Mr. Francis Jerome Jones was born on August 16, 1933, to the union of Oscar B. Jones, Sr. and Juanita Fox-Jones at Epworth Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. He was their second-born son who brought much joy and love to his family and all who knew him.
He was preceded in the path to the heavenly Father by his parents, the late Oscar B Jones Sr., and Juanita Fox-Jones, followed by his brother, Oscar "Baby" Jones Jr.
On April 6, 1959, in Elkhart, Indiana, Jerome married Delores Bryson, the love of his life. For 62 years, Jerome and Delores shared a wonderful life as they were blessed with four children, thirteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Jerome was a sincere follower of God. He also cherished his wife and family, demonstrating his affection by being a devoted husband and father, as well as a zealous provider. He taught himself numerous skills that aided him throughout his life which he has passed on to his descendants. He treasure the responsibility of providing for and protecting his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as teaching and nurturing them. He was a "natural" role model and mentor for all ages, as he did everything from the heart. Jerome relished the opportunity to spend time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He would attend or participate in activities regardless of whether they were field trips, sporting events, boy scouts, or girl scouts. He emphasized the importance of education, saving money, making healthy choices, and maintaining family ties.
Jerome was a modern-day Marcus Garvey, a tireless advocate for the diverse members of the community. Mr. Jones is a beloved figure in South Bend. Every single person who came into contact with him adored him. If you knew him, you loved him, if you didn’t love him, you didn’t know him. Jerome toiled away to support his family. Among other employers, he worked for Studebaker, Conns, the South Bend Urban League, and South Bend Water Works.
After retirement, he enjoyed working for Suzanne Florals and Ridge/Napa Auto Parts. He enjoyed every moment possible with his family.
He will be our "Superman" forever…
Carrying on his legacy is his son, Francis Jerome Jones Jr (Dawn, affectionately called Darling Dawn), and daughters, Angela Jones, Andrea Jones (his Honey Bear) Alesia-Lisa Jones, daddy's Baby Baby (Emmanuel). Frances Jones of Federal Way, Washington and Viola Comer of South Bend, Indiana from a previous marriage.
His grandchildren, F. Jerome (Crystal) Jones III, Javan X Jones, Cornelius Johnson, Aprell (Jeremy) Sparks, Camille (Patrick) Cobb, and Travis (Cynthia) Jones, Andre Owens and Fiona Comer, all of South Bend, Indiana, Marques (Danielle) Moore of Lansing, Michigan, Tierra Jones, (Kevin), Alexandria (Reggie) Walton, Sidney Jones, and Carl (Candace) Carr all of Indianapolis, Indiana, Monique Love of Peoria, Illinois, Michael (Violet) Jones of Hanford, California, and Tonya Newbill of Federal Way, Washington. He was also blessed with 30 "Great" grandchildren to carry on his legacy.
Jerome is survived by his youngest brother, Michael (Mickey) J. Jones (Nancy), and two sister-in-loves Rev. W. Jean Mayes and Clara Ruth (Faye) Latham (Bill).