Barry James Jones III
1994 — 2013
Barry James Jones III, also known as BJ, passed away on Aug. 23, in Tehachapi. He was 18 years old at the time of his death.
Barry was born on Dec. 2, 1994, in Pomona, to Debra and Barry James Jones II. Barry was a “First Team All-League Full Back” for Kern County. He was a graduate of Tehachapi High School with a GPA of 3.83.
Barry wrote and sang his own, self-styled music. He enjoyed spending time with his dad as they went dirt biking, golfing, watched the Pittsburgh Steelers football games and just hung out together with family and friends. He loved sports and he played Little League baseball and basketball at Tehachapi Parks and Rec, along with Jacobsen Middle School and Tehachapi High School. He was on the Tehachapi High School track team and played football for Tehachapi Youth Football and Tehachapi High School.
Barry is survived by his father, Barry Jones II; mother, Debra Jones; sister, Amber Jones; brother, Eric Jones; grandfather, Papa Dave Jones; niece, Serenity Scott; nephew, Cash Adams; uncles, Eric Jones, Damen Messman, and Wolfgang Shadduck; aunts, Marlana Jones, Michelle Vance, Kathy Simpkins, and Heidi Shadduck; and true love, Jenea Schlais.
Barry’s funeral service was held at the Tehachapi Mountain Vineyard Church, and was officiated by Pastor Barry Galloway. The speakers included Coach Steve Denman, Pastor Scott Smith, Manny Gonzalez, and Ricky and Rick Torres. The pallbearers were Eric Jones, Ricky Torres, Jenea Schlais, Sam Rae, Jose Mesa, and Gabe Reyes. He was laid to rest at Tehachapi Public Cemetery, Eastside.
Dad Barry has a fond memory of his son where Lil Barry would text and ask, “Are you on your way home dad?” Barry would reply, “I’m on my way son.” Sure enough, Barry would walk in the front door and announce, “Son, I’m home,” to which there was rarely a reply. Barry would go about his normal routine of getting home, like turning on the TV or pulling something out of the fridge for dinner, when Lil Barry would jump out and scare the less than lovely vocabulary right out of Barry! Lil Barry would get him every time because he would always hide in a different place!
Dad Barry cannot express with words the deep and profound love and support that has come from all the friends in this community! The impact of everyone’s concern is truly heartfelt, and your generosity is beyond measure.
"Thank you for honoring my son, Barry James III!"
Wood Family Funeral Service was entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.