Postal worker Rick Jones kept his life simple.
He lived alone in Moore. He didn't have a cellphone. He wasn't on Facebook. He worked evenings processing mail.
He spent his spare time working out and gardening.
And, then, last year, he went out and bought a sports car.
His sister called the 2007 black two-door Corvette Z06 “his latest love.”
Jones, 54, died May 20 when the EF5 tornado blew apart his house in Moore. A Bible was found beside his body.
“He was pretty simple,” his sister, Lisa Buffalo, said from Tulsa. “I always gave him crap about all of that. … In fact, him buying a Corvette … I'm so glad he did, now, but I could not believe he did that. I told him it was a midlife crisis, you know.”
The tornado wrecked the car beyond repair.
Jones also collected guitars, his sister said. A prize possession was one signed by rock legend Eric Clapton.
“They were expensive,” she said.
He was buried in Tulsa, where he was born. He had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years. His full name was Richard Lee Jones Jr.
Nolan Clay, Staff Writer