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Joseph “Joey” Preston Jones, 60, of Savannah, Georgia, and husband of Audrey Lynn Carter Jones, died Sunday afternoon, May 2, 2021, in Redding, California.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of the late Putman Vance Jones and the late Patsy Able Jones. Joey was a graduate of Auburn University. He was a godly and gracious man, who served his family and the world humbly and generously. Joey possessed the amazing gift to build the ordinary into extraordinary. His love for his family was apparent and undeniable when he talked about the love of his life, Audrey Lynn, and their three children, Carter, Brit, and Kristi. Joey was a proud father who taught the importance of hard work and goodwill towards others. He never met a stranger, and he had a passion for making others’ dreams come true through acts of kindness. Joey was a provider for his family, companion to Max and Zeke, a loyal Braves and Bulldawg fan, an avid golfer, and an adventurous traveler. To say he will be missed is an understatement, as he truly made the world a better place. In honor of Joey, pay it forward. If you see a service member in uniform, treat them to a meal because that is exactly what he would do.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Audrey Lynn Carter Jones; children, Carter, Britain, and Kristi; brothers, Bryan Manna (Raychelle), Jack Jones (Abbie), Mark Jones (Donna), Chris Jones (Shea), Puttman Jones (Sabrina), and Everett Jones; brothers-in-law, Robert Carter, David Carter (Deb), Cole Carter (Marcie); sister-in-law, Melanie Rathbun (John); nieces and nephews, Dillon and Allie Rathbun, Kelly and Colby Jones, Jimmy Rank, Austin, Tyler, and Ryan Marrs, and Howell Carter; aunts, Janelle Barnes, Norma Canady, and Mary Garrison, and countless extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock Monday evening, May 10, 2021, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning, May 11, 2021, at White Bluff United Methodist Church, conducted by the Reverend Dr. Josh Duckworth. Private interment will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances: White Bluff United Methodist Church, Children and Youth Ministries – 11911 White Bluff Road, Savannah, Georgia 31419-1599.

Online Condolences

  1. Sandy Goddard says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God comforts you and your family during this difficult time. Joey is with God now and he’s soaring with the Angels.

  2. Renee Bowles says:

    One of the finest men I have ever known! Strong in his faith in our Lord. Love for his family and his multitude of friends. My deepest condolences to my sweet friend Audrey and Joe’s precious children Kristi, Carter and Britt. There is a new angel in heaven.

  3. Pam Strickland Epstein says:

    God bless Joey and all of his beautiful family! My prayers are certainly with you all. So many fond memories of this wonderful man! My heart is filled with sadness.
    God bless.

    Love. Pam.

  4. Robin Barnes Calderone says:

    My heart aches for Audrey and kids. Joey was one of the strongest, giving, uplifting and positive people. I’m so sorry.

  5. Chip Barabas says:

    I am so honored to have known Joey, to have served alongside him at White Bluff UMC, and to call him my friend. He was a living example of someone who sought “to act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
    I am praying fervently for Audrey, Kristi, Carter, and Britt. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Dale and Wanda Tanner says:

    Audrey, Carter, Britt and Kristi, we are truly heartbroken over the loss of our friend Joey. We were blessed to experience his skill and passion for building through the years. He was truly gifted with a vision for design that helped so many people create homes that brought so much enjoyment. Beyond that, he became a blessing to our sons, who enjoyed hanging out with him. We trusted him and loved connecting with him to hear the latest on how everyone was doing. His love for his family was incredible. He is with the Lord now, enjoying something we can’t imagine, waiting for you all to join him one day. We lift you up continually in prayer…for comfort and peace that can only come from our Heavenly Father. We love you all.

  7. Jimmy & Audrey Messex says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Audrey, the children, and family.
    We are all weeping the loss of our dear friend. Scripture states Jesus Wept, Jesus felt and understood the pain and loss and wept for his friend too.
    In remembering Joe I think of
    Proverbs 17:17
    Joe amplified and lived this scripture and we are so fortunate to be called his friend.
    May God bless and keep you.

  8. Leigh Harris says:

    My deep sympathy to Audrey and family. You are in our prayers. Joey was an amazing Christian man taken way too young. I wish words could express my sorrow.

