Wyatt Jones

  • Born: February 19, 1930
  • Died: March 13, 2016
  • Location: Searcy, Arkansas

Powell Funeral Home

2602 W. Beebe Capps Expy
Searcy, AR 72143

Tel. (501) 268-7220

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Wyatt Jones, 86, passed away peacefully the morning of Sunday, March 13, 2016. He was a loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Wyatt was born on February 19, 1930 in Samburg, Tennessee. He enjoyed a full and adventurous life in service to others.

He earned his Bachelor degree in 1951 from Harding University in the field of Mathematics and earned a teaching certificate. Soon after he began work on his Doctorate in Education from the University of Alabama graduating in 1962. His work took him to Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and then eventually returned him to his alma mater, Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. As a professor, he traveled with students around the world including Australia, Italy, and Germany. Dr. Wyatt Jones also proudly served his country and was a veteran of the Korean War. His service also reached many others as a preacher and active member in several congregations in both California and Arkansas.

Wyatt enjoyed an active life after retirement filling his time with his many passions. He was an avid reader and was a well known patron of the local library. Wyatt loved the game of golf spending many days out on the greens with friends. He also filled many hours fishing, playing bridge, cribbage and other card games. His traveling, golfing, and fishing adventures were fodder for his famous storytelling. Wyatt could mesmerize a whole room with tales of his escapades. His story of his adventure to defend his dissertation after being rescued by the local fire department is legendary. Wyatt enjoyed the company of others throughout his life and was active and impactful with many groups in which he served.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Iris Jones; his children, Karen Post (Wayne), Phillip Jones, and Kevin Jones (Karen); grandchildren, Kimberly Davey (Lee), Michael Post (Mandi), Stephen Post (Michelle), and Dylan Jones; and great-grandchildren, Ashlynn & Madeline Davey, Colt & Cade Post, and Lorelei Post.

Wyatt was a God-loving, faith-filled, kind, and genuine man. He will be missed and fondly remembered by all who were fortunate enough to know him.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Oh gosh, Dr. Jones was such a great teacher. He really demanded a lot out of us and i appreciated his work ethic. Such a gentleman, i was blessed to be in his class. God Bless R. Mandrell

Posted by ronnie james mandrell - Judsonia, AR - Student   March 13, 2017

Wyatt and Iris are special to us and our three boys because of our shared semester in Florence in 1985. The Joneses were happy to spend time with our family even though three energetic little boys and our limited budget must have caused them to alter their sightseeing preferences on our free travel trip with them to Milan and Austria. Sincere condolences to Iris and her children.

Posted by Sherry and Dennis Organ - Lebanon, TN - Friend   March 18, 2016

Dr. Jones believed in me, and encouraged me to be better than I was before that moment in time. My email is harding.edu because of him. Charlie and I cherish our time as students in his classes and growing as good friends. Much love and many prayers.

Posted by Clara Carroll - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 16, 2016

Oh Gosh! Just heard the news of Dr. Jones's passing. Loved the man. I had him in a couple of Ed. classes such a great teacher, so interesting and funny, i thought he was a great speaker. He keep 100 kids in a classroom interested in what he was saying, that's something in itself. God Bless Dr. Wyatt Jones, we will all miss him and i will always remember his thoughtfulness. He used to get after me to do better, I was always so slow in getting his message,haha. Loved the guy, will miss him. God knows he got a good one, in Dr. Jones. Take Care

Posted by ronnie mandrell - judsonia, AR - Student   March 15, 2016

David and I were friends and former students, both in college and Bible class. We will miss him!

