Garry Lee Jones


Garry Jones, a sports photojournalist and Associated Press freelancer, died Jan. 3 at Baptist Health Floyd Hospital in New Albany after suffering a heart attack on Dec. 30 at his home in New Albany. He was 64.
Garry Lee Jones was born April 17, 1954, to the late William Ray Jones and Juanita Hanger Jones, and spent most of his life in his Clarksville home town. He was a member of Howard Park Christian Church, a 1972 graduate of Clarksville High School and attended Indiana University.
In the 1970s, Jones was a correspondent for the Louisville Times and Courier-Journal, specializing in southern Indiana high school sports. He later was sports editor of the New Albany Tribune and Jeffersonville Evening News, and was assistant editor and advertising director of Scorecard, a Falsoft publication about University of Louisville athletics.
A scan of the more than 6,000 photos on the AP Images site shows that Jones captured great moments in history, from American Pharoah's Triple Crown races to a "bout" with Muhammad Ali. He photographed a First Lady (Laura Bush), celebrities, tornado damage, NASCAR and NCAA championship games.
Jones also was an accredited Indiana High School Athletic Association official, umpiring softball and volleyball games.
For the past four years, Jones worked for Bellarmine University's sports information office, covering nearly every Knights home game. In a sentiment echoed throughout the area's sports venues, Bellarmine Sports Information Director John Spugnardi said Jones "was always a friendly, positive presence on game days. Seemingly in a perpetual good mood, Garry ... possessed a warm chuckle that immediately befriended anyone he came into contact with."
In the thoroughbred racing community, Jones was known for his generosity and willingness to extend a helping hand to his fellow photographers.
Services will be on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Howard Park Christian Church, 450 W Norwood Ave., in Clarksville. A memorial service is planned for March.
Published on January 11, 2019
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