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Richard "Tiger" Jones

January 29, 1940 — October 25, 2018

Richard “Tiger” Jones, 78, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018 in a local hospital. 

He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry, including two years as Senior Warden.  He graduated from McCallie School, Vanderbilt University, and Northwestern University.

He served five years on active duty in the US Navy, three years on the USS Willard Keith (DD775), where he participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and then two years as the NROTC instructor at Northwestern University.

He retired from Magic Chef/Maytag after 31 years where he had held a position in Marketing, including Vice President of Builder Sales & Marketing.

He was a member of the Cleveland Country Club, Bulls & Bears Investment Club, Tin Can Sailors Association, and the Willard Keith Reunion Organization.

He served on various civic organizations including the YMCA Board, Cleveland/Bradley County Library Foundation, and the Museum at Five Points Board, serving as Board President for two years.  He was named Museum Volunteer of the year in 2007.  He was also a member of the Bradley County Ole Timers club for baseball.

Tiger loved: dogs, especially his “best friend” the beloved Wendy; baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals; golf with his buddies at the Club; and reading, his role as moderator of the Great Books Reading Group.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sue Jones; parents, A.B. and Grace Jones; and his brother, Col. Warren Jones.

He is survived by his sons, Allan Jones and his wife Heather of Richmond, VA, and Terry Jones and his wife Melissa of Stafford, VA; and grandchildren, Nate, Stuart, Christopher, and Alexis.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Church Parish Hall prior to the service.  Burial will be in St. Luke’s Memorial Garden following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Broad Street NW, Cleveland, TN 37311, or to a charity of your choice.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Jones family guestbook at

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

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