OBITUARY

J. Christopher Jones

September 25, 1959April 14, 2021
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James Christopher Jones, “Chris”, of Springboro, OH died on April 14, 2021. He was born to James & Ruby Jones as the youngest of four children in Middletown, OH. Chris graduated from Middletown High School then attended Harding University in Sircy, Arkansas, where he met his surviving wife, Wendy Jones. Graduating with a degree in Social Work in 1981, Chris went on to earn his master’s in education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and led a meaningful career.

Chris served as an administer for several local nursing homes where he was instrumental in responding to the corona virus pandemic, following an impactful career at Mid-Midwestern Children’s Home. He also served on the board of Directors for Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp and Willow Brook Christian Communities. His life found purpose in service to others and his absence will be felt by many. Survivors include his best friend and spouse, Wendy Jones, three children Kim (Kerry), Ben (Katherine), and Seth, and nine grandchildren.

In his memory, his family requests that you take time to consider the lasting impacts your actions make on those around you. As his name is James and he left this life on 04-14, it is apropos to quote James 4:14, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Chris was a servant, and he will be remembered as such in this life and rewarded as such in the next.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to either Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp, 13500 Fort Hill Road Hillsboro, OH 45133 https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=3X3WLK9Z8F2J2

or Mid-Western Children’s Home, 5009 Long-Spurling Road, Pleasant Plain, OH 45162 https://www.paypal.com/donate?token=BArT24kFUWGDYCNNU3QuTYIhwC8pfg9JkSoZ1Yd1tqZL3jMzbsiZdOgspgPSHYmsmorDaeMWPAgPQZae

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 18, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, April 18, 2021

Memories

J. Christopher Jones

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Mike & Linda Wesseler

April 30, 2021

Wendy, we were shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Although we never met Chris, it was so obvious from what you told us about him and his career choices that he was a vibrant and compassionate person and loving husband father and grandfather.

Our deepest condolences to you and your family, as you comfort each other in the midst of your grief

Pauletta Wessel

April 29, 2021

I was very blessed to have met Chris and work with him at Astoria. It was obvious that he had a servants heart and a love for his fellow man. The smiles on the resident’s face as he stopped to say hello, the loyalty of his staff, and the trust he earned from the families of those he served- these were all testaments to the man he was.
I will remember him with a smile.

Shane Spriggs

April 26, 2021

I am very saddened of hearing the news of Chris passing. Chris was my administrator for awhile he was one of my favorites and a great leader and had a servants heart . Chris always showed love and compassion. I have many memories I've shared with Chris over our time working together that I will cherish. Thank GOD we have hope of seeing You again.

Courtney Numbers

April 19, 2021

Dear Jones family
I am so glad that I got to work with Chris. He had a the compassion for the residences and his staff. Chris had compassion for another people.
So glad that St.Leonard had a chance to have Chris into are lives and memories that he made at work. Thanks for giving me the chance to meet Chris. He is a superhero to us now.
The HHC is not going to be the some with out you Chris. I am so glad I got to meet you.
Praying for your family
Your co-worker
Courtney Numbers

Mary Lou Hutson

April 19, 2021

Chris and the Jones family were great friends to my family. I was born into the Gideon Road Church of Christ, a few years younger than Chris. The Jones kids were part of the landscape of church that I grew up with. I took my first piano lessons from Kay at their family home and later sang with the Dayton Youth Chorus under her direction. I remember being in youth group events with Chris when I was in junior high and high school. We were formed in the same environment. He was a good kid who grew into a fine man and strong Christian. Later on, when he was working at Midwestern, he helped me organize an event in honor of my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. He was so sweet to speak at that and later, to serve as a pallbearer for my mother's funeral. I was so sad to hear the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you from Texas.

Chelsie Weinstock

April 18, 2021

I consider myself blessed to have known Chris. I hope to be half of the servant he was in this life. I thank Wendy and the entire family of Chris for sharing him with us at St Leonard over the last year. Although, I wish it were longer.. I cherish every moment and interaction. He put every one of us before himself, he was so humble and righteous. Chris was definitely one of a kind & I will work everyday to carry on his legacy in healthcare. This picture was taken during one of our first COVID testing events and Chris said “take a picture of me so I can send It to my daughter..” 💙

Rebecca Harness

April 18, 2021

There are not enough words to express how thankful I am to work side by side with Chris. I could not image going through this past year with anyone else. He was an inspiration to many. He was selfless and he could recognize when someone was struggling. No matter what he had going on or how much was on his own plate he would make sure everyone else was OK. I will do my best and follow in the path you started and make you proud.

Debbie Mickey

April 18, 2021

When I was working with elementary-aged youth at both Centerville and South Dayton congregations, we did some service projects for Midwestern and Chris was the one whom I'd contact to arrange those. He was a dedicated servant and truly cared about the children served at the home as well as those young souls I worked with. All I've seen and heard of life since then shows that love and servant heart have never changed. Praying for comfort for Wendy and the rest of the family. I know we'll see Chris again in Heaven!

Joni Smith

April 18, 2021

Wendy and family, I could sit here all day and write so many amazing memories of Chris. But, I will sum it up short and sweet. His smile, his dedication to his family and God and his love of coffee! ❤️

We are keeping you all close in our hearts and in constant prayer for comfort and peace. Your memories of Chris are precious to always have.

Love you all, Tal and Joni

Sharon Perry

April 18, 2021

Wendy and Family, we at Astoria Health and Rehab have absolutely been at such a loss for words when we heard about Chris. Our team was in shock and grief. We're not so sure how or what to say, but one thing for sure is Chris was loved & is still loved. He will be greatly missed by each Astoria staff member that was honored to work by his side. Chris was such an inspiration to so many people, staff & Residents here. He wore so many hats, even wore ours, a lot of times. So many things we can say & never say the same thing twice. When we all sat down to grieve his loss together, the one thing that came to everyone's mind was his desire and heart to serve people. Chris was the "Boss Man" but you would only find him in his office maybe 5% of the time. Chris main concern was always his residents and staff. It appears that God chose to take you on home. There truly are Angels that walk this Earth, Chris Jones was one. Rest In Peace Chris. We will always remember and love you. Wendy, you, your children and grandchildren are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything at all please don't hesitate to let us know . Chris was always there for us, it is our desire to honor Chris in every way possible. He was not only our Boss, but also our friend, family , loved one and Mentor.
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