BY LORIE LIEBIG Wide Open Country
Celebrated vocalist, fiddle player and renowned country music entertainer Ramona Jones has passed away.
The acclaimed fiddler and longtime Hee Haw performer died at the age of 91 in Goodlettsville, Tenn. In 1924, Jones was born in Van Buren, Ind. Years later, she met her first husband, future Country Music Hall of Fame member Grandpa Jones, while working on the Boone County Jamboree at Cincinnati radio station WLW.
The married couple performed alongside each other for many years before signing as performers on the now-classic television series Hee Haw in 1969. Although the series only produced new episodes for three years, the series aired in syndication for the next 25 years.
After Hee Haw, the Jones’ continued to perform together and recorded a long list of duets before Grandpa Jones’ death in 1998. As a solo artist, Ramona released many successful singles over the years and was celebrated for her incredible skills on the mandolin and fiddle, and her music which consistently featured an old-school, hillbilly country sound.
Jones is survived by her second husband, Reverend W. Eugene Gober, three children, two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are currently pending.