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Waynell Jones

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Waynell Jones

Birth
Death
23 Apr 1992 (aged 65)
Burial
Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, USA Add to Map
Plot
The grave is in the left section of the cemetery.
Memorial ID
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Blues Guitarist. The album, Deep South Blues, cut in the 1980s includes a song by Jones entitled, Chicken Song. Waynell Jones who worked days as a custodian at Freed-Hardeman University at Henderson until 1988, died Thursday after a four-year battle with bone cancer. Jones rose to fame in the mid-1980s after years of playing at country picnics and family reunions around Henderson and Humboldt. David Evans, a Memphis State University music professor, heard a tape of Jones' music and recognized the guitarist for what he was a master of traditional Southern blues. In 1985, Evans recorded some of Jones' favorites, including "Jaybird Boogie" and "The Chicken Song." In 1986, he represented Tennessee at the National Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C. It was his first plane ride.

RITES, TRIBUTE HENDERSON
Services for blues guitarist Waynell Jones will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at North Henderson Church of Christ. Freed-Hardeman University's radio station, WFHC-FM, will broadcast a tribute to Jones, including some of his songs, at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Al Price, FHU sociology professor, traveled to Beale Street to watch Jones play at a blues festival. "That was the high point of his life, and one of my fondest memories," Price said Friday. "Knowing that this fellow who had played the cotton fields of Chester County was now playing for crowds on Beale Street"
-- Jackson Sun, April 25, 1992
Blues Guitarist. The album, Deep South Blues, cut in the 1980s includes a song by Jones entitled, Chicken Song. Waynell Jones who worked days as a custodian at Freed-Hardeman University at Henderson until 1988, died Thursday after a four-year battle with bone cancer. Jones rose to fame in the mid-1980s after years of playing at country picnics and family reunions around Henderson and Humboldt. David Evans, a Memphis State University music professor, heard a tape of Jones' music and recognized the guitarist for what he was a master of traditional Southern blues. In 1985, Evans recorded some of Jones' favorites, including "Jaybird Boogie" and "The Chicken Song." In 1986, he represented Tennessee at the National Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C. It was his first plane ride.

RITES, TRIBUTE HENDERSON
Services for blues guitarist Waynell Jones will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at North Henderson Church of Christ. Freed-Hardeman University's radio station, WFHC-FM, will broadcast a tribute to Jones, including some of his songs, at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Al Price, FHU sociology professor, traveled to Beale Street to watch Jones play at a blues festival. "That was the high point of his life, and one of my fondest memories," Price said Friday. "Knowing that this fellow who had played the cotton fields of Chester County was now playing for crowds on Beale Street"
-- Jackson Sun, April 25, 1992

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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: Dec 4, 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45106226/waynell-jones: accessed ), memorial page for Waynell Jones (12 Aug 1926–23 Apr 1992), Find a Grave Memorial ID 45106226, citing Oak Grove Church of Christ Cemetery, Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204).