Rodney Lee Jones

Born in Chillicothe, OH on May 10, 1953

Departed on June 18, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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The world lost a good Christian man, husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and mechanic when Rod Jones passed way Thursday June 18th after a battle with metastatic lung cancer first diagnosed in December 2019. He died in his home in Hendersonville, TN surrounded by his wife Carolyn, son Josh and daughter-in-law Kelley.

Rodney Lee Jones was born on Mother’s Day, May 10, 1953 in Chillicothe, OH, the third and last son of Arthur L. and Mary L. (Pine) Jones. He was preceded in death by his mother in 1999 and is survived by his father in Chillicothe who just turned age 97. In addition to his father, Rod leaves behind his wife Carolyn, son Josh (Kelley), granddaughter Willow (who lived with him from age 13) and grandson Braden of the Hendersonville, Tn area, and his two brothers Larry (Ann) and Marvin (Ruth) of Chillicothe, OH.

Rod’s lifelong attraction to almost anything mechanical began before he was a teenager when he worked in the Phillips 66 gas station near his home at Bridge and Water streets in Chillicothe changing oil, pumping gas and fixing tires. His leadership qualities were nurtured when he became president of his Distributive Education of America Club (DECA) at Chillicothe High School from which he graduated in 1971.

On November 18, 1972 he married his Paint Valley sweetheart Carolyn Stauffer at Bainbridge Church of Christ and started a journey that would last 47 years. His first time in Tennessee was to attend the Nashville Auto-Diesel College from which he graduated in 1972. He later would serve on the college’s advisory board and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

He returned to Chillicothe after graduation and became one of the first 100 or so employees of the new Kenworth Truck Company plant. After stints as cab paint supervisor and quality assurance superintendent, Rod and Carolyn packed up Josh and moved to the Atlanta area in 1988 to be a district service manager where his territory included several states.

Lured away by a former boss in 1997, Rod took a similar position with Freightliner and moved the family to the Nashville area, settling in Hendersonville, TN in a home from which he never moved. Rod retired in April 2016 but continued to work in his tricked-out garage with Josh helping alongside him on any vehicles brought to them by their many friends. There was hardly a job he and Josh wouldn’t tackle.

Rod was active in the Hendersonville Church of Christ, always helping where needed. Rod also loved NASCAR, having attended several races and was glued to his TV on race days. When he retired, his fellow employees gave him, as a gift, a seat in a stock car and several solo laps around Nashville Super Speedway.

The Cole & Garrett Funeral Home has been entrusted with his care and arrangements. Memorial services are being planned in both Hendersonville and Chillicothe and will be announced later. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, donations may be made to the Hendersonville Church of Christ (107 Rockland Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075) or the Bridge Street Church of Christ in Chillicothe (147 N. Bridge St., Chillicothe, OH 45601).

106 Comments to Rodney Lee Jones

  1. Bruce G Wright
    June 21, 2020 2:03 pm

    Rod, you will be missed, I went to NADC with you and you helped me many times with Freightliner problems that I had when I was a Fleet Manager with Pepsi Cola in Louisville Kentucky. You nominated me for NADA Hall of Fame and I will always be grateful to you for that. May you rest in peace in Heaven,

    • Terry and Anne Kerbe
      July 6, 2020 9:42 am

      Rod was a great coworker an friend. A wonderful husband and father and set an example for all to aim high. He will be missed, but is in a great place with no pain!! We love you Rod, we wish all the best for your family.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 2:37 pm

      Thank you Bruce. We always enjoyed sitting with you and Connie at the NADC dinners.

  2. Glen Rodgers
    June 21, 2020 2:16 pm

    Rod was a wonderful, positive example of faith and devotion. It was truly a blessing to know him. He will be greatly missed by his church family.

  3. Pat Dunaway Bryant
    June 21, 2020 3:09 pm

    Sending my condolences to the family.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    I pray for comfort and strength during and after this difficult time.

  4. Jim and Marty Riley
    June 21, 2020 3:22 pm

    Rod was a dear friend. Maybe God needed him in heaven and wanted to remove the pain he was suffering here on earth. Carolyn you will see him again in heaven. May you and the family be comforted.Rod will be missed. Remember the good memories, until you are together again.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 2:41 pm

      Thank you Jim and Marty. We were blessed to have been your neighbors we were first married.

