‹ Return to Current Obituaries
Send FlowersHand delivered by a local florist
Send a Sympathy Card
Plant Memorial Trees

Visitation

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport
Friday July 15th, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm

View Details

Funeral Service

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport
Friday July 15th, 2022
7:00pm

View Details

Graveside Service

Oak Hill Memorial Park
Saturday July 16th, 2022
12:00pm

View Details

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Larry "Lonzo"'s visitation.


Larry "Lonzo" Glenn Jones

You might have known him as Lonzo, or Uncle Larry, or Big Daddy. To my fur-brothers Buddy, Spooky, Gizmo, Max, and I, he'll always be Daddy. He passed away peacefully and finally free of pain early Sunday morning.

A life-long Kingsport resident, he was the retired owner of Facelift Painting and couldn't drive down a street without pointing out houses he had painted. He loved to grow tomatoes and figs in his backyard, take long drives and have picnics in the mountains, watch Dobyns-Bennett High School and University of Tennessee football, drink sweet tea with extra extra extra ice, cook on the grill, collect Civil War currency, and gaze at the heavens with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club. He believed in aliens, adored his dogs, was endlessly hard working, was a champion dartsman, made the world's best baked beans, and loved shrimp. He always said, "Never buy cheap toilet paper, cheap meat, or cheap tires," and of course, "Call me when you get there."

He is sadly missed by his daughter, Tammy, her mother and his former wife Wanda Thorpe, his sister and brother-in-law Faye and Charles Harris, special family members Kathy Sprung, Jim amd Carolyn Thorpe, and Carrie Thorpe, and many beloved nieces and nephews, including Richard Kaiser, Rhett and Natalie Kaiser, Denise (Harris) and Mike Hoppenhauer, Sandra (Jones) Kelley, Buck Jones, Bobby Jones, Carol (Jones) Kirk, David Harris, Brooke (Gregory) and Jim Lane, Sean and Leigh Gregory, Ashly (Jones) and Dan Helmkamp), Holly (Jones) and Andrew Henderson, many great-nieces and great-nephews...and his adored "circus dog" Max.

He was welcomed to Heaven by his parents, Elva Lucinda "Lucy" Bruner Jones and Rod V. Jones, and many beloved siblings, including Ruth Gregory, Darlene Kaiser, Fred Jones, Herman "Bud" Jones, and his "like-a-brother" nephew Cliff "Butch" Sprung.

Friends and family will honor him at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport on Friday, July 15, with visitation from 5 to 7pm and services at 7pm and at noon Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Everyone who knew him knew he loved to wear pink and pastels, so you're welcome to join us in wearing pretty colors in his honor at all of the services, if you wish.

While flowers are welcome, a donation in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or StJude.org) or The Humane Society of the United States (1255 23rd St NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 or HumaneSociety.org) would make him proud. He always said that's the first thing he'd do when he won the lottery. Bless him.


To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Larry "Lonzo" Jones, please visit our flower store.



Guestbook

A candle was lit in memory of Larry "Lonzo" Jones

David Dunham Aug 2 2022 2:41 PM

Rest In Peace sweet friend.

Gayle Greene Jerica & Amity Jul 15 2022 6:17 PM

I am saddened to hear about Larry, we lived next door to the Jones family when I was a kid in the 1960's. Larry was like family. He would visit us and I would visit them frequently. We went to the movie theaters a lot together as kids. He was a really good person and will be missed.

Mark Galyon Jul 15 2022 11:27 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry "Lonzo" Jones

Rita Overbey Jul 14 2022 10:04 AM

Tammy I am so sorry for your loss you are In my prayers

Karen Cox Jul 14 2022 2:24 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of yet another great cousin. I have many fond memories of Larry when I lived and worked in Kingsport.

Areatha Bruner Powers Jul 13 2022 9:09 PM

Larry and I sat together in the southeast section of Neyland Stadium for our first live Tennessee Football game on Nov 11, 1961. The Vols beat Georgia Tech 10-6. I remember it like yesterday. My Mom & Dad (Raymond & Kate Galyon) took Larry and I along with two extra tickets. Fond memories.
Revelation 1:4 " ... He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be death; there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, or crying, or pain ...."

Mike Galyon Jul 13 2022 5:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry "Lonzo" Jones

Amy Tiebout Jul 13 2022 4:58 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry "Lonzo" Jones

Dennis Fultz Jul 12 2022 10:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry "Lonzo" Jones

Holly Henderson Jul 12 2022 10:10 PM

Show More Entries