GAHANNA — Talbert Stevens “Steve” Jones, 86, died at his home in Gahanna, Ohio, on March 12, 2011.
He was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio, to the late Harry L. and Tina Stevens Jones. Steve was a graduate of Lash High School in Zanesville, Ohio. He was a founding board member of Southwest Mental Health Center (now known as Netcare Inc.) in Columbus, Ohio, and was a charter member of the Ohio Alcoholism Counselors Certification Board. He was employed by the Columbus Health Department as supervisor of the alcoholism rehabilitation program at the Columbus Workhouse. Steve also implemented and supervised the Department’s Public Inebriate Program which provided emergency street teams to handle chronic public inebriates. From 1976 until his retirement in l989, he worked at Netcare as an alcoholism specialist and crisis center counselor. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Steve was also a faithful member of the Poindexter Group of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1957.
He is survived by his loving wife and caregiver, Karen Thompson Jones, whom he married on June 1, 1974; sons, Michael (Tressia) Jones, Talbert Jr. (Bettie) Jones, Martin C. (Teresa), Jones and Larry (Brenda) Craig; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Bette Logan; brother, Harry E. Jones; Karen’s sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Armand Palazzolo, and their daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Manish Jain; Karen’s sister, Kay Culbertson, and her son, Andrew Weber, and daughter, Michelle Hartman, and her sons, William and Christopher Hartman. Many nieces, nephews and friends also survive.
Daughter, Tina Jones Ellis; grandson, Talbert S. Jones III; brothers, Paul Jones and Virgil Lewis; Karen’s parents, Harlan and Goldie Thompson; Kay’s husband, William Culbertson; and their daughter, Aubrey Culbertson, predeceased him.
Memorial service on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., where the family will receive friends one hour prior to start of service. Contributions in remembrance of Steve may be made to COGF, 100 W. Third Av., Columbus, OH 43201. “Easy does it.”
Arrangements by Gary Memorial Chapel, 867 South James Road, Columbus, OH 43227, Director David Gary. View photo tribute at www.garymemorialchapel.com.