  5. JIM HORN
    June 21, 2020 3:37 pm

    I am truly disappointed that I never got to meet Rod. I heard so much about him from working with son Josh I feel as though I knew him,and miss him as well. May God bless and keep him.The pain is now gone,he is now healed at the knee of God.Rest in peace,Rod.

  6. Anjie and Jake Sammons
    June 21, 2020 3:56 pm

    Mr Jones, you were always so kind and helpful to me and my family. We didn’t know you for long but we are blessed to call you brother in Christ. Good bye for now we will see you again in glory! Praying comfort for Mrs Jones, Josh and the family.

  7. Steve Morton
    June 21, 2020 4:05 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I worked with Rod at Chillicothe KW plant. He was a great guy! Prayers for the family!

  8. Amey Van Voorhis
    June 21, 2020 4:43 pm

    I will always remember Rod as one of my late husband, Bill’s, star students in D.E., and was the class president. Bill and I were so fond of him; he loved anything mechanical and was always excited to talk about his career. My deepest sympathy to his dear family and friends. May his sweet memories comfort all of you and your faith sustain you during this difficult time.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 2:52 pm

      Thank you. He was very fond of you and Bill also. He always had nice things to say about you both whenever he talked about you over the years.

  9. Gary and Teresa Sartain
    June 21, 2020 5:06 pm

    We will sadly miss our dear brother in Christ!
    He has traveled his earthly path and now has reached his reward to live with GOD forever!
    Prayer for his family to be strong and know that he will be waiting for them in Paradise!

  10. Donna Dunaway
    June 21, 2020 6:50 pm

    Carolyn we will miss Rod so much! When we meet again in heaven what a wonderful time we will have. Prayers for you all. Glad you are part of our family and love you so much!

  11. Ted Shoemaker
    June 21, 2020 7:55 pm

    Rod and his family did nothing but good to my family.

  12. Karen wallace
    June 21, 2020 8:44 pm

    Rod had to be special to be a father to josh!’and son of Artbandnhusband of Carolyn!’lovfed the story of his life and have very memories of josh! What a boy! What a man! Out thoughts and prayers are with you,!the whole family!

  13. Peggy Ward Kimberlin
    June 21, 2020 10:08 pm

    Carolyn,
    I’m very saddened to learn of Rod’s passing. I will be praying for you and your family.

  14. Linda (Claytor) Love
    June 21, 2020 10:10 pm

    Carolyn, so sorry for your loss. It’s been some years since I’ve seen you, but please know I will keep you in my prayers.

  15. Vicki Stafford
    June 21, 2020 11:31 pm

    Rod & Rick are together up there praising Jesus, singing, having a good time, waiting for us who are left behind. To them it is just but a moment until we are with them. Rod was such a dear friend to Rick. And now I am thankful for yours ❤️

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 2:58 pm

      Thank you Vicki. I’m really glad they were able to get back in touch with each other before they both left this world. Happy to have you as my friend.

  16. Bob French
    June 21, 2020 11:55 pm

    Rest In Peace my friend. I’m very sorry for your loss Carolyn and family.

  17. Charles Collier
    June 22, 2020 8:02 am

    I enjoyed working with Rod and his professionalism and dedication to his job. He always tried to do what was right for his customers, dealers and his employer. When he retired he left a gap that was hard to fill. He was a friend and colleague that will be missed by all.

  18. John Williams
    June 22, 2020 10:46 am

    Rod will surely be missed. We worked together for many years during his time with Freightliner and my time with Eaton Corporation. Rod was a straight shooter and I considered him a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Rod’s family. Rest in peace my friend.

  19. Debbie Stone
    June 22, 2020 10:59 am

    I have lost such a dear friend & words cannot explain the pain one feels when they lose the love of their life. My prayers & tears are with Carolyn & her family members at this time and in the days ahead as well. I believe that while Rod is now in heaven w/ out beloved Jesus and re-uniting w/ loved ones and friends, the hole left by the presence his life occupied here on earth will be felt for a long, long time to come.

  20. DUDLEY SMITH
    June 22, 2020 10:59 am

    When I was first introduced to Freightliner I immediately befriended Rod. It was so refreshing to work with a guy that always did what was right and fair. Rod’s commitment to our customers was never in question. He always did what was right in spite of sometimes direction that was contrary. Since his retirement we have all missed his presence. God be with his family during this time of need and know that Rod is now tinkering with cars and trucks in Heaven.

