Iris June Jones Horton

Published 10:19 pm Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Iris June Jones Horton, age 82, of Donalsonville, Ga., passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Southeast Health in Dothan, Ala.

Funeral services for Mrs. Horton were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the chapel of Evans-Skipper Funeral Home with the Rev. Andy Merritt officiating. Interment followed in Salem-Seminole Baptist Church Cemetery with Willard Mims, Greg Mims, Clint Mims, J.R. McMillan, Ronnie Miller and Chris Thomas serving as active pallbearers. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Chapel of Evans-Skipper Funeral Home.

Mrs. Horton was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., on July 23, 1937, to Bender Jones and Mary Louise Morgan Jones. She was a waitress and of the Missionary Baptist faith. Mrs. Horton was a country music singer, having been the youngest member of the traveling Grand Ole Opry at the age of 13. She performed under the stage name of Honey Jones and had performed with artists such as Minnie Pearl and Slim Whitman. The last group she was a part of was Betty Martin and the Road Runners. Her favorite artist was Loretta Lynn.

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She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Gilbert Horton, of Donalsonville, Ga.; her daughter, Roxanne Lonski (Paul), of New London, N.C.; her son, Gilbert Horton Jr., of Donalsonville, Ga.; her sister, Anita Buchanan, of Portsmouth; and her grandchildren, Destiny Elizabeth Horton and Danielle Isabel Horton.

Mrs. Horton was preceded in death by her parents, Bender and Mary Louise Morgan Jones; her sister, Jennifer Parker; and her brothers, Freddie Jones and Micky Jones.

Arrangements entrusted to Evans-Skipper Funeral Home.