James Samuel Jones, Jr.

James Jones
James Jones

James Jones, age 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Hennepin County Medical Center following a brief illness. James was surrounded by his loving family.

James was a retired car salesman of 30-plus years and is best known as “the car man” and “the tallest salesman on 494.” James worked for most of the car dealerships in the Twin Cities area, most notably at Airlake Ford and Farmington Ford.

James never turned off from being a car salesman. He could tell you anything and everything about cars and always tried to sell a car to everyone he met no matter who you were. James was a man of many interests and loved to read. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Timberwolves and Gophers. His daily routine included watching all the sports talk shows and basketball, football, tennis and golf games. He most enjoyed calling his son Samuel and debating about sports.

James is loved by all his family, especially his nieces and nephews. He was notorious for showing up at many family events with his sense of humor and quick wit. Each one remembers him in their own special way, especially encouraging them to pursue higher education and athletic dreams.

He never missed an opportunity to take a photo with his siblings and other family members. At every family event he always made his “famous baked beans” and always wanted to know, “Did you taste the beans yet?”

His greatest joy in life was his wife Debra of 44 years and son Samuel, whom he loved to talk about often. When Samuel was born he was so happy and proud. He never lost his enthusiasm talking about Samuel and bragging on his accomplishments.  He really loved his family.

Homegoing services will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 217 Mackubin Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104. Reviewal will be from 11 am to 12 pm with services immediately following. Burial will be at Elmhurst Cemetery, 1510 Dale St. No., St. Paul.

Please send flowers and cards in care of James Jones’ family to Billman Hunt Funeral Chapel, 2701 Central Ave. N.E., Mpls, MN 55418