Freddie Ray Jones is a life-long Texan and was born within a mile of his current home, a Ben Wheeler horse and cattle ranch. He is a graduate of Van High School. Upon graduation he went to work in the Oil and Gas Industry for Unocal Corporation, also trademarked and more commonly known as Union 76. He was employed there for almost a decade as an equipment operator and electrician. Following, he spent his career at Texas Department of Transportation, where he worked for 25+ years, retiring as a supervisor of special crews, which performed hot oil, mill and inlay work, as part of the road construction team.
He has served on the board of directors for RPM Water Supply Corporation, a member-owned non-profit water distribution cooperative, where he is also currently the president of the board. In addition to working on his own ranch, Jones is an enthusiastic cowboy and actively works cattle and trains horses on other ranches and has donated his time teaching children and the elderly about horses. He also enjoys rodeoing and calf roping and has been a life-long competitor having earned numerous prizes. He has achieved the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s highest certification of Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD), which demonstrates understanding and competencies in 5 core areas of cooperative governance. He and his wife of 33 years, Ruby, are members of the Mount Zion Methodist Church in Ben Wheeler, where he is also a steward. They are the proud parents of one son.