Floy Jones looking forward to 100

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Floyd Jones of Lake City said she is looking forward to being 100 years old next year and said, "We're going to split the town."

Mrs. Jones lived in Trumann for many years before moving to Lake City two years ago. She is living with her daughter, Dorothy Timms.

Well up into her 90's, she took care of her own home, mowed her own yard and is still very independent.

Mrs. Jones was born July 13, 1903, on River Mountain near Scranton, Ark. She called it a wide place in the road with a store and post office. She was one of eight children born to Cordis and Leora Johnson. She was a twin and later became a mother of twins.

She was well educated for her time with an eighth grade education. She still has some of her school books that are in very good condition.

Her father was a Baptist preacher and Mrs. Jones remembers having a good life.

"We always had plenty to eat and we relied on the Lord," she said.

She also remembers her mother reading a newspaper article about the Titanic sinking.

"She read it to us and she began crying thinking of all of the people that lost their lives and we began to cry with her," Mrs. Jones recalled.

Believing in the power of prayer came easy for Mrs. Jones because she was raised depending on it.

"When I was a child there was a tornado that came through. My mother gathered all of us children together on the feather bed. She began to pray to keep us all safe and when it was all over, everything was gone except the room with that feather bed. From then on we prayed whenever there were signs of serious weather," Mrs. Jones said.

She remember life before all of the modern appliances came along.

"We thought we were rich when we got electricity," she said. "My dad was a pretty smart man and even before we had electricity, he fixed a generator and we had lights to read by," she recalled.

She married Orville Jones in 1922.

"He was a fine man. He carried mail from the train depot to the Post Office in Trumann and worked as a janitor at the Trumann Lamp Plant," she said. "He was good to me and he was good to the children."

The Jones' raised five children. She has one daughter, Dorothy Timms of Lake City, and one son, Everett Jones of Trumann, still living.

Mrs. Jones said she had a good life.

She broke her hip at the age of 92 while sweeping the back of her house. Until that time she had never been to a doctor.

She has lived through the depression, World Wars, and can tell firsthand of traveling by wagon, train, bus, and airplane.

During World War II she had a son and a brother serving in combat. They would write to her and she would write back telling them where the other one was, but they never got to make contact even though they were close. She said later they recalled every time they came up on a body or a wounded soldier, they would look to make sure it wasn't the other brother.

She has lived under 18 United States presidents and can remember something good about all of them.

She said she has never voted.

"It just wasn't done in my family," she said.

Mrs. Jones loved playing the piano, singing, crocheting and attending church.

"Going to church is not enough, you have to live it," Mrs. Jones said.

She has always enjoyed traveling. Years ago she would catch a bus and go to Pine Bluff to visit her family. She flew on several occasions to visit her daughter that lived in Atlanta.

"Being able to fly and look across the sky was a true joy," Mrs. Jones said. "I was never afraid to fly."

One of her fondest memories of her childhood was watching her mother make lye soap.

"My mother could make lye soap that looked like honey," she said.

Mrs. Jones has made her share of lye soap and gave the recipe. She said you put water in a pot, and fry the meat fat and put it in the water with the lye. Bring to a boil and stir, stir, stir.

"When it cools cut it any size needed. Lye soap was even used for washing clothes and dishes. Most of the time it was the only soap we had," she said.

Mrs. Jones still has a bar of lye soap that she made years ago.

Mrs. Jones has 10 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren to make up five generations that she has been blessed to be part of.

She has lived through a lot of history, seen a lot of changes, and has been an inspiration to her family and friends.

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