  21. Mark Horton
    June 22, 2020 12:23 pm

    To a Great friend and business partner with the up most respect ! Rest in peace my friend ! God bless the family in these hard times !

  22. Ed Brown
    June 22, 2020 2:07 pm

    Rodney and I first met in Seattle, Wa. some 30 years ago when we were newly minted District Service Managers for KW. Rod was a good man who always had time to answer a question, lend a hand, or to provide insight for others who may have needed it. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know, and work with him over the years. His memory will always make me smile. God bless his family.

  23. Dan J Perryman
    June 22, 2020 2:35 pm

    I could write a book about my dear friend Rodney “Hot-Rod” Jones. A special man. He would give you the shirt off of his back and before handing it to you, he would be taking off his shoes if you needed them. I’ve had the honor of knowing Mr. Jones for 40 years. He and I have shared a lot of laughs and discussed lots of life’s issues. He managed to scold me now and then, by telling me — “hey, I thought you knew that! … what’s wrong with ya?” The depth of our relationship has forever changed me. He was a fine christian man and I’ll miss him beyond words can describe. Blessings to Carolyn, Josh and Willow. He loved you all so much.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:06 pm

      Thank you Dan. We were blessed that you were his boss for so many years. He thought the world of you and your family and so do I. Love y’all.

  24. Connie Bowers
    June 22, 2020 7:26 pm

    Rod, I will always remember the stories my Dad told me about this young man who worked with him. It was never a dull moment at Chillicothe Transit. He and my Mom loved you like a son. I will always keep a part of your heart in my memories. I will keep Art, Marvin, Larry, dear sweet Carolyn, Josh and the grandkids in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. Love, Connie

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:08 pm

      Thank you Connie. He thought the world of your family also. He always had nice things to say about them. Love you.

  25. Mike and Brenda Garrett
    June 22, 2020 7:54 pm

    Deepest sympathy….so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you all!

  26. Jim Stenquist
    June 23, 2020 8:18 am

    I will always remember Rod as a kind man. He always tried to look for the positive and cheer you up. He was a pleasure to work with and he will be missed. God bless him and all of his loved ones!

  27. Barry Bledsoe
    June 23, 2020 8:20 am

    Rod and I crossed paths many times at the KW Plant and as District Managers for Daimler Trucks. It was always a pleasure working with Rod. He always had a positive attitude. It never was a cloudy day when Rod was around. The world has been made a better place because of Rod. He will be missed.

  28. Pamela Graves
    June 23, 2020 8:34 am

    Condolences to the family,thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  29. David Hoersting
    June 23, 2020 9:29 am

    What more can you say about a man that was able to do just enough things in his life to be remembered for touching people’s lives in the way that he did.
    Rod Jones was able to touch everyone in his life with a kindness that made you remember him from the first time you met him. He made it easy to consider him as a friend instead of a colleague. I had the pleasure of being touched by his kindness and friendship and will always remember him.
    God Bless to all of his family and friends.

  30. Bev Sweeten
    June 23, 2020 6:41 pm

    We have lost a member of our 40+ years Anniversary group and Rod will be greatly missed! He’s also going to be missed by the men’s Tuesday morning breakfast club. Jim & I send our condolences to the family. We will never forget how Rod took a special interest in Clay after his brain injury. A truly Christian man and friend!

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:13 pm

      Thank you Bev. He loved you and Jim and your family and he always enjoyed going to the Tuesday morning breakfast with the group.

  31. Robin Shoemaker
    June 24, 2020 12:09 am

    Rod was such a kind and caring person. He really made us feel comfortable when we were new to our church and he along with Carolyn welcomed us along with my mom into their home study. He was a good friend to us and a good example of Christ. We will really miss him.

  32. Tim Baines
    June 24, 2020 3:06 pm

    Rod Jones will be missed by so many. We grieve but not as people who have no hope (1 Thess. 4:13). He and Carolyn modeled a Christ-centered marriage. Rod was a tireless servant. If he was able to help in any way possible, he did. I can’t remember a time when he said “No”. He was “Deacon” in the truest sense of the word as he had a servant’s heart. He helped me and my family and countless others in so many ways.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:16 pm

      Thank you Tim. He really appreciated the visit with you, Jerry and Steve in the garage. He told me you said a really nice prayer with him that day.