  9. jennifer Jo Waters says:

    Audrey Lynn, Carter, Britt and Kristi, my heart absolutely broke when I heard the news about Joe. He has always been such a wonderful friend and mentor to me. I can’t imagine renovating houses without having joe to call for advice, encouragement or just his kind words. I was so very blessed to know him for over a decade…it is difficult to imagine a future without him! My sincerest condolences for your unimaginable loss!

  10. Gail & Jerry Thomas says:

    Audrey, Carter, Britt and Kristi please know that we are thinking about you and praying for you. Joey was such a sweet man, kind to everyone we are so sorry for this overwhelming loss. God bless you all.

  11. Al and Debbie Hudgins says:

    Audrey and kids: we are so shocked and saddened to hear of Joey’s accident and death. We cannot imagine what you are going through. Please know we are with you in prayer and spirit and are sending our love and hugs during this very sad time. He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Christian and Friend to so very many. We will miss him so much. We will continue to pray for you every day. Love and hugs to you right now, Al and Debbie Hudgins

  12. Simeon and Cheryl Bynes says:

    Audrey and the Family we are so sorry about your loss.He was a great man and he will be missed all are in our prayers and thoughts.

  13. Cami Gharakhani says:

    Audrey, our deepest sympathies to you and the children for the loss of Joey. We were shocked to learn of his unexpected passing. You’re in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    We’re here for you – Cami and Vanik

  14. Karen Oliver says:

    Audrey , And family
    May God keep His loving arms around all of you at this time and always . And know the memories will keep Joe in your hearts forever. Until you meet again .
    A wonderful man that loved all of you with all his being. I’ll miss the talks we had when he came in the office. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Karen Gaddy says:

    Audrey, Carter, Britt, Kristi, I am so sorry for the loss of Joey. He was such a kind, caring, and giving person. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.

  16. Putman Jones says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of a great guy. Such a great brother. Our condolences are sent with prayers and wishes for the best of your family. Will miss him so much.

  17. Debbie Hudgins says:

    We are heartbroken to learn of Joe’s death. Al and I just cannot believe we won’t see him behind us in church again until we are all in Heaven worshipping together! Audrey and kids – we cannot even imagine the loss and hurt and pain you are suffering at this sad time. Please know we are praying for you daily and for peace and comfort during your grief. He was a wonderful Christian and lived out his faith in Jesus Christ every day. He will be so missed in this world but the Angels are going to be having a better day each day with Joey there – there will be lots more laughter in Heaven from now own! Love and hugs, Al and Debbie Hudgins (War Eagle, Joey!)

  18. Amy and Jim Reynolds says:

    We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. We wish we could alleviate the terrible pain and loss we know you feel. Our love is with you all.

  19. Lu Perkins says:

    When I grow up I want to be like Joey Jones. He was kind to everyone. He made a daily impact on someone’s life everyday. There was no hate or bitterness in Joey! Just love. He was a friend’s friend. He would give you his last dollar and was always there to support and help anyone in need. He loved the Lord and he shared that with everyone. He saw God’s blessings everyday. He was in awe of what God did for him. I never heard him say a bad thing about anyone. He had no time for negativity. He worked hard for what he had but he gave to others along the way. He loved Audrey and his children with all his heart and soul. When he walked in a room his presence was known and people were drawn to his infectious personality. I am praying for you Audrey and the children. We all could learn a lot by studying Joey’s life.

  20. Brandon & Kimberly Beachum says:


    I am truly saddened to hear about this. Our deepest sympathy to you and
    your family during this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

  21. Beverly and Pete Vasta says:

    Audrey and family, we were so shocked to hear of Joey’s accident. I cannot imagine your pain. I always enjoyed Joey in Sunday School, he always had something to say. Joey was a wonderful christian who lived what he believed. He never had anything unkind to say about anyone (except whoever stole his trailer). Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Remember only God knows your pain, give it to Him. Love you.

  22. Doug Burford says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Joey’s family. I will miss playing golf with him at Bacon Park.