Posted by Ruth Ann Dawson - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 15, 2016

I was doubled blessed because Brother Wyatt was my professor at Harding and the preacher at my hometown congregation in Beedeville.
His interaction with people immediately put you at ease. His sincere praise of a person increased your self-esteem. His humor and story telling are legendary.
The love Miss Iris and he shared was a model for young Christian couples.
May God give his family peace and comfort and the knowledge that one day you will be together again.
Joyce Free Hogan

Posted by Joyce Hogan - West Helena, AR - Student   March 14, 2016

Dr. Jones was our club sponsor and one of my education teachers as well...I tutored his son in 9th grade science as part of my internship in education...I enjoyed his humor, wisdom, and friendly demeanor with students, club members, and people in general...such a wonderful man, leader, and teacher to know, learn from, and be around...:)

Posted by Keith E.Book - Caribou, ME - Student   March 14, 2016

He was one of my favorite professors. I first met him in line at a Kenny Rogers concert in Little Rock. He and his wife exuded such energy and love for life that night. Later, I applied to graduate school at Harding. He looked at my excellent GRE score and my very average GPA and laughingly stated that I had obviously had a lot of fun as an undergrad. I am proud to say that I had an excellent GPA as a graduate student and enjoyed every minute in the program. He was an outstanding teacher and mentor. Harding has lost a great Christian leader. I am so glad I got to know him and study at his feet.

Posted by Alison Baird - Searcy, RI - Student   March 14, 2016

Such a sweet, good man. I worked in the College of Education. His office was across from mine. He was Dean Of Graduate Studies. Loved his stories & kindness. He will be missed.

Posted by Carolyn Anderson - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 14, 2016

Dr. Jones was a dedicated educator whom I am glad to have known and worked with! He touched many lives. My sympathy is extended to his family.

Posted by Jan Morgan - Searcy, AR - Coworker   March 14, 2016

I will miss Dr. Jones. He was the one that persuaded me to teach at Harding for which I am very grateful. We shared a lot of "computer time" together. I always enjoyed visiting with him and sharing experiences. He will be missed.

Posted by Gordon Sutherlin - Quitman, AR - Friend   March 14, 2016

Prayers for the family. Wyatt was a friend. I appreciated his kind spirit and words of encouragement.

Posted by Jim Woodell - Searcy, AR   March 14, 2016

Wyatt was a great man He will be missed

Posted by Sherry Charles - Bridgeport, WV - Friend   March 14, 2016

My 3 sons, as well as Dennis and I, treasure our memories created with Wyatt and Iris in Italy, Greece, and other European trains, hostels, and villas. My boys still talk about how generous he was to play cards with them :). Love and condolences to his family.

Posted by Sherry Organ - Lebanon, TN - Friend   March 14, 2016

Iris, I was thinking of you and Wyatt just yesterday morning in our worship service as we sang "O Sacred Head" before communion. I was reminded of how he approached me after our trip to the Epidaurus theater in Fall of 1985, remarking that for him the two songs I chose when asked to sing summed up his life philosophy: his patriotism to his country and his complete allegiance to his Savior. I had no idea at the time of communion that he'd passed on to see Savior face to face. I also remember how you and he were willing to give up an evening in the villa for a concert by the London Symphony in a cathedral of Florence because there was an oboe soloist I wanted to hear--what a special memory that remains for me! His "atta boy!" stayed with me all through my days of teaching. Know that you are in my prayers and the memories I have of that semester together stay with me, particularly over this last weekend before I even heard the news. I'm sorry for your loss, but so glad for the gain we have of a joyful, affirming, loving brother waiting to greet us on the other side when it's our turn to cross over. He'll be ready to give me the "atta girl!", that I know.

Posted by Aleshia O'Neal - Student   March 14, 2016

Wyatt was a good colleague and mentor to me as a young faculty member. I enjoyed his stories, his sense of humor, and his eagerness to serve. I respected his commitment to his work and to his students. He will be missed greatly.

Posted by Larry R Long - Searcy, AR - Coworker   March 14, 2016

Wyatt was a great bible teacher and preacher. We respected him greatly. We loved visiting with him and Iris. She always dressed in the highest fashion. They were a fun couple to be around. You could tell they loved the Lord and loved each other greatly.

Posted by Allen and Terry Figley - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 14, 2016

I had Dr. Jones for a couple of classes while I was a student at Harding. Enjoyed him as a teacher and friend. I'm sad about his passing.

Posted by Charlie Carroll - Searcy, AR - Student   March 14, 2016