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The family requests that all tributes be offered on this website be verbal in nature. Your thoughtful words of memory are more valuable than flowers or gifts and will fill a void that material things cannot close.
There will be a private family viewing
A crypt-side service with military honors will be held Tuesday April 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (PST).
The service may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/thompsonrosechapel/videos or in the "Gallery" section under Videos here.
His beginnings were humble, difficult, sometimes harsh, and even brutal. 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. He was, as are all of us are, perfectly what our Creator designed him to be. May his soul find rest and any peace he was denied on this earth. May any wounds this worldly life inflicted be healed.
Posted by Ezra Nair on April 13, 2021
I remember when he was living with us back in Illinois 15 or 20 years ago, I was still in elementary school at the time. But we'd walk to our local rec center and he'd just be talking with everyone like they were old friends. He sure could tell a story, and had the most infectious laugh I'll never forget. And yes, he'd make everyone guess how old he was and they'd always be at least 30 years off. He'd loved to watch the shock on their faces when he'd tell them I was his grandson rather than just his son lol
Posted by Estella Jones on April 11, 2021
He was always proud of the fact that he didn’t look his age. He would go around betting strangers $20 that they couldn’t guess his age and most of the time, they fell for it. Another side hustle- Lol
Posted by Magnus Reid on April 6, 2021
May God rest his soul and hold a special place in heaven for him.
Posted by Derrick Williams on April 6, 2021
Who knew he was such a handsome guy.
But he was such a funny guy God bless him
Posted by Estella Jones on April 6, 2021
Walk in the power granted by your ancestors today! They worked too hard for us not to be great! 
Posted by Estella Jones on April 6, 2021
Ephesians 6:1-3
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

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Posted by Ezra Nair on April 13, 2021
I remember when he was living with us back in Illinois 15 or 20 years ago, I was still in elementary school at the time. But we'd walk to our local rec center and he'd just be talking with everyone like they were old friends. He sure could tell a story, and had the most infectious laugh I'll never forget. And yes, he'd make everyone guess how old he was and they'd always be at least 30 years off. He'd loved to watch the shock on their faces when he'd tell them I was his grandson rather than just his son lol
Posted by Estella Jones on April 11, 2021
He was always proud of the fact that he didn’t look his age. He would go around betting strangers $20 that they couldn’t guess his age and most of the time, they fell for it. Another side hustle- Lol
Posted by Magnus Reid on April 6, 2021
May God rest his soul and hold a special place in heaven for him.
his Life

Obituary for Joseph Roosevelt Jones, Sr.

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) and Father Harry Maddox; Stepfather Rice Jones, Sr.; Aunt Nannie (nee Banks) and Uncle  Moses Gills who 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 and Joyce Jones and Nephew Wayne Jones that 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. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the motor pool and as a General's aide. He 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 with several trucks he owned. He found ways to increase his income with a spontaneous side hustle. He sold insurance and earned membership in the Million Dollar Sales Club. He had a strong work ethic, made his own way in life, and often said he left home at the age of 16 with nothing but "a deck of cards and a fish head sandwich." He was also employed at Aerojet Rocketdyne, and held several positions with Sacramento County and the State of California DMV.
He was outgoing, humorous, and jovial; the type of person who never met a stranger, with a soft spot for his elders, who took in many who had nobody else to turn to. Although he was subject to many of the temptations and shortcomings that people are; he was selfless, humble, and generous. For example, he put himself in harm's way to rescue a woman involved in a terrible crash because he was the first person on the scene, yet without benefit of cell phones, he found a way to alert authorities and helped to free her from the wreckage. As a result, he received a letter of commendation 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 and would never bring it up in conversation. He loved to sing in church and at other social functions, like his daughter's wedding.
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; and Seven great-grandchildren. In addition, he leaves his Special friend Ms. Eva Moore; Special sisters-in-laws Patricia Keys and Phyllis Hayden; Special nephews and nieces Kelly Keys (Shona), William Hayden (Gail), Ty Keys, Renee Keys, and Latasha Keys; and many other relatives and a host of friends and associates.
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Shared by Estella Jones on April 5, 2021
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, and never brought it up in any conversations. 

Selfless

Shared by Estella Jones on April 5, 2021
He put himself in harm's way to rescue a woman involved in a terrible crash. He was the first person on the scene. At the time, there were no cell phones. He found a way to alert authorities, and helped free her from the wreckage. As a result, he received a letter of commendation for his actions from the Sacramento Chief of Police, but never mentioned that to anyone.