OBITUARY

Rebel Earl Jones

26 August, 19496 April, 2021

Richard Earl Jones “Rebel”, age 71, made his final curtain call April 6th, 2021 in Orange Park, Florida.

Rebel was born August 26th, 1949 in Lexington, North Carolina to Lena Mae and Early Sylvester Jones who proceed him in death along with his siblings Charles David, Lacy and Joy.

Rebel was a proud Boatswain's Mate in the the US Navy. He served in Vietnam war upon an ammo ship. He was well known as DJ Reb. He was a radio personality with Rooster Country 107.3 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was also the voice you heard on the mic at numerous night clubs all over Jacksonville and Spindrifter in Orange Park. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2020 Lakeshore, VFW Post 7909 and the The Florida Patriot Guard Riders.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and comrad. He made an impact in many lives. His presence was always known.

Rebel is survived by a large family including his wife Gail, Four sons, Terry Jones, Richard Jones Jr, Rick Buckhalter and Shane Miller. Three daughters, Tonia Pratt (David), Teresa Davis (Patrick) and Tammy Stewart (Troy). Siblings – Nancy Carrol Loflin, Linda Lou Gaddy, Peggy Bernard, Jim Jones and Wanda Callahan. Eleven grandchildren – Brandon, Britnie, Brooke, Jessica, Jeanette, James, Brian, Dustin, Kristin, Troy Jr and Annabelle. Eight great grandchildren Haleigh, Riley, Peyton, Brayden, Steven, Karsen, Jayden and Kaleb.

Celebration of Life will be held 10am Friday April 23, 2021 at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd Jacksonville, Florida 32205. Inurnment service will follow 12:30pm at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road Jacksonville, Florida 32218. Reception will be hosted by The Loyal Order of Moose 2020 Lakeshore, 5051 Collins Road Jacksonville, Florida 32244 from 4pm-6pm.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions can be sent to The Loyal Order of Moose for the reception in Honor of Rebel Jones.

Services

23 April

Celebration of Life

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park & Funeral Home

7242 Normandy Blvd
Jacksonville, FL

23 April

Inurnment Service

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Jacksonville National Cemetery

4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL

23 April

Reception

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Loyal Order of Moose 2020 Lakeshore

5051 Collins Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32244

Memories

Rebel Earl Jones

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Bob morgan

9 April 2021

In almost 40 years the memorys are to many the good the bad happy sad for both of us but the best part is he always introduced me as this is my brother Bob and I the same how good it felt when he would say tnis is my brother I loved my brother Rebel with all my heart you couldn't ask for a better brother in this world wait for me bro and warm my Harley for me we will have forever now to ride
I LOVE YOU
YOUR BROTHER Bob

Wayne May

9 April 2021

I met Rebel a couple of years ago. I watched Rebels show for about 6 months. I didn't sing but enjoyed everyone else. Between Rebel and my wife Shirleyann I finally got up and sang. Both of them I thank for my coaching. When I met Rebel we clicked and always talked about the worlds problems. He was a great showman, friend, coach, and I called him brother. He made you feel special when you sang and included you in his show. He never met a stranger. My brother R.I.P. love you brother.

Laura Hendrix

9 April 2021

Oh so many memories and emotions going through my heart. Family, hugs and love!! You made a dream wedding for me!! You were there for the birth of Travis 30 years ago!! My Florida home!! My Florida family!! I love you always!! I love each and everyone of you and my heart breaks for you all. My Poppy 💙 I will miss the messages just catching up with up you. I love you!! RIP Pop love your Ky girl.

Ethan Roberts

9 April 2021

I will never forget the time that Rebel was in the hospital for a couple of days, but upon his release drove straight to the VFW to put on his Karaoke show. Anybody else would have canceled that night, and nobody could blame them. But not Rebel. And that's the kind of man that he was. He loved his karaoke community, and would never let them down. I always got a kick out of him yelling, "Go get ya some of them groceries (pot luck food the singers brought) in the back and then come on and sing!" He and John Potfay will now be reunited to sing, "Waitin on a Woman" in heaven. RIP, Rebel Jones.

MaryBeth Holewinski

8 April 2021

Rebel touched mine n my sister life..when she was in hospice he visited her an told her ..I'm not far behind you sister..that was Jan 3,2021..I just buried her the April 7,2021..fly high buddy..sing all you beautiful songs ..you will always be in our hearts..til God call me home.. 💜

Keith Eppes

8 April 2021

Rest in peace Rebel.
Gail, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rebel will be missed by so many. God bless.

Anna Garcia

8 April 2021

Mandy and I just want to thank you for always lifting us up the moment we walked into one of your karaoke shows. You made us both feel like someone special.
You were the special one . Not only one of the best DJs, but a true honest friend . You always worried about my illness, that Ive suffered with for so long now, and you would tell me , you were looking for new treatments or a cure. You had the kindest heart, even with your silly jokes, we loved coming to your shows.
We will miss you terribly, I can’t believe God called you home so soon.
Lifting up prayers to Gail and your family.
Until we meet again, RIP Rebel Jones

Joseph Shatner

8 April 2021

Thank you for sharing your light with so many. I will always remember your kindness and how I always felt safe in your presence. Shine Bright. My thoughts and prayers for your family and loved ones.

Annette Smiley

7 April 2021

I first met Rebel in February, 2019 at the VFW . Thom and I found out about karoke through a VFW friend. It was the first time I attended karoke. Thom signed my name without me knowing. When Thom got through singing, Rebel called my name, I shook my head no, told Rebel (whom i did not know and never met ) I did not know how to sing, well needless to say, my face turned red, my knees were shaking , I gave Thom a dirty look, but Rebel called me again, so I went on stage. I had never held a mike. I don't remember the song, but whatever it was, I was glad when it ended, I forcibly handed him the mike and went to my seat, and had no intentions of singing again. Needless to say, with his encouragement, I continued to sing more songs to this day. Rebel made you feel good about yourself, never put anyone down. If you needed help, he was there for you 100%. He nicknamed me "NETTEBUG"and sometimes "LITTLE SEXY" Thom and I are grateful for all the friends we have met, beginning with Rebel and Gail. Rebel would say "WE ALL ARE FAMILY' and he was so right . I am one that was very fortunate to have known him and will miss him dearly. Annette

Thomas McGee

7 April 2021

The first time I met Rebel was in February 2019, at the VFW . I never sang karoke before and was very nervous . Walking across the floor to sign my name on the board took much courage. Rebel called my name to go on stage, I was ready to back out , but Rebel wouldn't let me back down and insisted I sing. I started singing "It's only make believe" ...HOLD THAT MIKE CLOSER TO YOUR MOUTH shouted Rebel, after that, I wasn't for sure if I was going back for karoke. Well, needless to say I returned the same week , I not only learned how to hold the mike , but I learned how to sing, and still singing today, thanks to Rebels encouragement and became to love Rebel as a brother. (He called me big sexy) Thank you Rebel for giving me a new way of life, You'll never be forgotten LOVE YOU, Thom

From the Family