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James Hendrix “Jimmy” Jones

James Hendrix “Jimmy” Jones, 84, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015 at his residence in Columbia. He was born January 8, 1931 in Unicoi, Tennessee and was the eldest of seven children of the late James Richard and Bessie Loraine Bell Jones. Mr. Jones graduated from Unicoi County High School, Erwin, and attended East Tennessee State College in Johnson City, where he studied pre-agriculture. He then transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville , earning a B. S. degree in Agriculture on December 18, 1953. Mr. Jones was a retired insurance underwriter and farmer. His career began as an Agriculture teacher in Rockvale, Tennessee. Later Mr. Jones worked as an Insurance Underwriter and regional Sales Manager for Kemper Insurance Company, as well as being a farmer prior to retirement.

Mr. Jones moved to Middle Tennessee in 1954 and served in the U. S. Army. On December 26, 1955, he married the former Anna Belle Sudberry who preceded him in death September 29, 1966. On July 2, 1968, he married Eleise Paysinger Morrow who died February 18, 1989. On January 23, 1999, he married Ramona Vestal Wall. Mrs. Jones recently passed away on April 27, 2015.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golfing. He was a member of West End Baptist Church and his civic activities included membership in the Lion’s Club and Elks’ Club.
He enjoyed traveling and was proud to say that he had visited all 50 of the United States, six continents, and over 30 countries.

Survivors include his siblings, Dorothy Wiggand of Unicoi, Peggy Jeffers and husband, Lendell of Jonesborough; Carl Jones and wife, Sue of Unicoi; Ann Pate and husband, Anderson of Erwin; George Jones of Spring Hill; Paul “Buddy” Jones and wife, Shirley of Unicoi; step-daughters, Jeanna Brooks and husband, Eddie and Lisa Stevens and husband, Randy both of Columbia; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend sincere appreciation to Kathy, Paulette, Kay, Alice, and all of those who cared for Jimmy during his failing health. Your kindness and devotion was most gratefully appreciated.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Oakes & Nichols in Columbia, Tennessee with Rev. Rick Elsey officiating and Tim Pagliara providing the eulogy. The family will visit with friends prior to the service at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015 the family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 P. M. at the Unicoi Funeral Home, Unicoi. Reverend Roger Mathess will officiate at the 7:00 p.m. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be at 10:00 A. M. Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in the Jones Cemetery, Unicoi. Military honors will be provided by the Kingsport V.F.W Post #4933.

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Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Jones family. (423) 743-1381