The Rev. Jack “Monte” Jones, aka Biscuits O’Bryan, is a third generation San Angeloan and fifth generation Texan whose great-great grandfather, Joseph Bell Chance, fought for Texas independence in the Battle of San Jacinto. He graduated from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin and then attended Texas A&MUniversity for a semester. The Corps of Cadets and comparative vertebrate anatomy convinced him he did not want to be a veterinarian, so he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. While in boot camp, he was selected for flight training as a Naval Aviation Cadet. When arriving in Pensacola, Florida, he was chosen to be on the Naval Aviation Cadet Drill Team. They marched during half-time shows at college football games around the country. He made his six carrier landings on the USS Saipan in July, 1956. While learning to fly jet planes in Beeville, Texas, Monte developed ear blockage problems and chose to leave before completing flight training. Upon returning home, he decided to attend college, and he received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Drama and English from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnus, and a Master of Divinity degree from The School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, and was elected Seminary Student Body President his senior year.He has taken graduate courses at The University of Texas, The Graduate Theological Foundation and HoffstraUniversity.
He created Biscuits O’Bryan, the cook for the I. O. Everbody Ranch, on the stage of the Covered Wagon Dinner Theater at the Caverns of Sonora in 1987, and has performed at cowboy poetry gatherings, schools, chamber of commerce banquets, and other events in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Connecticut, and New York City. He is the author of three books, Biscuits O’Bryan’s Book of Beans, Bread and Other Bull; More Bull from Biscuits and Biscuits O’Bryan; Texas Storyteller (one of the books in “The Texas Heritage Series”). His compact disc, Biscuits Live at the Grand, was recorded at a one-man show at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. In 2003, Biscuits received the Will Rogers Award for Outstanding Cowboy Storyteller/Humorist by the Academy of Western Artists.