COLUMBIA– Samuel Bennett Jones’s life was always full of music. Whether he was researching the perfect audio system setup, working at his business, Pure Audio, or listening to 1970s rock, music made him happy.
“He had a knack for discovering bands before they were famous,” his wife, Susan Jones, said. “He would know if they were going to be big, and he was always right.”
A young Bruce Springsteen was one of his favorite early discoveries. Springsteen continued to be a favorite throughout his life and was the last concert he saw with his wife.
Mr. Jones died from complications associated with melanoma on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at his home in Columbia. He was 56.
Mr. Jones was born Jan. 3, 1957, in Brookfield. He spent his childhood in Linneus. He met his wife when he was in sixth grade and she was in fourth grade. The relationship blossomed and they were married years later on Dec. 23, 1978.
“We didn’t need a lot of entertainment, being together was enough entertainment for us,” Susan Jones said.
Mr. Jones graduated from Linn County R-1 High School in 1975 and later earned a bachelor's degree in business from Columbia College. He spent time working with the University Physicians at MU and Boone County Hospital in the business and finance departments. In 2007 he opened Pure Audio, the audio and video store he had always dreamed of, with business partner Travis Huff.
“He had a wonderful ear for hearing the nuances in the music,” said Huff. “He would just sit down and close his eyes and listen to the music.”
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Susan (Knifong) Jones; his daugher Hillary Claunch and her, husband, Jeremy of Columbia; his son Ryland Jones of Columbia; his parents George and Kathleen Jones of Blue Springs; three siblings, Thomas Jones of Blue Springs, Edward Jones and his wife, Jerry, of Casper, Wyo., and Diana Jones of Columbia; two brothers-in-law, Dyle and his wife, Debbie, of Canon City, Colo., and Terrill and his wife, Tanya, of Buffalo, Wyo.; and a sister-in-law, Rinda and her husband, Dan, of Las Vegas.
Mr. Jones' grandparents, Noel and Florence Jones and Harry and Lucille Noland; an aunt, Helen McClanahan; a cousin Stanley McClanahan; and his wife’s parents, Stillman and Louise Knifong, died earlier.
Visitation will be held at Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge Road, on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday at the same location.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ryland Jones College Fund, care of Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.
Tributes can be posted at bachyager.com.