James Gay Jones

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James Gay Jones was born on December 24, 1966, in Columbus, Ohio. James was the fourth of five siblings all born to Anna Jean Jones. Jim or “Big Jim” as he was affectionately called by his friends and family, was a proud 1985 graduate of Columbus East High School. He was a faithful employee of Columbus City Schools for 20 plus years.

Jim was a very friendly, happy, generous and compassionate person; people always mentioned his infectious smile. If there was music playing at a celebration or party, Jim was on the dance floor for the duration. If you were celebrating; one of his greatest joys, was celebrating with you!

As an avid lover of sports, during football season, it wasn’t uncommon to hear him yell out “How about them Cowboys!” (whether they were winning or losing). Jim was also a huge fan of Thee Ohio State University Buckeyes. He became “Sideline Couch Coach Jim” during the games, yelling out plays to the OSU head coach as though he could he heard through the television screen. Big Jim also enjoyed the time and fellowship he spent with his family, tight knit group of buddies and his friends.

Jim transitioned this earthly life on Monday, January 31, 2022, he was 55 years old. He was preceded in death by his loving mother Anna Jean Jones, along with his eldest sister, Jerry J. Helms, his brother Milton “Pete” Seward Jr, and his special aunt Bernice Bugg. He leaves to cherish his memory, his two sons: James Fredrick Jones, and Camron James Jones; Sister Karen A. Jones and twin sister Kimberly G. Byrd; Dear brotherly friends Jeff Trent, Kelvin Pugh, Sean Bledsoel; and Mike Coffey; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 “These things have I spoken to you, that my joy remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”  John 15:11






Visitation 9:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, February 19, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.). Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

Condolence Messages

  1. Jim, I have always been very proud to know you, and have only great memories of our growing up at 1300 Clifton Avenue. Love you lil buddy!

  2. So sorry for your loss. I met Jim many years ago at Kent Elementary School. Always had a smile on his face. Spent many Saturdays watching Buckeye games at his home. Since he was a Cowboys fan and I was a Giants fan we had many “friendly “ discussions. Rest In Peace old friend.

  3. Zachary Antonio Hill

    Jim even though we didn’t grow up together and only got together a few times. It was always Brotherly, as if we did. I only regret I did not come to see you during this last difficult stretch. Rest well with Family and Friends. Until we meet again. Peace my Good Brother.

  4. Our condolences to the family. May God keep you and your family.

  5. My condolences to my little cousin James Jones and to the entire family. I had the chance to meet Jim a few times and I remember that infectious smile and being such a stand up guy!!! May God continue to bless you all ❤️❤️

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