Childhood friend of George Jones shares memories of country music legend

Jack Ingham sat in his Port Acres home Thursday listening to country music legend, and his old friend, George Jones.

"Everywhere he played I wanted to go listen to him," Ingham said.

Ingham says he first met Jones when Ingham was just 13 years old. Jones was about a year and a half older.

"We lived next to each other and we used to walk to school together to Dick Dowling Junior High in Beaumont."

Jones passed away last week at the age of 81. Hundreds paid tribute to the hall of fame singer Thursday morning at his memorial at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

"No one made music like the man from East Texas, George Jones," former first lady Laura Bush said at the memorial.

Ingham says Jones was a tough kid who was never one to back down from a fight.

"He wasn't afraid of anything," said Ingham.

Ingham showed us some memorabilia he keeps in his office, which included a personalized calendar given to him by Jones himself and a bag of Jones' very own "Country Gold" brand dog food.

"But the most important thing that I've always thought was great was George gave me what they call a home demonstration record, this was before he ever recorded anything," said Ingham.

But Jones gave Ingham something even more important than that, something you can't touch. Ingham says Jones was his inspiration to play music.

"I wanted to play the guitar after I watched him, and I finally got to where I played the guitar and later on got a band," he said.

Ingham played at small venues throughout Southeast Texas for years under the stage name "Jack Angel"... and he owes it all to his childhood friend, George Jones.



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