Johnny J. Jones, 78, of Cherokee passes away at home on June 21, 2012 following an extended illness. He was a veteran of the US Army and was well known for his cooking and was a long time employee of Granny’s Kitchen in Cherokee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Jones and Georgia Creaseman Jones; a son, Johnny Wright; brothers, Paul Jones, Fred Jones, and Leroy Jones; sisters, Ellen Burns, Maybell Jones, Beulah Powell, and Norma Lea Jones.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie Q. Jones; children, Kimberly E. Parton of Cherokee, Anne Holt of Cherokee, Shyra Ledford of Cherokee, Shaye Ledford of Cherokee, Jaia Watty of the home, and Colleen Matter of Bryson City; brothers, Robert Jones of Rural Hall, NC, Jess Jones of Walker Town, NC; sisters, Virgie Bishop of Cullowhee, NC, and Ollie Coggins of Glenville, NC. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
A visitation was held on Saturday June 23, 2012 at the Cherokee Methodist Church, and a Memorial Service began at 2pm and was conducted by the Rev. Don Turman. Pall Bearers were JD Raby, Jerry Raby, Roger Raby, Anthony Toineeta, Ryan Murray, and Derrick Ledford.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations of blood be made to the American Red Cross in Johnny’s memory.
Long House Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. An on-line memorial is available at www.longhousefuneralhome.com.