  33. Kelly Watson
    June 25, 2020 1:55 pm

    I had the Honor of working with “RRRRRodney” from 1999 until he retired. I would occasionally call Rod to catch up on small talk and then ask him a technical question because he was a “Champ”. I do not know if I’ve ever met a finer person, colleague and friend. Rod will be missed by all that have met him and his kind soul.

  34. Vicki Cosma
    June 25, 2020 1:57 pm

    We were so blessed to know Rod and Carolyn. We have shared good times and hard times with them. Rod ALWAYS would go the extra mile to make sure he could help you! God answered our prayers in the way he thought best for Rod and now he is with the Savior that he loved so much. Our hearts ache, and we give our love to his family and pray comfort and sweet memories will be with them in the months ahead. You will always be my friend, Carolyn… love you!!

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:19 pm

      Thank you Vicki. He and I shared alot of fun times with you and John. So blessed to have you guys as our friends. Love you too.

  35. John Cosma
    June 25, 2020 2:03 pm

    I will miss Rod and his humor. Rod loved to help people and was very caring and generous. He was a man of faith. I am thankful that I knew him. He was my friend.

  36. Marcia Delmoe
    June 25, 2020 2:18 pm

    Carolyn and family of Rod Jones, I am so sorry for your loss. We all know that Rod and Steve are in a better place and they are no longer suffering. My heart and prayers are with you all.

  37. John Cosma
    June 25, 2020 2:28 pm

    I will miss Rod. He was a great servant for the Lord. Rod loved to help people.He was caring, kind and generous. I am so thankful that I was able to know Rod and Carolyn. Rod was a great example to me. Rod will be missed by everyone that knew him.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:22 pm

      Thank you John. We were blessed to have you and Vicki as friends. We had so many fun times with you two.

  38. John Cosma
    June 25, 2020 2:31 pm

    I will miss Rod. He was a great man of faith. Rod loved to help people. He was caring, kind and generous. It was a privilege to be friends with Rod and Carolyn.

  39. Keith and Terri Garrett
    June 25, 2020 3:27 pm

    Carolyn and family…we are so sorry for your loss. Rod was a great guy. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  40. KEVIN P Freeman
    June 25, 2020 6:14 pm

    I am sure he has made it to our Father.

  41. Stan Weiss
    June 25, 2020 8:47 pm

    I met the pillar of knowledge when I came to work for Freightliner in the SE Region . We hit it off and became good friends. Rod and I grew closer being in Thur Cancer club together. We stayed in touch and enjoyed each other. If you had the honor to meet and work this man you would know that you where in the presents of greatness. I will miss you greatly my friend and May God bless you and your loving wife Carolyn, and your Son Josh and Willow .

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:27 pm

      Thank you Stan. He enjoyed your friendship and always said good things about you and your family. He was so happy everytime you had good news regarding your cancer. He and I have prayed alot for you. We enjoyed seeing you and your family when we took our trip out west a few years ago.

  42. Jon and Jaime Slover
    June 25, 2020 10:40 pm

    We will miss Rod, but know he is in heaven! We met him and Carolyn at our church. We were a newly married couple who moved out to TN and befriended them. Their Christ centered marriage was very much a blessing to us. After we had kids they became like surrogate grandparents to our kids since we lived so far from our own. Rod was truly one of a kind with a loving, servant heart. Prayers go out to his family and friends.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:30 pm

      Thank you Jon and Jaime. We were blessed to have you and your family as our friends. You have two wonderful children and we always enjoyed having them around. Braden loved it when your kids were here too. So glad we got to see you earlier in the year when you were in town.

  43. Kevin and Kathy Pugh
    June 26, 2020 4:36 am

    What can we say, my husband and I, Rod was our neighbor and friend for 20 years. We moved in days after he had his first grandchild, Willow. He and Kevin were friends right away. They helped each other through the years on cars, the house. We could have not ask for a better neighbor or friend, and of course his wife Carolyn is so precious to us. We really had some great times together over the years. The family is in ours thoughts and prayers everyday. Rod rest in peace.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:32 pm

      Thank you Kevin and Kathy. We have been blessed to have you as our neighbors. And I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done and continue doing for me. Y’all are the greatest.

