HAZARD — Chester Jones has passed away after enduring a brave battle against cancer. Jones was a well known community advocate, political leader and entrepreneur, with an engaging personality that many Southeast Kentucky citizens embraced. As the owner of King’s Pizza in the Hazard Village Shopping Center, Jones earned his nickname, “The Pizza Man.” Seldom did a public event occur without Jones there, catering to the people regardless of the weather conditions.
Chester Jones’s political career spanned long enough to touch the terms of seven presidents. Jones’s political credentials include time spent as the Chairman of the Perry County Democratic Party, plus an elected position as State Representative and an impressive tenure as Perry County Circuit Court Clerk, which is the position he was first elected to fulfill in 1975 and he successfully held for a quarter of a century thereafter.
Shortly after the announcement of Chester Jones’s passing was released publicly, folks began sharing their condolences and memories of Jones on social media. Neither his lengthy career as an elected official, nor his clever endeavors as a businessman, were the aspect of Chester Jones’s life that the majority of his friends praised the most. More than anything else, people said they were going to miss talking with Chester and seeing him throughout the area.
This is the obituary announcement for Chester Jones, published on April 9 by Engle-Bowling Funeral Home. The following information includes the times for the visitation and the funeral.
Mr. Chester Jones born April 27, 1944 departed this life on April 7 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, being 71 years, 11 months, and 10 days old. Chester was born in Perry County the Son of the late Ishford Jones and Mable Rye Jones. Other than his parents, Chester was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Wallace Napier. Chester was a 1963 graduate of M.C. Napier High School, and later went to Sue Bennett College, where he played basketball, and Union College also. He was a teacher and basketball coach at Combs Elementary School, a Kentucky State Representative for two years and Circuit Court Clerk for many years, serving from 1975 to 2000. He taught one year at M.C. Napier High School, and also Combs Grade School, plus Summer School at Buckhorn. In recent years Chester was known as the Pizza Man by many, having owned several pizza locations. He never saw a stranger and was an extremely generous man, always thankful for his friends and family. He always expressed his gratitude with “I appreciate you.” Chester was a Member of the Berea Church of Christ.
Mr. Chester Jones leaves the following relatives surviving: Sister, Linda Jones of Berea; Nephew, Brad Napier of Berea; Niece, Beverly Gaylord and Sam of Louisville; Great-Nephew, Will Napier of London, and a host of other relatives and friends survive.
Funeral Services for Mr. Chester Jones will be conducted Sunday April 10 at 3:00 p.m. at the Engle-Bowling Funeral Home on East Main Street with John Delpont and Scott Pena officiating. The Interment will follow in the Jones Family Cemetery located at Lost Creek. The Visitation will be at the Engle-Bowling Funeral Home on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Kentucky. Engle-Bowling Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Chester Jones will be missed by his family and his friends of all ages in Perry County and beyond.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.