Please remember me as I was, healthy, happy, and trying to make you laugh James Ray 'Doc' Jones, 64, left us on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in the Johnson City Medical Center. Except for 4 years in the Air Force, he was a lifetime resident of Johnson City. He is preceded in death by his mother, Alice Corder, who died giving birth to him. Also his wonderful parents who adopted him, his mom Norma Treadway Jones and his dad Raymond M. Jones. He is survived by: his loving wife, and best friend for many decades, Sherry L. Jones; brother, David McHone, and his wife Sherry, of Stevens Point, WI; son, Bret Jones, and his wife Cindy, of Hampton; daughter, Christy Trivette, and her husband Don, of Maumee, OH; daughter, Eve Justus, and her husband Otto, of Cedar Bluff, VA; and his friend for over 60 years, Randy Erwin, and his wife Wilma, of Johnson City. He will also be missed by his grandkids, other relatives, and a whole lot of friends. After the Air Force, Doc joined the Washington County/ Johnson City EMS in 1974 and in 1979 was one of six first paramedics in East Tennessee. He was a paramedic before retiring after 36 years of service. Following retirement he became an advocate for seat belt safety on school buses. He also volunteered with the local rescue squad for many years. He often said his life was blessed in many ways, especially his parents, his wife, his kids and his friends. He also said that to have a job in EMS was a huge blessing in than he got to help people who needed help. But he said, many times, that his biggest blessing was that he found his wife Sherry. He was able to enjoy the life he had been blessed with in so many ways. Doc was known to always have the 'joke of the day' for his friends. Since he was a young child he loved to make people laugh. Doc said many times how laughter made people not only feel good but also made him feel good to get them to laugh. He was a stand up comedian for years and then developed his own game show similar to 'Lets make a deal', which led to shows around the southeast and then led to his own television show. Over a decade ago his hobby (and he said passion) became playing poker -Texas Hold-Em- with the Tennessee Poker league in Johnson City. He made some great friends there and ended up with him actually playing twice in the World Series of Poker. For those who wish memorials may be made to the Washington County Volunteer Rescue Services, PO Box 783, Johnson City, TN 37605. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 3:00 pm at Morris Baker Funeral Home in the South Chapel under the direction of Chaplain Matthew Barber and Rev. Mike Woodward. Pallbearers will be the Honor Guard and members of Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Medical Services. " I hope you had the time of your life."

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Eve, J.R. & Family, We were saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Jones. We will be praying for your family and stand ready to help in any way we can. May God bless you, keep you, and give you peace.

  2. Anonymous says:

    For Eve: Just to let you know you and your family is is my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss, and we really miss you guys at church. If I can be of any help, please let me know. Love all of you, Clara

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sherry, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Some of my fondest memories include you and Jim and the old Memorial. Jim was there for so many people and you were always there for him; always the light of his life. He will be missed by many. May peace and love surround you and fill your heart now and always. With love, Sandy

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sherry,I am so sorry for your loss.Jim was a kind man and I always thought of him as a friend.He will be sorely missed.You are in my prayers. Barney

  5. Anonymous says:

    Few people enter are lives who are truly “unforgettable.” James “Doc” Jones was one of those people. I can remember the first time I met “Doc” as if it were yesterday. A friend had asked me to go to Bailey’s with him that night and play in a Tennessee Poker League game. I can remember coming in as a young twenty-two year old kid and how people there all looked up to “Doc” for his prowess at a poker table. I soon learned about that as he quickly separated me from my chips. Through the years that I came to know “Doc” Jones I came to respect him far more than for just being an excellent card player. “Doc” was so proud of his EMT work and it’s easy to see why. It was a part of “Doc’s” character. “Doc” genuinely cared for both the health and well-being of his fellow man. He knew the value of a physically and emotionally happy person. I believe that is why “Doc” enjoyed his EMT work and telling jokes. The most prevalent thought I have of “Doc” now that I look back at the time I knew him was one of a gentleman who looked at the world with a servant’s heart and a man I very much admired. Doc’s legacy of service is one that we should all strive for. Doc was a man who left the world a better place than he found it and nobody and no one did it better.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I apologize for the first posting, I submitted it before proofreading it……… Few people enter our lives that are truly “unforgettable.” James “Doc” Jones was one of those people. I can remember the first time I met “Doc” as if it were yesterday. A friend had asked me to go to Bailey’s with him that night and play in a Tennessee Poker League game. I can remember coming in as a young twenty-two year old kid and how people there all looked up to “Doc” for his prowess at a poker table. I soon learned about that as he quickly separated me from my chips. Through the years that I came to know “Doc” Jones I came to respect him far more than for just being an excellent card player. “Doc” was so proud of his EMT work and it’s easy to see why. It was a part of “Doc’s” character. “Doc” genuinely cared for both the health and well-being of his fellow man. He knew the value of a physically and emotionally happy person. I believe that is why “Doc” enjoyed his EMT work and telling jokes. The most prevalent thought I have of “Doc” now that I look back at the time I knew him was one of a gentleman who looked at the world with a servant’s heart and a man I very much admired. “Doc’s” legacy of service is one that we should all strive for. “Doc” was a man who left the world a better place than he found it and nobody and no one did it better.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sending my condolences SHERRY..Jim was a wonderful man. Sorry I can’t be there in person..But know you are in my thoughts…Sending you Love & Hugs

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sherry, I am so sad to hear of Doc’s passing. We had some good times together at EMS. I am glad I got to talk to him at Terry’s funeral. He will definitely be missed by all of us who knew him. You are in our prayers.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Sherry, Mom Dad, and I wanted to say we are very sorry and sadden by Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful man and we will always treasure the memories we have from the Rescue Squad. If you need anything or just someone to talk to please dont hesitate to call. We would have came to the service however dad has been diagnosed with leukemia and had his first chemo treatment last week and he is not doing very well. We have our hands full with him. Mom’s number is 423-794-9971. If you just need someone to talk to she said to call her anytime. We send you all our love and sympathies. We will truly miss Jim. He was one of a kind.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Sherry I am sorry for your loss. But hold your head and proud Mr. Jim Jones {DOC} was a great man and had taught so men and women the true mean of the EMS Job. When I first meet him he was a big part of my EMS job. And I meet you at Life Care of Gray and you was a kind lady and I knew that you and Doc was made for each other but the World and you lost a great man Thank You for letting him b in our lives God Bless You and Your Family We r Praying or you all.

  11. Anonymous says:

    You’ve always been and always will be special to our family. I’ve been so inspired by you and Sherry in many ways for many years. I have so much pride and respect in your endurance this past year. That will always be with me. THANK YOU Jim for the toleran

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sherry, It has been many years since I met you & Doc. I am thinking of you & praying for you all. God Bless.

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