Linda G Jones

Born in Springfield, TN on November 26, 1948

Departed on April 11, 2020 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Linda G. Jones, 71 of Goodlettsville, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Her home. Born November 26, 1948 in Springfield, TN, she was the daughter of the late Willie Jacob Graves and Georgie Mae (Shepherd) Graves. Linda was a graduate of Tennessee Tech and received her Masters’ degree from the University of Tennessee extension school in Nashville. She had a long and impressive career as a teacher. She had been named Metro Nashville’s Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1998 and was retired from Old Center School. She continued to work “part time” during her retirement and was active in the Book Buddy program. During her career she had numerous celebrities, political figures and community influencers come to her classroom to read to her students. Her passion for education and reading were a large part of her legacy to the youth of middle Tennessee. Linda was known to be a very encouraging, supportive, friendly and engaging person. She truly never met a stranger and had a knack for getting to know new acquaintances very quickly. She loved sports and over the years had attended many Atlanta Braves games. She was also a season ticket holder for Vandy for some 20 years. A member of Parkway Baptist Church, Linda loved her pastor, Brother Ken Castleberry and her entire church family. Linda was a devoted and loving wife, mother, aunt and great-aunt. She had a sense of family and love for hers that knew no bounds. Her great nieces and great nephews came to call her “Grauntie” as she loved her extended family as though they were grandchildren. Linda is survived by her husband of 51 years, James D. Jones; their daughter, Tamara L. Jones; sister, Jean and her husband Rick Lott; brother, James and his wife Betty Lou Graves; niece, Lori and her husband Kevin Szathmary; nephews, Greg Lott and Jake Graves; great-nieces, Carlie Szathmary, Macey Lott, Gabi Lott and Sadie Graves; and great-nephews, Declan Szathmary and Wiley Graves. A service in celebration of Linda’s life will be held at a time to be announced. Memorial contributions can be made to the library at Jack Anderson elementary in memory of Linda Jones at 250 Shutes Lane, Hendersonville TN 37075.

27 Comments to Linda G Jones

  1. Kerri Balthrop
    April 15, 2020 9:11 am

    The world is going to have a “Linda-sized” hole that only she can fill… of the most loving people I have ever known. She will be very missed by everyone who knew her.
    And what a teacher!!!

  2. Pat and Smitty
    April 15, 2020 1:05 pm

    JD everyone here in the Vineyard are broken hearted. Please let us know if we can do anything for you. We all loved Linda so much.

  3. Tommy and Cathy
    April 15, 2020 1:43 pm

    We have shared a lot of fond memories over the years with Linda, J D, and Tamara. She was kind to everyone. Love and miss you Linda.

  4. Donna Wafford
    April 15, 2020 1:47 pm

    Enjoyed serving on our Vineyard Board of Homeowners Association with Linda. Such a sweet, caring person. Like many others loved that little gal!

  5. Lisa Capps
    April 15, 2020 1:48 pm

    Linda was such a precious lady. Whenever anyone was around her, she made them feel special and loved, usually having special nicknames for them. I was “Weesie.” She loved her students and adored her family. She brightened up any room she entered. She will be truly missed.

  6. Tiffany Curtis
    April 15, 2020 1:58 pm

    Linda was an extraordinary person and educator! she was a true blessing to all she befriended. Heaven gained a angel!!!

  7. Lucy and Matt Musante
    April 15, 2020 2:05 pm

    What a dear, sweet lady. She welcomed us so warmly when we moved in and was so warm and friendly. She will be missed.

  8. Shawn Sadler Roach
    April 15, 2020 2:33 pm

    Sincere condolences to Tamara and the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. David and Karen Jo Torr
    April 15, 2020 3:47 pm

    Prayers for your family.

  10. Jackie Ragland
    April 15, 2020 4:27 pm

    The Vineyards is so sad about Linda’s death. She was truly one of the kindness sweetest souls I know.
    I always loved running into her and getting her hugs and precious smile. She will be missed by so many.
    My heart is hurting so much for you J.D,

  11. Amanda
    April 15, 2020 4:34 pm

    Linda Jones was one of a kind. Always such a sweetheart ♥️

  12. Rita Gabrielle Ellis
    April 15, 2020 4:37 pm

    Mrs. Jones was my third grade teacher at Old Center and was a neighbor to my grandparents. My heart breaks seeing this! She was such a sweet lady and I pray that her family finds comfort during this time.

  13. Julie Carroll
    April 15, 2020 5:35 pm

    I will always remember Linda as kind, warm, and welcoming. I felt loved when I was with her.

  14. Bill Hamblin
    April 15, 2020 6:39 pm

    JD and family. You’ve read the sincere remarks put forth in this forum. I remember you two kids when you were first started out. A petite woman and a tall rough around the edges young man. Some folks live their lives contentiously. Some live their lives at peace. Linda lived at peace with the world. JD you have been blessed beyond your dreams. You have been loved by someone who new what a gift that is. She has gone on ahead. She’s with her Savior. Bless you all.

