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Saturday February 29th, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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John Edward Jones, Sr

JOHN EDWARD "Papa John"  JONES, SR., age 80 and 25 year resident Riceville, Tenn. went to be with his King, his Lord, and his Great Creator on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.  He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, to Charles "Mike" and Helen Jones.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Laxton Jones; three children and their spouses, Robin and Ralph Fisher, John "Jake" and Alisa Jones, and Susan and Mike Coon; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He served as Chaplain of the Thomas A. Hamilton Lodge #317 of Riceville, TN.  He was affectionately known as "Papa John" and was a friend and mentor to many.  His smile, laugh, humor, warm personality, and love of people and life will not be forgotten.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 PM on Saturday in the Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home Chapel, Athens, TN, with John Jones, Jr., officiating.  Visitation will be from 1-2 prior to service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Riceville Volunteer Fire Dept.
Condolences may be sent to www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/John-Jones.
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, TN in charge of arrangements.

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Nancy, I remember Johnny (as we always called him) from our high school class. The photo is a nice photo, portraying the smile he had so many years ago. He seemed to always smile, and make those around him smile. Cherish your memories. I'll keep you in my prayers--God is a loving God and knows your every need.

Linda Yerke Mar 3 2020 12:00 AM

John was like a brother to Dennis. So many times I would find them outside or on the front porch talking. We shared vacations with John & Nancy on cruises and at Myrtle Beach. We had so much fun together!!! They loved our children and the neighborhood children. They shared their family with us, too. John will be missed but we will have precious memories of a dear friend forever.

Dennis & Linda Feb 29 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of John's passing. He lived a long, full life, was a true gentleman and a friend to many. Prayers of comfort to the family.

Charlie Simpson Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Jones, Sr

Sharon Cannon Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM

Papa John as we in the neighborhood called him was a friend that many of us hope to be. He never met a stranger and he loved and knew all the children in our neighborhood. He is missed so much. Prayers to his wife, Nancy and his family.

Elizabeth Cardin Feb 26 2020 12:00 AM