Longview, TX (Longview News Journal) — Longview businessman and civic leader Cassity Jones died Monday at his Longview home. He was 94.
Best known in East Texas for the lumber company that carried his name, he had worked as a building contractor, developer, automobile dealer, grocer and wholesaler, among other pursuits.
Those who knew him said Jones was a caring but quiet and hardworking man who loved his family, friends and business associates.
“Cassity was one of the most even-minded men I’ve ever known in business,” said Arliss Mallory, who had known Jones for years. “He was the perfect gentleman from the word go.”
A testament to Jones’ character, Mallory said, is reflected in his sons who are involved in the family business. “He was always a happy person, the kind of person you just liked being around because it made you feel better,” Mallory said.
Steve Cole, a longtime friend and fellow member of First United Methodist Church in Longview, called Jones a “self-made man” who took on challenges head-on.
“He was a strong, strong family man who believed in his family first and foremost,” Cole said. “Cassity was a strong Christian who had a work ethic you just don’t see very often anymore.”
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