  15. Starr Herrman
    April 15, 2020 6:46 pm

    Sunshine, pure sunshine, was what she brought to the world. I remember her growing up in Sunday School, church and other activities. I remember her as a colleague in the Metro Nashville Public School system as someone who was stellar in her job as a teacher for many reasons. Her love for children and reading and people in general set her apart from the regular teacher.
    Smiling was a part of her persona. She loved everyone, especially her family.
    My heart goes out to J.D. and Tamara and all of those in her family who she loved so much and those who loved her back.
    I pray for peace for all of you; and to all who knew and loved her, because if you knew her, you loved her.

  16. Machelle Allison
    April 15, 2020 7:53 pm

    She was a wonderful teacher and friend to both of my girls at Union Hill and Old Center. She made third grade special. She was a very special person and will be missed by many. We are all so happy to have known her.

  17. Karen Frost Green
    April 15, 2020 11:16 pm

    I love Mrs. Jones! My heart sank when I saw the notice. I knew her from Union Hill. I later saw her in Springfield and other places on occasion. She was a lovely lady with a big heart for children and teaching. Prayers for your family.

  18. Darrin Hoffman
    April 15, 2020 11:23 pm

    Mrs. Jones lived across the street from me when I was a tween. She and her husband James were so kind to my parents and very tolerant of me. You have my deepest condolences.

  19. Kelly Parker
    April 15, 2020 11:35 pm

    Loved “Grauntie”!! The halls at JAE will not be the same!! She loved reading with the children!! My heart is so sad!! I’m sure she is teaching in heaven!!

  20. Tressa Sanders
    April 16, 2020 1:52 am

    She had the sweetest spirit and most beautiful smile. Jack Anderson Elementary will miss her so much. She was a blessing to me, and I am thankful to have known her.

  21. Beth Nicholson
    April 16, 2020 2:03 am

    Mrs.Jones was truly one of a kind. She always had a smile on her face and made you feel special. She not only taught children, but influenced all those she came in contact with to be a better person, teacher, and friend. She had just come to my mom’s funeral a month ago and sent me beautiful wind chimes that will now remind me of two beautiful women!

  22. Beth Nicholson
    April 16, 2020 2:15 am

    Linda was truly one of a kind. She always had a smile on her face and made you feel special. She not only taught children but all who came in contact with her saw how be a better person, teacher, and friend. She just came to my mom’s funeral last month and sent me beautiful wind chimes that will now remind me of not one but two beautiful women! We will miss you Mrs. Jones.

  23. Deanna Muldowney
    April 16, 2020 10:41 am

    We will keep her spot at the beach forever in her memory. Rest in Peace with your maker.

  24. Lana and Mike Settle
    April 17, 2020 12:34 pm

    Linda Jones always expressed the love of her Savior through her sweet smile, her kind words and loving embraces. You felt it every time you were with her. She was a giver, and she gave that love away so selflessly and with such joy! She left a legacy of that love to her husband, James, her daughter, Tamara, all her sweet family, friends, and countless students. My heart especially goes out to her sister, Jean, who loved her beyond words and will miss her so. We pray for all of you as we remember what an example, mentor, teacher and servant of the Lord Linda will forever be in our memory. We love you.

  25. Lana and Mike Settle
    April 17, 2020 12:54 pm

    Linda Jones expressed the love of her Savior through her sweet smile, kind words and loving embraces. You felt it every time you were with her. She was a giver, and she gave away her love so selflessly and with such joy! She left that legacy of love to her husband, James, her daughter, Tamara, and all of her dear family, friends, and countless students. My heart goes out especially to her devoted sister, Jean, who loved her beyond words and will miss her so. We pray for all of you and remember the example, mentor, teacher, and servant of her Lord Linda will forever be in our memory, We love you.

  26. Margie Alexander
    April 23, 2020 2:15 pm

    Linda was a one of a kind friend & sister, I can say that because I almost lost a job over her one time & so we became family. We laughed about it when we would run into each other as only we knew what happened. She was also my daughter’s 3rd grade teacher at Union Hill & one of her favorites. Fly high Linda you have earned your wings as you have made the world a brighter place. God rest your soul~

  27. Brenda Hackett Galbreath
    April 25, 2020 9:36 am

    Linda and I were close in the eighties because we lived down the street from each other. We played ball together at Eastland Baptist Church. She was pitcher and was hit in the nose by a ball and James clicked it back in place. We would laugh at each other during the games. She was so much fun! During the summers we would go to the Pleasant Green swimming pool and play tennis at Peay Park in Goodlettsville. She loved to laugh! When I moved out of Goodlettsville, we lost touch with each other. I wish we hadn’t. Linda, you are in your heavenly home now and are resting in God’s glory!l will always love you, James and Tamara and will always have these wonderful memories!

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