Robert Lee (Bob) Jones, age 68, finally got his tab called at the bar of life, Feb. 7, 2017, after a 15 round heavy weight prize fight with Lewy Body Dementia.
Bob was born in Vallejo, California in Aug. 1948. His father was a Navy man and Bob was a Navy Brat (emphasis on the brat). Because of this, Bob had the privilege of living all over the United States before finally settling in Morehead, after his father retired from the military.
As a teenager, Bob enjoyed skipping school, fishing, playing pool at Pat's poolroom, smoking cigarettes, and driving fast. In 1966 Bob enlisted in the Army, where he earned the rank of Sergeant and learned how to curse in multiple languages while spending 3 tours in Vietnam. The highlight of Army life for Bob was when he got personal leave to Sydney, Australia and happened to stay at the same hotel the Miss Universe pageant was held. His biggest regret from this time was not getting a tattoo.
After his honorable discharge from the Army - Bob took a job at Spring Grove Dairy in Morehead - even though some people thought he was a professional fisherman. He married and had 2 daughters - Niki and Becky. While raising his girls - he liked to pass on many words of wisdom - such as
"Always bet the 2 horse"
"You've got to drink a few beers when you go fishin"
"Kentucky Basketball is King"
"If you're too drunk to sing- you drive"
"Kill em' all and let God sort um out"
"Smoke um' if you got um".
After the dairy closed down, Bob took a job at Blue Grass Army Depot as a Security Agent. He retired in 1990. This allowed Bob to fish every day (as if he needed an excuse.) At this time he became a fishing guide on Cave Run Lake.
Bob enjoyed a cold beer (or 3), good food, good friends, fishing, reading, and sports.
Bob is survived by his wife Linda Carpenter Jones (affectionately known to Bob as Susie); daughters Niki Whisman Robinson (Doug) of Morehead and Becky Jones Singleton (Billy) of Frankfort; step-sons Dwayne Carpenter (Teresa) of Morehead and Chris Rice (Trisha) of Morehead; grandchildren Alec Whisman, Samantha Singleton, Gracie Singleton; and step grandson Jordan Carpenter; brothers Lloyd A Jones II (Shirley); William Jones (Jennifer); and sister Peggy Lewis; as well as countless friends and extended family and his favorite dog "Puppy". He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Lella Mae Jones; stepdaughter Janene Carpenter; and son in law Ron Whisman.
In lieu of Bob's final request to be chopped in pieces and fed to the sharks, it was decided cremation was the way to go.
Graveside services with military honors will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Morehead, at noon. In lieu of flowers - please consider donating to New Hope Clinic in Owingsville.
Bob will be missed by all who knew him. In the immortal words of the great man himself - "Alert, Alive; Do or Die; Take Care "- Sgt. Jones.
Published on February 9, 2017