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Jones, Silas Apostle

(born: January 17, 1936  -  died: July 16, 2016) 

Silas Jones was born in Brentsville (Bourbon County), KY, the son of John E. and Mary L. Stone Jones. He is the founder and director of WordPlay and author of books of fiction, short stories, and plays, including Waiting For Mongo, Children Of All, and God in Little Pieces. Jones has also written for film, television, and radio. He earned his B.A. in English from Washington State University. Many of Jones' plays have not been published nor made available to the general public. Silas Jones was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, which he joined after high school. Silas Jones died July 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. He is buried with his parents in the Cherry Grove Cemetery in Cynthiana, KY.

For more see R. Forte, "Back stage with successful playwright Silas Jones," Call & Post [Cleveland, OH], 06/16/1994; and the National Playwrights Directory, 2nd ed., edited by P. J. Kaye. Silas Jones is included in the picture of the children in "Brentsville One-Room School Students" on page 87 of Paris and Bourbon County, by B. Scott and J. Scott. For more information about his career, see the Silas Apostle Jones Obituary in the Los Angeles Times, 08/19-22/2016 [available online].

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NKAA Source: Waiting For Mongo
NKAA Source: Children of all (The adventures of TomTom and Sudani)
NKAA Source: God in little pieces: a tragi-comedy in 8 scenes
NKAA Source: Call & post (newspaper)
NKAA Source: National playwrights directory, 2nd ed.
NKAA Source: Paris and Bourbon County

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