  44. Jimmy and Cindy Carter
    June 26, 2020 9:39 am

    Very Saddened to hear of my Friend’s Passing. I met Rod in 1988 when I moved to Nashville with Eaton Corporation, Rod was District Service Manager with Kenworth. Rod moved on to Freightliner, I worked with Kenworth of Tennessee and then on to Volvo Trucks. We stayed in touch over the years, Called on the same fleet accounts (M.S. Carriers out of Memphis was our favorite). Rod and I stayed in touch since his retirement and truly enjoyed our “Culver’s” Hamburger visits. Our Love and Prayers to Carolyn and Josh. Rest in Peace My Brother, You may be Gone but Truly not Forgotten.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:34 pm

      Thank you Jimmy and Cindy. Rod was blessed to have you as friends and he really enjoyed your friendship.

  45. Yvonne Barnes
    June 26, 2020 7:20 pm

    I can’t say enough good things about Rod. He was truly one of the most caring, Christ-centered men I’ve ever known, one in a million. He helped me and my family countless times over the years. The loss to this world is great, but I am certain his reward in heaven is greater. Carolyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:37 pm

      Thank you. We have been blessed to have been friends with you and Leon and now you and Kevin. We enjoyed bowling with you and Kevin that was fun.

  46. Ralph Ruby
    June 27, 2020 2:41 pm

    I was very sad to hear of the loss of a good friend. He will be missed, but I am very blessed to have known Rod for the time I got to spend with him over the years.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:39 pm

      Thank you Ralph. He was blessed to have you as a friend. He and I have enjoyed our friendship with you and Dusty and enjoyed the Edward Jones lunches which gave us the opportunity to make new friends.

  47. T Conley
    June 27, 2020 3:36 pm

    I remember Rod when he worked at the auto parts store in Chillicothe. We always talked about racing engines. A terrific guy. Rest in peace my friend.

  48. Gary Brackett
    June 27, 2020 3:50 pm

    I will always cherish Rod friendship. Rod and I met in Knoxville when he became my DSM for Freightliner.
    Our friendship grow over the years and Rod’s mentoring was unwavering. Bless you my friend .

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:46 pm

      Thank you. He enjoyed your friendship. And it was always nice to see you and Terri at the lunches.

  49. Rita Kern
    June 27, 2020 7:10 pm

    Carolyn and Family, I worked with Rod at Kenworth and he would occasionally sit with me and my (ex)husband during the races at the Atomic Raceway. Rod was such a nice guy . I’m so sorry for your loss. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in God’s Eternal Peace, Rod.

  50. Kevin & Becky McCorkle
    June 27, 2020 9:01 pm

    Carolyn,
    We were so sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. We have so many fond memories of you both from our younger days. Kevin still tells stories from Rod helping him rebuild the engine in our van in the garage of your home on Water Street. He talks about the dog you had who would let Rod put the biscuit on his nose and wait for him to give the command before he would flip it up in the air and eat it. I often think of you when I drive by the corner of Bridge & Water. Even though the house is gone I still think of you & remember the house and garage as it was.

    Please accept our deepest sympathies. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 3:58 pm

      Thank you Kevin and Becky. We also have fond memories of you also. So blessed to have been friends with you. He loved teaching our dog new tricks, lol. Yes, Rod had alot of talent especially in the line of mechanics.

  51. Toni Grisham
    June 27, 2020 11:19 pm

    Most people have one best friend, But Rod had the uncanny ability to be the best friend of so many people. His kindness knew no limits and his helpfulness knew no boundaries. I cannot list the many times he has helped my family and brought smiles to our faces. He was a rare human being who lived his life in a manner approved by God. I can only hope to be like him and in turn, be like Christ. I sorrow deeply and will truly miss such a example of goodness. I will continue to pray for his family during this time of loss, yet I am thankful that God gave me an opportunity to have known someone so honorable during my lifetime………….Rod, till we meet again

    • Carolyn Jones
      July 10, 2020 4:01 pm

      Thank you Toni. He and I were blessed to have you and Charles as our friends. He thought highly of both of you and so do I. Love you both.

  52. Paul Slate
    June 30, 2020 12:36 am

    Rod and I hit it off real fine as we were both ex Paccar employees. We knew several folks from KW and Peterbilt. I sure wish I had gotten the chance to get closer to him. We would have been real close friends. He was a Great, Positive man. I know we will miss him.

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