When John was born, he was named John Mason Jones. When he said his full name, he said it with great pride. John was very proud to be named after his father, Mason. That is because lineage was very important to John. Will Rogers is often quoted as saying “I never met a man I didn’t like.” That quote describes John’s whole life, but in John’s world, it could be expanded to: I never met a person I wasn’t related to. John knew the lineage of family so well that he could have met Will Rogers and, after talking to him for a few minutes, tell him that they were 7th cousins, once removed on his mother’s side and 4th cousins, twice removed on his father’s.
He loved his family, especially his nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He “adopted” his friend Michelle’s daughter, LiLee, as a niece. He is succeeded by them and his siblings, several Aunts and Uncles and many, many cousins.
John worked a few different jobs in his life, but his passion was antiques. He was wonderful at getting a good price for any find and opened an antique store. Each piece was special to him. So special that he found it very hard to let go of anything. It’s safe to say that he had more inventory than he ever had in sales.
His other passion was gardening. He loved to grow fresh vegetables as much as he loved to eat them. Every year his garden would increase in size to the point that he could feed a small army. He loved everything about the outdoor countryside and would leave his bed to sleep on the ground on nice nights. It was his way of being closer to God.
John was a very compassionate man. He would help anyone, any time. It was no surprise that John spent the last eight years of his life caring for his mother, Jane. He was very devoted to her and was with her when she died. She was fond of saying “wherever I go, John follows”. Well, she was right. He followed her one final time, five months after she passed.
It is so fitting that John will be buried at Epworth next to his Granny and so many of his kinfolk. If you look at the markers in the cemetery, you will see the surnames of Greenwood, DeHart and, of course, lots of Jones’. John will be surrounded by family in his eternal resting place.
Rest In Peace, John Mason Jones
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