Willie "Al" Jones

Saturday November 20, 2021

WILLIE ALFRED JONES was born the eldest of four children to Jesse Taylor Jones and

Ethel Mae Jones (nee Hayes) in Starkville, Mississippi in September of 1935. Willie was

always referred to as Al.  The family moved from Mississippi to Pontiac, Michigan when

Al was five years old. Al was an avid sportsman and a graduate of Pontiac Central High

School, where he was the equipment manager for the high school track team. After graduation,

Al enlisted in the US Navy where he served four years and was honorably discharged. As an

enlisted man, he played semi-pro baseball in Puerto Rico. Following his stint with the Navy,

work was hard to find so Al reenlisted - this time with the Army. He again served his

country for twenty-one more years and in 1977, he retired. In December of 1965

Al met the love of his life, Frances, whom he married in February 1966. Al and Frances were

married for fifty-five years and together have three children: Juavonnie, Doria, and Damon.

When Al retired from the military he began working as a maintenance manager for the US

Post Office. He eventually retired from the Post Office and wanting to stay busy, Al

worked for the Fred Meyer grocery chain in Boise, Idaho and Depoe Bay, Oregon. He was

always a good provider. Al had a stroke in 2011 which kept him from pursuing further

employment. Al and Frances moved to Merrillville, Indiana in 2013 where they became

members of Embassies of Christ Kingdom Ministries. Because of the stroke, Al

was unable to drive. His “can do” spirit caused him to persevere and after twelve attempts he

passed the test and received his driver’s license.

Al is survived by his loving wife Frances; his children: Juavonnie, Doria, and Damon

(Valerie); and five grandchildren: Daisha, Damien, Carrington, Donovan and Addison. His

surviving siblings are Catherine, Hayes (Rhonda) Jones, and Ethel (Payton) Granderson; and multiple

nieces and nephews.

Visitation

Friday December 3, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Embassies of Christ

4231 Cleveland Street Merrillville, Indiana 46408

Service

Friday December 3, 2021
11:00 AM
Embassies of Christ

4231 Cleveland Street Gary, Indiana 46408