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His Life


June 6, 2012



January 9, 2012


Kenneth Michael Jones was born June 6, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the eldest son of Kenzie and Maxine Jones‟ three children which includes two sisters, Shellene and Angela. His father, Kenzie, maternal grandparents, Herman “Pete” and Estella Farmer, uncles, Herman Lee and Michael and paternal grandmother, Vinnie Jones, cousin, LaTonya Hams preceded him in death.

He was a graduate of George Manierre Elementary, Arnold Upper Grade Center and Prosser Vocational High School. Kenneth pursued his college education at Southern Illinois University, where he received his associate and bachelor degrees in May 1984. After college Kenneth decided to follow in the footsteps of his uncles and join the military.

Kenneth enlisted in the United States Army in 1987 where he was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served as a MP in the Persian Gulf (Desert Storm). Kenneth was baptized in the name of the father, and the son, and the Holy Spirit at Quarry Hill Chapel in Fort Sill, Oklahoma on February 8, 1987.

In 1992, he met Yvette Klingman, and from that union his only child Yveshia Miche` was born in 1995.

Kenneth was affectionately known by many names; Dinky, J, Ken, Sarge, Jones, Henry, Daddy, and Kenny. Most of all, he will be remembered for his love for his family and friends. He had the biggest heart and would always call everyone, honey or sweetie. He had a smile that lit up the room and a personality to match. His smile was as big as his heart. Always giving of himself and expecting nothing in return. He was loved by many and cherished by all.

He was a true Chicago sports enthusiast. Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks were his favorite teams. He had a love of old school music and the classics. You could find him in the front row of a Frankie Beverly and Maze or Parliament/Funkadelic concert or in front of the TV watching the Honeymooners, the „Pink Panther‟ (with Peter Sellers), any John Wayne movie and his ultimate favorite movie „It‟s a Mad, Mad, Mad, World. Kenneth was the ultimate uncle when it came to his niece and nephews. He loved them and would always let them know how proud he was of their accomplishments; unselfishly giving and sharing with them his life experiences and do‟s and don‟ts. To that, they said it was well received and very much appreciated.

He worked various blue collar jobs throughout his career; settling at Gibbs Die-casting Company in Evansville, Indiana where he was well liked by his coworkers.

Kenneth leaves to cherish his memory; his precious daughter, Yveshia Miche, his devoted and loving mother, Maxine, his loving sisters, Shellene Denise (Elder Donald) Rose; Angela (Darrell) McCoy; Niece, Alexis McCoy, Nephews, Thomas and Jonathan McCoy. Aunts, Virginia (Dolly) Hams, Kansas City, MO; Jeanette (Prince) Howard, Centreville, VA, and Cheryl Farmer from Chicago, IL. Uncles, Ernest Farmer, Memphis, TN, Howard Farmer of Chicago, IL. Cousins, Yasmin Hams, Pierre Hams, Schicaglyn Scroggins, Darryl Hams of Kansas City, MO. Antoinette Nix and Ernest Farmer,Jr.; Marcus Young and Erick Farmer of Centreville,VA, Alnisha Maniaci of Brooklyn, NY. Special friend, Jennifer Royster and her son Cody Smithhart. Special friends, Lynn (AD) Davis of Phoenix, AZ, Angie Griffith, Lafayette, IN, Belinda Flynn of W. Lafayette, IN, Craig Dickerson of Fort Wayne, IN, Renee Dillard of Lafayette, IN, SIU Alums: EJ, G-man, Jeff , the Shaws and a host of dear friends, co-workers and acquaintances.

Visit the memorial website that has been created for Kenneth at Your expressions are sincerely appreciated.