James ‘J.R.’ Jones
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James Richard “J.R.” Jones, 79, of Springfield, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus with his wife and daughters holding his hand on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.

He was the owner and operator of B&J Construction. He was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church. He was a past president of the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Cleveland Country Club and a graduate of DeKalb Junior College. He supported wholeheartedly the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He was an avid University of Tennessee football fan, having attended games for 60-plus years and was an avid golfer, having played all over the world. He loved life, and he believed a man’s word and handshake was his contract. He was a devoted father and grandfather, and a loving, human example of a father’s unconditional love for his family

He was born July 29, 1933, in Charleston, to the late William and Edith Stonecipher Jones, and was also preceded in death by his son-in-law: Roger Kernell, and brother, Joe Danny Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Janet M. Tinsley Jones of Springfield, children: Linda (Jeff) Norwood of Signal Mountain, Patti (Bill) Walton of Franklin, Lori Shown of Marietta, Ga., Kari Kernell of Cottontown, Tuck (Lori) Tinsley of Springfield, and Ashley Tinsley of Madison; brother, Ted (Rita) Jones of Sumter, S.C.; sisters: Jean Howard of Alabama, and Sylvia Overton of Cleveland; grandchildren: Will and Katie Walton, Jamison and Stewart Norwood, Jonathan Shown, Noah and Lydia Tinsley.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Everly officiating.

Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Bill Walton, Will Walton, Jonathan Shown, Stewart Norwood, Jeff Norwood, Tuck Tinsley and Dale Jones.

A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

His family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the service.

The family request memorial contributions be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Jones family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.