Joseph Roosevelt Jones Sr. was born on September 24, 1932, in Roanoke, VA. He transitioned from his earthly life on March 14, 2021, at the age of 88 years. He was predeceased by his mother; Anna (nee Banks.) Father; Harry Maddox. Stepfather Rice Jones Sr. Aunt and uncle; Nannie (nee Banks) and Moses Gills raised him after the passing of his mother. Four wives. Brother; Rice Jones Jr. Cousins; Edward Gills and William Gills, with whom he was raised as a brother. Nieces; Brenda Jones, Joyce Jones, and a nephew; Wayne Jones, the three of whom he raised after their mother's passing.
He grew up in Beckley, WV where he graduated from DuBois High School. He was an honorably discharged disabled veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force where he was assigned to the motor pool and as a General's aid. He also competed as a member of the Air Force track team.
In civilian life, he was a hard-working entrepreneur who operated a cleaning service, did recycling, moving, and refuse hauling contracts with several trucks he had owned. He always found a way to increase his income with a spontaneous side hustle. He also sold insurance and achieved membership in the Million Dollar Sales Club. He had a strong work ethic and made his own way in life. He often joked that he left home at the age of 16 with nothing but "a deck of cards and a fish head sandwich."
He was employed at Aerojet Rocketdyne, held several positions at Sacramento County, and the State of California DMV.
He had an outgoing, humorous, and jovial personality. He was the type of person who never met a stranger. He had a soft spot for his elders and took in many who had nobody else to whom they could turn. Though he was subject to many of the temptations and shortcomings that all people are, he could also be selfless, humble, and generous. For example, there was an occasion when he put himself in harm's way to help rescue a woman who'd been involved in a terrible crash. He just happened to be the first person on the scene. At the time there were no such things as cell phones. Not only did he find a way to alert authorities, but also helped free her from the wreckage. He received a letter of commendation for his actions from the Sacramento Chief of Police, but never mentioned that to anyone. There were also times he would see a family in need and go out of his way to bring them groceries without ever being asked, but never brought it up in any conversations. He loved to sing, which he often did in church and at other social functions like weddings. His beginnings were humble, difficult, sometimes harsh and even brutal, but he did the best he could with what he had. Some of us may wish he had been more of what we wanted him to be, but he was, as are all of us, perfectly what our Creator designed him to be. May his soul find rest and any peace he was denied on this earth and may any wounds worldly life inflicted be healed.
He leaves behind to celebrate his life, five children; Josetta R. Jones Nair (Segran,) Joseph R. Jones Jr., RADM Estella Jones DVM, Timothy L. Jones (Elsie,) and Shaelomena Jones. Six grandchildren; Christina Miller, LT Solomon Nair DDS (Amanda,) Joshua Nair (Audrey,) Ezra Nair (Loni,) Alece Jones, and Gizelle Jones. Seven great-grandchildren. A special and close friend, Ms. Eva Moore. Special and close sisters-in-law, Patricia Keys and Phyllis Hayden. Special and close nephews and nieces Kelly Keys (Shona,) William Hayden (Gail,) Tye Keys, Renee Keys, and Latasha Keys. Many other relatives and a host of friends and associates.
There will be a private family viewing. A crypt-side service with military honors will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. (PDT) and may only be attended by streaming online through the Thompson Rose Chapel website. The family requests that all tributes be offered on the website and be verbal in nature. Your thoughtful words of memory are more valuable than flowers or gifts and will fill a void no material thing can close.
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