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Robert “Earl” Stephens

April 22, 1943 ~ September 17, 2020

Services will be held: September 20, 2020

Lisa Penny Taylor

June 30, 1951 ~ September 15, 2020

Services will be held:

Archie Cairns Miller

October 28, 1930 ~ September 15, 2020

Services will be held:

MSgt. Roger Lee Teasley, USAF (Ret.)

February 8, 1949 ~ August 27, 2020

Services will be held: September 18, 2020

James Keith Partin

April 11, 1957 ~ September 15, 2020

Services will be held:

Rosemarie Perrotta

July 15, 1940 ~ September 14, 2020

Services will be held: September 21, 2020

Gerald Owen Patterson

October 2, 1940 ~ September 10, 2020

Services will be held: September 15, 2020

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Willard Ray Owen

October 8, 1934 ~ September 13, 2020

Services will be held:

Jeffrey Mason Jones

09/24/1976 ~ 09/27/2018

Jeffrey Mason Jones, 42, died Thursday at Wake Med in Raleigh. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1994.

Jeff was a chess instructor at Triangle Chess Center and for numerous private students and was a member of the North Carolina Chess Association for which he served in several offices and the US Chess Foundation. Jeff had an expert chess player ranking and loved sharing his skill and joy of chess with hundreds of young students in the Triangle Area.

Jeff is survived by his parents Roger and Sharron Jones and brother, Curtis W. Jones all of Garner.

The family will receive friends at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heart Failure Society of America hfsa.org.



7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
1200 Benson Road Garner, North Carolina



  1. Don and Margaret Jerman

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

  2. Steve & Ann Doerrer

    Our hearts go out to everyone. Jeff was an interesting fellow and wonderful conversationalist. Lots of topics interested him and I enjoyed our current events & political chats. Our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

  3. Heather Branham

    Heartfelt sympathies. May you be comforted by the love of friends & family and strengthen by your faith.

  4. Susan Tesreau

    I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can comfort you at this time, but I pray that you find solace in your memories and the people around you.

  5. Beth & Luke Manns

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. He was a great chess coach to Luke. He will always remember Coach Pig as his first chess coach and will carry him in his heart.

  6. Matt Embler

    Jeff was a great person to be around. I loved the way he played chess and shared his enthusiasm for the game. He was very selfless. A few years back, I played the best move of my chess career, and Jeff saw this. He recognized my move, got up from his game he was playing, and congratulated me. It was in that moment that I realized this man was different because he truly cared about the well-being of those around him. Jeff loved to see his students and those around him succeed. I will miss Jeff and so will the rest of the chess community. RIP brother

  7. Larry & Lucille Trent

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms tightly around you and hold you close during this difficult time. Prayers you will find peace knowing he is in a better place

  8. Janet Ferrell

    My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  9. Justin B. Lockett

    Jeff Jones was a remarkable chess talent and an even more remarkable man. I have had the pleasure of working with him and directing chess tournaments with him for the past three years. I’ll never forget our time together.

    -Justin B. Lockett

  10. Chacha Nugroho

    Jeff and I worked together in several chess tournament. Started with his Big Enchilada, Thanksgiving FIDE, North Carolina K-12 Championships, NC Open and US Masters. He was nice guy, great tournament director, and good friend to me. His last chess rated game was broadcasted from Triangle Chess by me. We had small conversation about his health. I never thought it would be our last talking with him. You will be missed Jeff. Let’s see if I can continue your Year Ticks idea to be your signature tournament. Rest in peace my friend.

  11. Tom Hales

    Jeff Jones had a profound and and lasting impact on the North Carolina Chess Community. He was one of a handful who always managed to give back more than he took. His commitment to NC Chess was unwavering, and he served in many capacities.

    Jeff’s legacy will live on with tournaments like the TACO, which was recently brought back to Raleigh. Many of us who worked along side of him will carry his memory in our hearts as we move forward.

    Deepest sympathy to his family in this time of loss.

  12. George Landis

    Words can’t express the sorrow I feel at this very sad time. My heart breaks as I know what a special soul he is. May Jeff find comfort as we celebrate the life he lived.

  13. Doan Family

    Our deepest condolences. He not only taught our children chess, but taught them how to be good people.

  14. Janet DeSpain Brotherson

    Roger and Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss! Praying for you and your family.

  15. Gary Maltzman

    So sorry for your loss.
    I worked with Jeff on chess tournaments for about 20 years. I know he really loved working with kids. I remember on several occasions where we had not seen each other for a while and the first thing he would want to do is to show me part of game of one of his students.
    RIP Jeff (Coach Pig)

  16. Dianne Cantoni

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest sympathy and warm hugs.

  17. Evan Whittington

    Sending my deepest condolences.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff as he was getting started in chess. From the beginning, it was clear that he was going to be an organizer and promoter of the game. Not only was he a great player, coach, administrator and TD, but he was one of the kindest and most generous friends I’ve ever had the pleasure to have known.

    He will be missed!

