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Tommy Jones Dies

Guitar Virtuoso Tommy Jones passed away Wed. Sept 4th at a Gainesville, FL hospital at the age of 47.

Tommy Jones started young and was recognized as a child prodigy by Chet Atkins and others. His debut album "Tommy's Place" showcased his talent for a sensitive and melodic touch. Later, Chet produced "Chet Atkins presents Tommy Jones", a landmark album. Tommy's last 2 Cds were "Country" and "Tide Pool".

Tommy appeared on the Grand Old Opry as a teenager, and toured extensively with saxiphonist Boots Randolph. He was a regular performer and instructor at many of the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society conventions in Nashville.

Tommy's wish was for there to be no funeral or memorial service, but to be cremated.

Tommy spent the last few years living with his Mother, Hazel Jones who is in her 80s, and his beloved dog "Pee-Wee".

Condolence cards can be sent to Tommy's mother at the following address:

Hazel L. Jones
P.O. Box 575
Oldtown, FL

- Tom Redmond

Our friend Lee Ramirez posted this obit on the Fretboard.org bulletin board:

For those of you that may be interested, the following appeared in the Gainsville (Florida) Sun Times.

Tommy Otto Jones

OLD TOWN - Tommy Otto Jones of Old Town died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 47.

Mr. Jones was born in Live Oak and was a lifelong resident of Old Town. He was a musician and a member of the Musicians Union in Nashville.

Survivors include brothers Bobby and James Jones of Old Town and Billy Jones of Waldon, Ark., a sister, Nell Bryant of Panama City Beach; and his mother, Hazel Jones of Old Town.   

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