John Elroy Jones was born September 28, 1938, in Clayton, Louisiana to George Jones and Leola Henry Jones. He attended Sevier High School and graduated in 1960, after serving 2 years as a medic in the Air Force. He retired from Northwest Airlines after 34 years of service, where he was well-loved and highly regarded. He was an active member of Historic Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he served as a trustee. He showed his love for others through cooking and serving meals to the homeless population in Downtown Jacksonville. He was also a dedicated member of the MLK, Jr. Foundation, helping with fundraisers and the annual parade. He was preceded in death by parents George Jones and Leola Henry Jones; brothers George, James, William, Jesse, and Leon; daughters Rory Jones and Cheryl Rice. He leaves to cherish is memory: His wife, Caryn Sutphin Jones; children, Rear Admiral Upper Half Keith M. (Velma) Jones, USNR; Carron (David) Jones-Perry; Quitos (Jennifer) Jones; grandchildren, Adrienne Jones, Cydnee (Ryan) Merriweather, Ryan Rice, Derek Rice, Jeremy (Courtney) Willis, David Perry, Kai Jones, and Myndy Jones and five great-grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers, donations to support the John “Jack” Jones Food Pantry can be made to Historic Mt. Zion AMEC, 201 E. Beaver St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Arrangements entrusted to: A. B. Coleman Mortuary, 5660 Moncrief Rd., (904) 768-0507, Arlene B. Coleman, FDIC. Please sign the guestbook @

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