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Harry Lee Jones

25 juillet 194511 décembre 2016
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Harry Lee Jones, 71, of Springdale, Arkansas passed away on December 11, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday December 15, 2016 at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, Arkansas (1401 West Hudson Road, Rogers, AR 72756). Visitation will follow the service. Harry Lee Jones, son of Virginia and Harry Jones, was born on July 25, 1945 in Huntington, West Virginia and was raised in Enid, Oklahoma. A three-sport star, Harry was recruited from Enid High School in Oklahoma by Arkansas Assistant Coach, Barry Switzer and signed with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Harry was one of two sophomore starters on Arkansas’ dominating defense in 1964, which ended the regular season with five consecutive shutouts. The 6-2, 195-pounder, returned two interceptions for touchdowns that season as the Razorbacks went 11-0, including a 10-7 victory over Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl, and were crowned national champion by the Football Writers Association of America. He was a standout on the Razorbacks’ national championship team of 1964, and moved to offense in 1965. Harry led the NCAA with 7.7 yards per carry in 1965 and made the cover of Sports Illustrated on Nov. 8 that season under the headline “Arkansas: The New Dynasty” in reference to the Razorbacks’ winning streak that would reach 22 games before a Cotton Bowl loss to LSU. He was the first University of Arkansas athlete to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Harry’s SI cover photo was taken during Arkansas’ 27-24 victory over Texas. He picked up the nickname “Light Horse” from the public address announcer at War Memorial Stadium in 1965, and a group called “The Rivermen” turned him into a folk hero of sorts with a song titled “The Ballad of Light Horse Harry” that received plenty of air play that year. Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first-round (19th overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft, Harry played running back, wide receiver and defensive end for five years for the Eagles before injuries ended his career. Hired by the Pittsburgh Panthers in January, 1973, Harry was an assistant football coach under Johnny Majors. In 1975, he coached future College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett. He was also part of the Pittsburgh Panthers 1976 national championship team under Coach Johnny Majors. He later worked in the oil industry and had been living in Northwest Arkansas since 2001. Harry was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and was inducted into the State of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Virginia and Harry Jones. Harry is survived by and will always be remembered by his loving children; Griffin (Griff) Jones and wife Mindi Jones; Elizabeth (Liz) Jones Paul and husband Chris Paul; Kelli Jones Piontek and husband Joe Piontek; Garrett Jones and wife Kristen Jones; brother Garrett (Gary) Jones; and grandchildren, Kennedy Jones, Kale Jones, Kassidy Paul, and Benjamin Piontek; and nephews Todd Jones and Tyler Jones. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Lisa Vowell of Springdale, Arkansas, his longtime caregiver, and to Morningside Assisted Living Home in Springdale, Arkansas where he happily lived the last two and a half years. Condolences can be sent to Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, Arkansas (1401 West Hudson Road, Rogers, AR 72756). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Boston University School of Medicine, Office of Development, 72 East Concord Street, L-219, Boston, MA 02118, Attention “Trustees of Boston University” with “BU CTE Center” in the memo line.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    jeudi, 15 décembre , 2016

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Harry Lee Jones

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5 octobre , 2017

I will and do miss him on a daily basis....He definitely was ONE OF A KIND.....
Prayers for his children.....T.R..Jones

Jeff Haag

7 janvier , 2017

I never met Harry in person, but I interviewed him by phone a couple of times several years ago for a book I'm working on about his former teammate in Philadelphia, Chuck Hughes. Harry and Chuck met for the first time in August 1967 and almost immediately became best friends. They remained extremely close during the entire three years they spent together in Philadelphia before Chuck was traded to Detroit. Chuck's untimely death in October 1971 impacted Harry tremendously. I know it changed the direction of his life. The truth is, Harry didn't know me from Adam but always treated me like I was a long-lost friend. He told me some marvelous, and heartbreaking, stories about his old friend, and was honest about his own life his successes and his disappointments. There was an innocence to Harry Jones, a decency, that was impossible not to be drawn to. It's my prayer that, somewhere beyond this world, he and Chuck have been reunited, and that Harry has found the peace he sought for so long in this life. Farewell, Harry. Thank you

Dennis McLain

27 décembre , 2016

Rest in peace Harry. You are missed by your classmates in Enid.
Dennis McLain

jimmy kendrick

17 décembre , 2016

I have been blessed for a 10 year old boy who stood tall with Harry when he played at Arkansas. He was like my older brother for which so many of the razorbacks were. He was a true hero of mine and someone i truly love. Harry enjoyed the life and was a true Statesman for U of A. RIP and now you and groundhog, Martine can re visit the old days with our Lord and Savior

15 décembre , 2016

In addition to being a supreb athlete, Harry was charismatic and caring...a true champion in every way.
I will always remember his kindness toward me.
Bobbe Dykes Michallik (Trabuco Canyon, CA)

monty ward

14 décembre , 2016

What a great friend I have lost.We laughed together often. I miss that laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

David Dickey

14 décembre , 2016

Harry Jones was a great friend and a great teammate! One of the greatest wits I have ever known. He always left me laughing. He would have been a fabulous color guy on football broadcasts!

David Dickey
Atlanta, Ga

Lynn Ward

14 décembre , 2016

I was only 10 years old when Light Horse Harry first played for the Razorbacks. He was so much fun to watch and he instilled great pride in me being a resident of little ole Arkansas. He helped make me a Razorback fan for life. He will always be a legend in our state's sports history. Please accept my sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved Mr. Jones.

Kerry Kraus

14 décembre , 2016

I never had the pleasure of meeting Harry but I felt like I knew him. I religiously listened to the Razorback games growing up. "Light Horse" Harry enlivened many a game for me. I can still sing part of that wonderful song. Fans today can't begin to understand what it was like during those years and it's very difficult to try to explain. But it was SO special. Harry was an integral part of it. God Bless You and thank you.

David Lamerton

14 décembre , 2016

My family has your family in our prayers. You were a hero to me as a kid and will remain so forever. Rest in Peace Harry Jones.
Dave Lamerton

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