I would be totally remiss if I did not post about a very special lady who passed away this week. Though this should have been on my blog days ago time and events did not allow that to happen.
On Tuesday, November 17th Ramona Jones, old time fiddler, vocalist, traditional country music entertainer, and wife of the late Grandpa Jones passed away at the age of 91. To put it mildly she was a gem of a lady and while not a ‘center-stage’ personality was noted far and wide to be just about one of the dearest persons anyone would want to be around.
What makes her special to me is that she was part of the first generation of Grand Ole Opry performers beginning shortly after she met and married Jones (Louis Marshall Jones)in 1946. She was 22 years old when she married Grandpa. The two were performing together on a radio show–does it get more nostalgic for those of us who gravitate in that direction? They continued working together professionally with Grandpa Jones often taking the top billing.
Ramona played fiddle, guitar, and mandolin on shows with her husband, and they often sang duets. Perhaps their biggest bit was their Bells routine where Grandpa and Ramona would strap cowbells to their feet and hands and use them to play familiar melodies. In this, and many other skits, Grandpa would joke and play the fool while Ramona maintained a dignified presence on stage.
She is remembered as a fine old time fiddler and proponent of the mountain and hillbilly music that characterized early commercial country radio. Ramona and Grandpa are again together.