Mr. Johnny F. Jones, age 68, of the Sharpespur Community died Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta, Georgia after an extended illness. He was a native of Lyons, Georgia and lived most of his life in the Toombs-Montgomery Counties area.
Mr. Jones was a 1970 graduate of Toombs Central School, where he was voted Most Dependable. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and earned a degree in Agricultural Mechanics. During his high school and collegiate years he was active in Future Farmers of America and earned numerous awards, including the prestigious American Farmer Degree. He served four years in the Georgia National Guard. He also served five years in the United States Navy, working as a machinist’s mate aboard the USS Yosemite and the USS Saratoga, where he operated engine room number two. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he worked as a mechanic for various businesses before opening Johnny’s Repair Service in 1983. He and his wife owned, operated, and raised their children there for thirty-five years until his retirement in 2019. He served as the Charter President of the Toombs County FFA Alumni chapter; served in several positions on the Georgia FFA Alumni Council, including president; and as the Southeast Representative for the National FFA Alumni Council, where he was awarded the Honorary American Degree. He also served on the board of Toombs County Farm Bureau, served a term on the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, was a Georgia Agri-Leader where he had the honor of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and was chosen as Lyons Citizen of the Year in 2009. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Lyons, Lyons Masonic Lodge #49, and the Quint Shrine Club. Following his retirement, he served on the board of His Works Ministries. He enjoyed cooking at various church functions; being “Santa Claus”; giving out wheat pennies, peppermint, and peanuts; and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Jones is preceded in death by his parents F.W. Jones, Jr. and Vera Hadden Jones; one sister, Virginia “Jenny” Jones Bailey; and one brother, William “Bill” Jones.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mona Crabb Jones of the Sharespur Community; children Sarah Jones Humphries and husband Jon of Chelsea, Alabama, Jessica V. Jones, John Jones, Jerry and Christy Hudson, Ken and Whitney Connell, all of the Sharpespur Community, Zade and Mary Ann Bailey of Vidalia, and Mary Martinez and husband Felix of Lyons; grandchildren Alexander Jones Humphries of Chelsea, Alabama, Jordan, Jenny, Beau, Jake, and Jurden Hudson, Morgan and Amelia Connell, all of the Sharpespur Community, and Aylssa and Kaleb Bailey of Vidalia; siblings Mille Boatman of Anderson, South Carolina, Rosa Stanley and husband Lloyd of Lynn Haven, Florida, Susan Faye McLamb and husband Ronnie of Savannah, Cheryl Cox and husband Larry, Jessie Jones and wife JoAnn, and Roy Jones and wife Lisa; and sister-in-law, Linda Jones, all of Lyons. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The family will receive friends Friday, September 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, September 11 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home with Reverend Glenn E. Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Pinecrest Cemetery with Military Honors and Masonic Rites. Pallbearers will be Chris Stanley, Scott Bailey, Jeremy Jones, Kirk Ullengren, Jake Kraus, and Ken Connell.
Flowers are appreciated, and memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Baptist Church 662 North State Street, Lyons, Georgia 30436 or Shriners Hospitals for Children at https://www.shrinerschildrens.org/en/giving
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