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.
Funeral will be conducted Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory in Cleveland with Rev. Jerry Everly officiating.
Entombment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Bill Walton, Will Walton, Jonathan Shown, Stewart Norwood, Jeff Norwood, Tuck Tinsley, and Dale Jones serving as pallbearers.
He was born July 29, 1933, in Charleston to the late William and Edith Stonecipher Jones.
He was the owner and operator of B&J Construction. He was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Cleveland. He was a past president of the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Cleveland Country Club, a graduate of Dekalb Junior College, he supported whole heartily the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Cleveland and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, he was an avid University of Tennessee football fan, having attended games for 60-plus years, he was a 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.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Roger Kernell; and by his 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; and grandchildren: Will and Katie Walton, Jamison and Stewart Norwood, Jonathan Shown, Noah and Lydia Tinsley.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Robertson County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements