Dr. Kent Lewis Jones

February 2, 1942November 25, 2018

Dr. Kent Lewis Jones, age 76 of Jackson, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Kent was born on February 2, 1942 in Louisville, KY to the late Charles and Marie Jones. He grew up in Mansfield and Upper Arlington, OH. Kent was a graduate of Ohio State University (B.S.), Oklahoma State University (M.S., Ph.D.), University of Kentucky (M.D.), and University of North Carolina (Surgery Residence). Kent was a General Surgeon with the Jackson Clinic for 30 years retiring in 2010, and he served on the Jackson Clinic Board of Directors. He also served as Chief of Staff at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He was instrumental in starting the EMT Program at Jackson State Community College.

He was an avid cyclist, getting many others interested in cycling. He helped start "Spokes," a local cycling club, and the annual Bagels and Bluegrass Century Bike Ride which has been going on for 17 years. The event raises funds for JSCC and two of our local state parks. He also rode his bike from the U.S. continental coast to coast (Pacific to Atlantic) twice.

Kent loved the Lord and supported various ministries. He taught men's bible studies at Evangelical Community Church where he was a member and elder. He also served on the Young Life Committee. He had a servant's heart and the gift of mercy. He loved his family and was a good husband, father, and grandfather.

Kent is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret (Peg) Jones; four sons, Michael Jones (Beth), Douglas Jones (Christy), Chris Jones (Laura), Steven Jones (Jennifer); grandchildren, Mary Kathryn (MK), Asher, Wittmer, Samuel, Eric, Margie, Christopher II, Jonah, Noah, Gigi, Luke, Mimi, Zinnia, Lainee, Bryce, Belle, Ian, Collin, and Samantha; two sisters, Mary Cannon of Prattville, AL and Barb Wilhelm of Dublin, OH; and sister-in-law, Pat Jones of Upper Arlington, OH.

The family wishes to thank the helpers who have been wonderful to Kent during his illness are Trish Weis, Al Kozlowski (PT), Emma Belser, Sabrina Lee, Debbie Griggs, and LaVerne Shields.

Funeral arrangements are being conducted by George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 730 Pipkin Rd., Jackson, TN. The family will receive friends and loved ones at a visitation from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials in Kent's memory to Young Life, Birth Choice, or Child Evangelism Fellowship.


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dr. Kent Lewis Jones

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Ron Barry

December 8, 2018

When I combine character, integrity, compassion, curiosity, wisdom, and a heart for God, the person of Dr. Kent Jones will ALWAYS come to my mind. I'm sure he's peppering Jesus with all kinds of interesting questions even now as I think of him - and that's how I will always think of him, because I think he spent a lot of time every day doing just that. May God grant the richest of comfort to his wonderful family, and may this family know beyond a shadow of a doubt how MANY earthly lives were given a blessing and a heavenly direction because of this magnificent man.

Dr. J. Tyler Swindle

December 7, 2018

Peg and rest of the family, I am so sorry of the loss of Kent. We arrived to Jackson to practice medicine near the same time. We spent much time primarily at General Hospital and cared for many of the same patients. He and I always got along well together and respected each others medical knowledge greatly. We were good friends. I will truly miss him. I am sorry that I have to be out of town for the visitation and service at Cornerstone Community Church. I will be thinking of you all. Sincerely, Dr. J. Tyler Swindle

Vera Holmes

November 30, 2018

I started working with Dr. Jones in 1982 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital as a LPN on 10 North. He is someone I will never forget. I am grateful to have worked with him.
Vera Holmes- LPN

Edna Zuraw

November 27, 2018

Dear Peg and Family,

Such a loss of a wonderful man of God. I received the Lord through Young Life many years ago and still serve Him with Child Evangelism Fellowship now for 58 years. Dr. Jones support both ministries and served in so many other ways. I am blessed to know Peg and to have known Dr. Jones. Your loss is for sure Heaven's gain. But oh how everyone has and will miss him. I am praying for your family with much love and deep appreciation.
Edna Zuraw
Child Evangelism Fellowship

Barbara Sellers

November 27, 2018

Dr. Kent Jones was one of the surgeons at Jackson Madison County County General where I worked in the units for 5 years in the 1980s caring for critically ill surgical patients. Most times it was like being on a Battleground to save people's lives. Whether we won or lost the battle, Dr Jones always seemed to be a hero because of how hard he fought to save people's lives. He was always an inspiration, so apt to teach and was so kind to everyone. A special thing I remember is that you never were around Dr Jones very long until you heard him mention his faith in God. I am grateful to have known and worked with him. I pray God's Comfort to his family.

Mary Frances Christie

November 27, 2018

Dr. Kent Jones operated on my father-in-law in 1982, for an aneurysm on the renal aorta. He was in surgery for 18 hours because my father-in-law had a massive heart attack on the table. Dr. Jones fought so hard to save him, at times holding that artery shut with his gloved hands to try and stop the bleeding. Absolutely amazing, and my father-in-law survived that surgery. After the first ordeal, with only a few hours between, Dr. Jones operated again, to try and get some blood flow to my father-in-law's legs. Again, he fought hard and gave it all he could, but it was just not possible to save his patient, and a few hours after that 2nd surgery of three hours, Jack Christie Sr. passed away. I have never forgotten how hard Dr. Jones tried, and how exhausted he was when the ordeal was over for both of them. I have held him in deepest respect as a surgeon and as a kind and caring person. I'm sad for his family, and I am praying for them. Rest in peace, Dr. Jones, well done.

Mike Gillespie

November 27, 2018

I remember Dr. Jones as a kind, gracious and caring man. He performed a minor surgery on my shoulder during our sojourn in Jackson 1984-1992: it was my first "experience" with surgery of any kind. We also were spectators together as our sons participated in the Summer Midnight Basketball League at T. R. White Sportsplex in the summer of 1991 - some very late hours in a very warm facility! My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Jones family and friends.

Brady Murray

November 26, 2018

Praying for the Jones family. I am so saddened but I also know that Dr Jones is in heaven with Jesus. I have so many great memories of the Jones family and spending so much time at their house growing up. The Jones family had a major impact on my life as well. They gave me an opportunity that helped me greatly and I am so thankful. I see that is a recurring theme in these memorials. Such a wonderful family and Dr Jones was a very caring and giving man. I remember everything from fishing and hay rides to being quite in the house because Dr Jones worked the night shift. Thank you Dr Jones for changing so many lives and to Peg also.

Brady Murray
Rockwall, TX

Nelson Quillen

November 26, 2018

I first met Kent years ago on the Focus on the Family benefit ride when he and and wife hosted all of us at his house for a meal. I was immediately drawn to him and felt like I had known him my whole life. He had a way of making you feel comfortable and was a pleasure to talk to. Over the years I did several BRAT rides with him and always looked to forward to spending the week catching up. I will truly miss him. My prayers are with his family.
Nelson Quillen
Kingsport, Tn.

Robert McBroom

November 26, 2018

God used Dr. Jones to radically change the direction of my life. He poured into me week after week for over 2 years. Holding me accountable and challenging me to live for Christ each day. Through the discipling of Dr. Jones, God positioned me to hear the call to vocational ministry. I used the things he taught me each day and I am following his example of making disciples. Thank you Peggy for opening up your home and sharing your family with me. Kathy and I will be praying for you and your family.