Ramona Jones, Fiddler and ‘Hee Haw’ Cast Member, Dead at 91
Fiddler and former Hee Haw cast member Ramona Jones has died. She passed away on Tuesday (Nov. 17), at the age of 91, in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Jones (nee Ramona Riggins) was born in Van Buren, Ind., in 1924. She learned how to play the fiddle from her father and won several amateur fiddling contests while in high school. Jones also taught herself how to play several other string instruments, including the guitar and the mandolin.
The musician and her first husband, the late Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones, met at Cincinnati's WLW radio station, got married in 1946 (they were together for 52 years, until his death in 1998) and moved to Nashville in 1947, the same year that Ramona Jones made her solo Grand Ole Opry debut.
Jones recorded both duets with her husband and solo singles and albums throughout her career. Together, the Joneses performed across the globe, touring U.S. military bases in Austria, Germany and Italy and performing for servicemembers during the Korean War. They were regulars on the TV show Town and Country Time in the mid-1950s and were part of the Hee Haw cast from the show's debut in 1969.
Ramona Jones is survived by her husband, Rev. W. Eugene Gober, as well as her three children, two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. The Boot extends our condolences to her loved ones.
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