UK Men's Basketball

Funeral for 'Wah Wah' Jones in Lexington on Friday

Olympic gold medalists Anthony Davis, left, and Wah Wah Jones shook hands at midcourt as  former UK players gathered for  a charity alumni game  on Saturday September 15, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Olympic gold medalists Anthony Davis, left, and Wah Wah Jones shook hands at midcourt as former UK players gathered for a charity alumni game on Saturday September 15, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

The funeral service for former University of Kentucky athletic star Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones will be held at noon Friday at Lexington's Immanuel Baptist Church, the Anderson, Laws and Jones Funeral Home in Harlan posted on its website Monday.

There will be two visitations: From 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Anderson, Laws and Jones Funeral Home in Harlan, which was Mr. Jones' hometown, and also from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday at Immanuel Baptist Church.

The funeral service will begin at noon, immediately following the visitation on Friday. Burial is at Lexington Cemetery.

There also will be a celebration of Mr. Jones' life on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the University of Kentucky's K-Club at 1398 Sports Center Drive in Lexington.

Mr. Jones, who turned 88 on July 14, died Sunday. He starred for UK's basketball and football teams. As a member of the Fabulous Five, he played on UK's 1948 national championship basketball team. He was also part of the 1949 national championship team.

Mr. Jones was an All-Southeastern Conference end in football.

Mr. Jones is survived by his children: Wallace "Wah" Jones Jr. of Lexington, Vicki Jones of Lexington and Ira Dawson and her husband, Bruce Dawson, of Louisville; his grandchildren: Brian Mains and his wife, Crystal of Louisville, Ashley Dawson of Louisville, Shawna Landers of Florida, Cara Canada and her husband, Brandon, of Louisville, and Corey Jones and his wife, Ashley, of Lexington; his seven great grandchildren: Taylor, Addilyn, Lucas, Ali, Carson, Amelia, and Reagan; and Judy Jones, mother of grandson Corey. He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Frances Rich Jones of Harlan, and his nephews Jeff and John Jones.

Condolences may be left at www.aljfh.com. You may also sign a guest book for Mr. Jones on Kentucky.com.

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