He was born on April 26, 1956 to Elizabeth (Bartholomew) and the late Thomas Bebb Jones in Van Wert, OH. John was educated at Spencerville High School in Spencerville, OH. class of 1974. After graduating, John attended Ohio Northern University earning his bachelor’s degree in music performance, class of 1978.
John played trumpet professionally for most of his life as an avocation. He performed with Southside Rhythm & Blues, Buddy Young Orchestra, Ed Williams Big Band, Stormwatch, Cotton Mouth, Raider Eddie and the Skeletones, VJC Big Band (VT), Joe V Laltin Big Band (MA), Keene Jazz Orchestra (NH), and The No Sax Trumpet Quartet.
Over the years John enjoyed his time working for Tucker Transportation, Brattleboro Taxi, Hilltop House, (now Bradley House), Blue Mountain Produce, and Hobson’s Choice, among others.
John had a love for motorcycles, going boating, and playing games. He enjoyed playing the trumpet, camping, having cookouts, spontaneous road trips, and just hanging out with his family.
Mr. Jones is survived by his mother, Elizabeth “Bartie” Jones of Sandusky, OH, partner/fiance Rhonda Aither of Winchester, NH, a sister Lynn A. Jones and husband Thomas Dewhirst of Kalamazoo, MI, and his brother-in-law Mike Muhn of Sandusky, OH. Along with acquired children, Arnold Tirrell, Lacy Daly, Amanda Woodward, Ben and Tara Aither, some little ones that called him grandpa (PaPa), and nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. John is now rejoined with his father Thomas Bebb Jones who passed in 1999 and his sister Judy Muhn who passed on February 26, 2022.
John had a knack for storytelling and made many of us laugh with his tales. His family would welcome your stories of John if you will add them to the Cheshire Family Funeral Home web page.
In honor and memory of John’s love for music, we request that you play a song by Tower of Power, plant a peony bush in your yard and/or make a contribution to:
John Bart Jones Memorial Chime Fund
Salem Presbyterian Church, P O Box 678, Venedocia OH 45894
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.