It did not matter if you only knew him for five minutes or five years, all walked away realizing just how special of a man he was. He believed in doing things the right way the first time and giving your best. His life was an example of what a believer in Christ means including reading his Bible daily. Jones made sure everyone felt loved and welcomed. Even though he is not with us anymore, his memory and legacy lives on. We, as his family and friends, have been blessed beyond measure to have someone like Jones in our lives. He will be deeply missed.


Jones was preceded in death by his mother and father; his two brothers, John and L.C.; and one sister, Christine. He is survived by his loving wife Elaine of Amarillo, TX; sister, Frankie Stokes and husband, Len, of Boone; his daughter, Shannon Oliver of Indian Trail, N.C., son, Rick Oliver and wife, Lisa, of Jacksonville FL; son, Russ Crandall and wife, Janette, of Amarillo TX; daughter, D’Lesa Wagoner and husband, Brian, of Amarillo TX. Grandchildren include: Brooklyn Oliver, Jordan Bell, Corey and Anna Wagoner, Zach and Nichole Crandall.

A memorial service will be held at Mabel Baptist Church, 6218 Old HWY 421, Zionville, NC, on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 2 p.m. Family will receive friends and family from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

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