Melvin “The Harmonica Man” Jones Sr.
Melvin Jones Sr.
Marital Status: Married to Georgia (Thomas) Jones for over 57 years.
Children: Four children include Melvin Jr., Eleanor (married to Maurice), Marie, and Michael (married to Bobbie).
Occupation: Employed 45 years at Mead Cooperation in Chillicothe, OH
Military Service: United States Army. Active duty during the Korean War. Inducted into active service April 6, 1951.
Hobbies and Activities: Mr. Jones has been known over the years as the “Harmonica Man.” Entertaining many different occasions and groups of all ages, and travelled with Robert “Sonny” Harris to different nursing care facilities sharing their gifts and talents. Mr. Jones started a community outreach that helped transform many lives through the gift of music. He handed out thousands of free harmonicas to introduce kids to music, and there are many testimonies of how that act of kindness changed the outlook of life for many kids and young adults over the years. He was the lead story for a Chillicothe Gazette story called “The Harmonica Man.” He became even more well-known after the Gazette story.
Mr. Jones was also a master gardener and grew sunflowers as high as 15 feet tall. But he was best known for his cabbage plants that looked like flowers during the winter season. People would drive by his house regularly just to take a look and some would snap a picture of the beautiful flowers.
As a young man, Mr. Jones was also an award winning track and field athlete as well as being an avid swimmer on the diving team.