  23. Thomas W Parrish says:

    So very sorry. I enjoyed playing with and against Joey on the softball diamond for years. He was a friend and a great guy. My condolences to his family.

  24. Mitzi Dupree says:

    Audrey – I am so sorry and saddened to hear about the loss of your dear soulmate Joey! He was a very fine man, husband and father. My thoughts and prayers are with you Carter, Britt and Kristi – He loved each of you very much – as do I! Praying for Peace and comfort for each of you during this difficult time.

  25. Wayne and Sharon Moseley says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  26. Myra Howard says:

    My deepest sympathy for you and your family
    During this most difficult time our prayers are with you.

  27. Mollie Phillips says:

    Audrey-I am so very sorry to hear of Joey’s accident and your loss. Just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  28. Jennie Carlson says:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I did not know your husband, but was first on the scene when he passed. I did all I could but was unable to help. We prayed over him before paramedics arrived and I felt the presence of God there with him. I pray for you daily and and pray God is there comforting you as you grieve such a tremendous loss. My deepest condolences ❤️

  29. David Williams says:

    Audrey I was so sad to hear about my friend. I will miss him very much and never forget hI’m. I remember playing ball with Joey and Jack on a little piece of asphalt road next to their house, we had something that no one else had .Most of all we had each other. Those were the days!! I am praying for you and your family, May God comfort you all during this sad time It is very hard for me to say just how much he meant to me.

  30. Chris and Charlie Matzen says:

    Audrey, Carter, Britt, and Kristi please know you have been in our prayers this week after hearing of Joey’s tragic accident. Joey was a witness to all through his daily walk and his strong belief in God. We know that he loved each of you and pray that you will find comfort in your memories. He was a good person and a faithful Christian. In time, you all will see him again. Peace and love to you all.
    Chris and Charlie Matzen

  31. Janice Purvis says:

    Audrey, Carter, Britt and Kristi I am so sorry for your loss. May the peace of God comfort you doing these trying times. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

  32. Rev. G. Lois Harn Caster says:

    May the Lord of grace, peace, hope, and love surround your family with a knowledge of knowing that He is there with you during this hour of grief. God is and will always comfort you as you have had to go down this valley, His hands of light and peace will shine upon you and constantly hold you so tight. The mighty shield of His armor will protect you from all harm and guide your steps as you continue to be the bearer that Joey lead you all to be. Be Christ each and every day! Be Jesus as you are His children!

  33. Rock Reed says:

    Audrey, May Gods perfect peace meet with you each morning as you walk through the days ahead! Joey and have been friends since high school. Joey helped me build SkyLex Court . He was amazing and we will miss him . Rock Reed

  34. Sandy Mazzolini says:

    Audrey, Kristi, Carter and Brit,
    My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Although I didn’t know Joey well, it was obvious that he loved life to the fullest. That beautiful quality carried throughout your family! I know he will be missed greatly, but he lives on in each of you. Love to you all.
    Sandy Mazzolini

  35. Bryan Manna says:

    Rachelle and I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers of comfort and solace from our Lord are with you and your children. Joey was a good and upright man who lived every day to be the man God wanted him to be. Although he is no longer with us, he will always be in our hearts.
    Bryan & Rachelle Manna

  36. Kym McCarty says:

    Audrey, I’m so very sorry for your great loss. I did not have the privilege of meeting Joey, but I remember you speaking very highly of him, which made me instantly like a man I didn’t even know. I’m praying for you and your sweet family. My heart is with you.

  37. Jane Anderson Harn says:

    Audrey I was so shocked to hear about Joey, I am so so sorry for your and the kids loss. Knowing Joey made me a better person I can only imagine how he made others feel the same way. He was a good friend to Richard and I and upon visiting Sav’h I always looked forward to seeing him. Never a dull moment and laughter was always heard coming from him. I hope you find solace in knowing he is with the Lord and find comfort in knowing that. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers and please take care of yourself, your children, Max and Zeke.
    Sincerely Jane

  38. Gail & Tommy Tuten says:

    Audrey, Carter, Britt, and Kristi, Our Thoughts & Prayers go out to each of you during this very difficult time. We just heard of this today. Praying for Strength & Peace for y’all.

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