  18. Marion Bhatt

    I am so sorry. Jeff was a very special person. He taught in a manner that really tried to reach every student in a caring way. He shared his knowledge freely and I learned a lot from him. Your family is in my thoughts daily.

  19. John Fedorjaka

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jeff sincerely cared for his students in the chess community, and will be missed by all that knew him.

  20. Derek Miller

    Thanks for teaching kids chess, a game that we will enjoy all our lives.

  21. Huiling Ding

    My deepest condolences for your loss. Coach Pig will be remembered as a warm, genuine, and creative chess coach who worked great with chess students in RTP. His lessons about chess strategies were both well planned and presented in an accessible and fun way to kids. In addition, he took great care to arouse and maintain interest in chess from all his students.

    He will be dearly missed by students and parents who love chess!

  22. Sankar Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences. My kids were taught by Jeff (Coach Pig) at their school chess club and during summer camps. May you find solace in your memories of Jeff and the love of your family and friends.

  23. Hua Zhou

    My son Kerry took his first chess lessons with Coach Pig. Jeff’s genuine love of chess is a priceless, lifetime gift to his students. He will be missed by Kerry and all of us.

    From Irvine, California

  24. Jeremy Lingnenfelser

    An excellent life long friend. I will fondly remember our many high school chess games and later enjoying NC Hurricane hockey games. He was taken from us too soon. He will be missed.

  25. The Owens Family

    Our deepest condolences for your loss–our loss. His generosity and kindness will be missed.

  26. Eugene Cloete

    Thank you Jeff for your dedication throughout the years. You will be missed.

  27. Benjamin Family

    We are so sorry for your loss and it is a really sad news to all of the kids who enjoyed his chess lessons and benefit from his caring and enlightening in chess.
    He will be missed by all of us.

  28. Erica Harper

    I am so sorry for your loss. Death is such a difficult experience in life, especially when it occurs to someone so young. We all look forward to the time when we can say with confidence, “Death is swallowed up forever. Death, where is your victory? Death where is your sting?” ( 1 Corinthians 15: 54,55)

  29. Diane Byrd

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know you were so proud of Jeff. His dedication to sharing his love and his knowledge of chess with others was a huge source of joy. He will be missed by family, friends and the chess community at large. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Muralee Prabhu

    Jeff was my son Naveen’s chess coach for last 2 years. Under Jeff’s regular coaching, Naveen added 500+ rating points. Shortly after Naveen’s ratings blew past that of Jeff’s own, he was kind enough to suggest to look for another coach. I recommended to continue as long as he thought he can contribute. He did and I remember he was so excited the day Naveen won the NC state championship under the K-8 section.

    And after every private chess lesson, Jeff and I used to talk for several minutes on our driveway. Topics range from chess moves, Lyft vs Uber, Poker, driverless cars… list goes on. Last lesson was on July 23, that I clearly remember when Jeff mentioning that his pacemaker battery has about 2 months charge left and he was planning to replace it soon. He wished best be luck to Naveen for the upcoming Barber chess tournament that weekend. And he left all of us on 9/27 which happens to be Naveen’s birthday.

    It’s a huge loss for us personally as well as the NC chess community in general. Rest in peace, you will be missed!

  31. Samy Subramanian

    You left chess legacy and inspired many kids. Rest in Peace

  32. Ann & Jimmy Jones

    Sharron, Roger & Curtis,
    We are so sad to learn of the death of your dear Jeff and we know that you and your family have sustained a great loss that we cannot even imagine. Jeff was blessed to be loved by such a caring family. His love that’s left behind will last forever and I’m sure that you will continue to see his “footprints” as you keep him in your heart.
    Our Deepest Sympathy,

  33. Jennifer & Megan

    We are sorry for your loss and Coach Pig will be greatly missed. Megan started learning and loving chess just a couple of years ago, and Jeff will be remembered fondly. Sending you hugs

  34. NM Leland Fuerstman

    May he rest in peace.

  35. Anna A

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Jeff was my son’s coach. My son loved those lessons and respected Coah Pig very much. Jeff was a great person. I loved to talk with him and I wish I had a chance to know him better. We miss him.

  36. Geeta Durbha

    Jeff had a lasting impact on our family. He was a generous and kind man, who taught the kids not just chess but many life lessons. The kids still keep the dream catcher he gifted them in their room and have great memories of their interactions with Jeff. We miss him!

  37. Sravan G

    I met Jeff few times at Triangle Chess. He was very humble.
    RIP Jeff.

  38. Sai Khushal

    I met Coach Pig at Traingle chess center, very friendly, miss you Coach Pig


    Jeff did so much to promote chess, especially with the kids. Sincere sympathy to his family, students, and friends.

  40. Milton James Kicklighter

    I knew Jeff from my days playing chess and opening what used to be called the Raleigh Chess Club. Jeff was a very humble and gracious man, a real workman who contributed so much to others. I am personally very grateful for his help with the club, though he was an encouragement all the years I knew him. Jeff is one of the reasons I look back on my time playing chess with fondness. You are missed.

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