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Cleo Jones, 89, Adair Co., KY native (1933-2022)

Cleo D. Jones peacefully passed away at home in Arizona with his loving wife & family by his side on September 8, 2022. He was 89 years old.

The family chose cremation, and a memorial service will be held at NoonCT on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg St., Columbia, KY. Burial will follow in the Elliott Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 11amCT to NoonCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.

He was born May 14, 1933 to Ida Lesta Robinson-Jones & Willie Thomas Jones in Adair County, Kentucky. Cleo joined the United States Army in 1951. On August 31, 1961 CPL Jones Cleo D. was Honorably Discharged from his service. This would be the new beginning to his trucking career of over 44 years. Cleo was an accomplished & well respected Semi-Truck Driver.

He was well known for telling stories about driving his semi in 49 states, Canada & Mexico. He received many safe driving awards. He was "Driver of the Year" by Arizona Motor Transportation Association, American Truckers Association & Cement Transport Inc.

Of all the hobbies Cleo had, he most enjoyed working for many years with the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee as an active & advisory member. Everyone who knew Cleo felt his big heart & giving nature. He was a true gentleman! Cleo had an amazing life, a loving family and wonderful caring friends.

He is survived by his wife Wilma Gibson-Jones, children Randy (Dee), Roger (Kimberly), RoseAnne, Robin, daughter -in-law LeeAnn, Pat (his former wife), 20 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.

Preceding Cleo in death are his parents, Ida & Willie Jones, siblings Ida Mae Cook, Ocie Jones, Ira (Hazel), Herman (Verneeda), Floyd (Fannie Mae), Bill (Pat), his two sons, Ronnie & Bob, one grandchild, one great-grandchild & Dona, his former wife.

In lieu of remembrance a donation of your choice can be made to any church or organization of your choice in honor of Cleo D. Jones.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

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Cleo Jones, 89, Adair Co., KY native (1933-2022)

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