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SOMERSET, Mass. — Annette Jones is calling for a fleet of big rigs to drive her beloved late husband into the sunset one last time.
She’s inviting truck drivers to line up their bobtails (trailers unattached) and accompany her from Somerset to Fall River for the funeral of Charles E. “Chuck” Jones Jr. on Jan. 15.
“He would say, ‘That’s awesome,’ and he’d be really happy,” Jones said.
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Her husband, 67, an over-the-road semi driver for 15 years, lived and loved the trucker life until he was forced to stop driving when he got sick a few years ago.
Jones, also a truck driver for 12 years, said her husband was “depressed and sad when they took his CDL,” after he was diagnosed with diabetes and taking insulin injections.
The couple with an affinity for motorcycles met in 1995 at a motorcycle shop in New Bedford. They got married the following year in Laconia, N.H., during Bike Week.
The Joneses drove together for several years, visiting every state in the country “at least three times.” Some trips would take them away from home for as long as five weeks.
Jones said it was quite an adventure. She had to give up her CDL recently due to disability.
Jones said she’s having a difficult time without Chuck, and wanted to do one last thing for her husband.
“He was my best friend,” Jones said.
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