After graduating from Linton-Stockton High School, Jones worked for Peabody Coal Company until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of United Mine Workers Local #1410 and was a union officer for many years.
He graduated summa cum laude from Vincennes University in 2001 with an associate's degree in business management. He also served as VU's golf coach.
In 2001, Jones received an Indiana Award for Excellence for his academic and leadership accomplishments.
An avid and accomplished golfer, Jones was a six-time Greene County Golf Open Champion -- winning the crown in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1999 and 2001.
Awards have been many for Jones who was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by former Gov. Joe Kernan. He's been the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Linton Elks as well as Linton Civitan.
Jones has served as a member of the Legislative Committee of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) and on a number of local government and economic development boards. He has served as chairman of the Utilities and Telecommunications Committee for IACT as well as serving on its executive board of directors and Legislative Committee. He was on the board of directors for Southern Indiana Development Committee and the Greene County Economic Development Corporation's board of directors, was formerly on the Greene County Solid Waste Management Board, and Greene County Community Corrections Board. He was serving as the current president of the Indiana Conference of Mayors.
Tom was instrumental in establishing the Linton Music Fest, spent many years with the youth of Linton at the Teen Scene and with the summer softball league and high school golf team.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Rotary, and Chamber of Commerce, all of Linton.
He co-owned and operated the Linton Sporting Goods with his wife, Patti. He served as the Linton Mayor for two terms, from 2004 to the present. He was very passionate about everything in which he was involved.
Survivors include his wife, Patti J. (Berry) Jones, to whom he was married Oct. 4, 1985; four daughters, Jodi (Arthur) Vasquez of Pasadena, TX, Jill (Todd) Tucker of Lafayette, Tomi Lynn (Cain) Cooksey of Linton, and Lauren Jones of Linton; a sister, Lynn C. (Jack) Sparks of Columbus; and five grandchildren, Elena, Peyton, Garrett, Gavin, & Grant. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 7, at the Linton First Baptist Church, 1950 East State Highway 54, Rev. Jim Cooper officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Linton.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Sunday at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home, 140 E. Vincennes St., in Linton, and 9 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the church.
The family has requested that contributions be made to the Mayor Tom Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.welchcornett.com.