OBITUARY

James "Jay" C. Jones

December 3, 1959November 19, 2021
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James “Jay” C. Jones, Jr, 61, of Sherwood, Arkansas passed away at his home on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Jay is preceded in death by his parents, Carthal and Patsy. He is survived by his wife of 5 years, Vicki; sister Lynn Burnett (Bill) of Austin and son Zachary Jones of Jacksonville; as well as step children, Andrew Hinkson (Emily) and Matthew Hinkson; nephews Bryan Floyd (Haley) and Jarod Floyd (Sarah) and a niece, Lindsay Floyd. He has numerous other family members: aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and nephews and a step grandson. He had several lifelong friends who he was able to share his life accomplishments with, along with good times and laughter.

The Arkansas Razorbacks coursed though Jay’s blood. He went to his first Razorback football game when his Mom was 7 months pregnant with him. Later, he had fond memories of going to games with his parents and sitting on his Dad’s lap cheering on the team. He could recall the smell of gas fumes as he went through the parking lot of the team buses holding each of his parents hands.

Jay’s other love was baseball. He started in little league and played for nearly 30 years. His father was the inspiration for that love and coached him many years. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals and he and his wife named their English Bulldog, Mo; short for his favorite Cardinal player, Yadier Molina.

Jay began announcing football games before he graduated high school. This led him to a long career of announcing high school sports ending 40 years later when he retired from being the voice of the PA Bruins of Little Rock in 2016. Jay credited his love for radio announcing to Jack Buck, voice of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jay’s final job was at DHS where he met his wife, Vicki, and made numerous friends while there. He loved doing Karaoke, fishing, playing his guitar, hanging out with friends and watching sports. He loved bluegrass, a good steak, John Wayne classics and old time country music, the likes of George Jones and Johnny Cash amongst others. He loved history and one of his favorite trips with his wife was to Boston.

Jay wasn’t a stranger to anyone. His nickname to many was Jay bird. He was a kind soul and true gentleman.

Visitation will be Friday, November 26, 2021 from 11-1 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills in Sherwood with a service to follow.

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Annette Bowman

November 26, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Jay while out on surveys. He had a gift of storytelling at the exact time we needed a stress reliever. He is missed. Annette

Terri Skipper-Carle

November 23, 2021

I grew up with Jay and his family. I remember seeing them at Rose City Ball Park every summer. He was always well liked by everyone. Prayers for comfort during this time.

Myrna Hopkins

November 23, 2021

Jay was a kind, talented person with one of the quickest minds I have ever known. I will always cherish our friendship and the memories we shared. He was like one of my family, and no matter how long we went without seeing each other, our friendship remained strong. I’m sure he now has angels gathered around him and laughing at his witty jokes. He was loved and will be missed by so many people. God bless you Jay.

Ramonda Johnson

November 22, 2021

When Jay & I would do a Survey together he would always carry my bags inside & open the door for me. He was always a gentleman. I enjoyed working with him, he kept me laughing.

Rose Tabor Zemann

November 22, 2021

Jay was one of the nicest gentleman that we (Ernie) and I ever met. He always had a smile for you and concern for what was going on in your life. He was instantly your friend. I am so thankful that I knew him and Vicki, some of my favorite people. He will be missed by many, May he Rest In the Peace and Love of God’s arms.
Rose Tabor Zemann

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