Christopher Jones

Christopher Dwayne Jones

SALISBURY - Christopher Dwayne Jones, 55, of Salisbury, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Born April 21, 1957, in Rowan County, he was the son of the late James B. and Hazel Peerce Jones. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and Salisbury High School.

Chris had a lifetime love of music which started at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and continued throughout his life. He played guitar and acoustic bass guitar; and his love of bluegrass was fostered by his Uncle Lonnie Peerce of bluegrass fame, who was founder of the Bluegrass Alliance.

Chris left Salisbury for a time and traveled out west, living and working primarily in and around Jackson Hole, Wyo., where he was a member of the band South Pass with his lifelong friend, Bobby Martin. Chris returned to Salisbury where he taught guitar lessons, played in numerous bands and performed in a number of productions at Piedmont Players Theater.

He is best known for owning several restaurants over the years, including the Blues Cafe;, The Coffee Cove and Cajun Sun. Chris was a familiar face in many Salisbury establishments over the years, cooking and bartending.

Chris met and married the love of his life, Rose, in 2004 and they opened the Blue Vine Wine Shop & Cafe; in 2006 marrying their interests of wine, food and music into what has become a Downtown Salisbury institution. Chris could be found filling multiple rolls there, especially in preparing for the food lunch service, Tuesday night wine-tasting dinners and numerous private functions. He was a familiar sight hanging out in front of "The Vine" reading his newspaper, sipping a beverage and watching the world go by between his duties, always keeping a close eye on things at night when crowds formed to enjoy the live music.

Chris never got to see the outpouring of love and support the Salisbury community extended to him, his wife and family over the past month. He would have been overwhelmed and probably embarrassed to see how very much people cared for him. He really had no idea the lives he touched or the difference he made. He was not famous, he had no great wealth or prestige, but he moved quietly through his life touching those lives around him with his humor, his kindness, his huge heart, his talent for cooking and his talent for making music. The harvest of his life was bountiful and now he can rest. There will be lots of great cookin' and great bluegrass up in heaven now.

Those left to cherish his memories are wife, Rose Meeks Jones of Salisbury; son Christopher Jones; brothers, James Jones (Nancy) of Granite Quarry and David Jones (Sandra) of Salisbury; sister, Marie Jones of Rock Hill, SC and many Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

Services: Memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at The Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., Salisbury, with the Rev. Steve Combs officiating. Following the service there will be a celebration of life at the Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St., Salisbury, NC 28144.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., Salisbury, 28144.

Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Jones family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

Lyerly Funeral Home
515 S. Main St. Salisbury, NC 28144
704-633-9031

Published in Salisbury Post on Oct. 23, 2012