Ted Murray “Raggedy Man” Jones, 62, of Humboldt, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. He was born on January 5, 1960, at Fort Eustis, Virginia Military Hospital. Ted graduated high school in 1978 with honors from Old Hickory Academy (Jackson, TN) where he played basketball, was voted Most Talented, Class Favorite/Mr. OHA and was involved in many creative endeavors. He went on to study at the University of Dallas but proudly graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Music and Theology in 1999.
Ted was a songwriter, poet and Americana artist with several albums (via Dream Train Music and RM Music) to his credit. Creating music with his friends was his passion and he wrote “Strawberry Festival Parade” for his hometown of Humboldt, Tennessee. His music and love for adventure took him to many places, including Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, California, Arizona, Australia, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, and New York City – where he shared local cotton bolls with the city folks there. He also hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. A friend that met Ted at an International Study of Dreams conference was quoted as saying “Ted is a philanthropist whose gift to the world is fresh, clever, sublime interpretation of the joy, hope, pain and sorrow of life that each of us is familiar with.” Ted was baptized as a believer in Jesus Christ and was a quietly generous soul.
He is survived by his father, Winfred F (Ted) Jones, Jr. & stepmother, Cathey, and mother, Judy Murray Bowers; his brother, Robert Clayton Jones (Shelby) and sister, Julie Jones Tunnell (Brad); 3 nephews: Scott Tunnell, Fort Jones, and Mason Jones and 4 nieces: Mary Julia Tunnell Craft (Hudson), Millie Tunnell, Josie Tunnell, Bailey Tunnell and one great-niece, Elianna Craft as well as his Aunt Rena Jones Johnson and loving cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Mildred Warlick & Winfred F (Ted) Jones, Sr. and Virginia Curley & Robert Mason Murray as well as stepfather, Richard Jack Bowers. Ted also loved and was loved by many lifelong friends and was especially devoted to his 2 yorkies: Lil Bit and Darling.
The family will receive friends at Faith Community Church in Humboldt, Tennessee on Monday, June 27th, at 1:30 p.m. with services to follow at 3:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000-Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 or online at www.stjude.org, the Boys & Girls Clubs of NWTN, 1503 Osborne Street, Humboldt, TN 38343 or online at www.myboysgirls.clcub Humboldt Public Library 115 S. 16th Ave., Humboldt, TN 38343 or online at www.humboldtpublic.org, or West Tennessee Art Center, 1200 E. Main Street, Humboldt, TN or online at www.wtrac.tn.org.
Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305
731.668.1111 or www.arringtonfuneralgroup.com