1994 Laureates

John M. Jones

A native of Sweetwater, Tennessee, John M. Jones was the eldest son of Oliver and Mary Browder Jones. He graduated from Washington and Lee University>>.

During World War II, Jones saw extensive action in Burma. Decorated many times, Jones was honorably discharged in 1945 as a lieutenant colonel.

After the war, Jones' mother-in-law, Edith Susong, invited him to work with her family's newspaper, The Greenville Sun, for a few months to help her make some business evaluations. When Mrs. Susong died in 1974, Jones became editor and publisher of the newspaper, which he and his family own. The Sun's circulation has multiplied, and the family has added another daily newspaper, The Daily-Post Athenian to its holdings. They also own six non-daily general circulation papers, four radio stations, and two monthly special interest journals.

Jones has always taken a very active role in civic projects. Jones has served as a director of the Associated Press and the Tennessee Press Association. He has also formerly been president of the Greenville/Greene County Area Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Foundation, and United Way of Greene County.

Jones' numerous honors include being named Man of the Year by the Tennessee Press Association and honorary agent of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, an organization he created. He also received a Doctor of Human Letters Degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College.

John M. and Martha Susong Jones are the parents of five children.