1924 - 2015
Grandpa & Ramona Jones
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Ramona
Jones, old time fiddler, vocalist, traditional country music
entertainer, and wife of the late Grandpa Jones. She was
91 years of age.
Born Ramona Riggins in Van Buren, Indiana in 1924, she was part
of the first generation of Grand Ole Opry performers beginning
shortly after she met and married Jones in 1946. The two were
performing together on a radio show in Cincinnati when they met,
and continued working together professionally with Grandpa (Louis
Marshall Jones) often taking the top billing.
In 1969, they signed on to be featured artists on the new Hee
Haw television program for CBS. Though it only ran for three
years on the network, Hee Haw was hugely popular in syndication
for the next 20 years, bringing down home humor and traditional
country music to homes across the nation.
Ramona played fiddle, guitar, and mandolin on shows with her
husband, and they often sang duets. Perhaps their biggest bit
was their Bells routine where Grandpa and Ramona would strap cowbells
to their feet and hands and use them to play familiar melodies.
In this, and many other skits, Grandpa would joke and play the
fool while Ramona maintained a dignified presence on stage.
She is remembered as a fine old time fiddler and proponent of
the mountain and hillbilly music that characterized early commercial