George B. Jones Jr. took his final rest in the arms of the Lord on Saturday, March 9. George was born to the union of Rev. George B. Jones Sr. and Hattie M. (Drake) Jones in Sepell, Arkansas. He was the first born of 12 children.
He accepted the Lord Jesus at an early age and was baptized at New Testament Baptist Church founded by his father. He began his ministry of music at the church as the youth choir pianist. George was educated in the SBCSC system and attended IUSB and Ivy Tech SB where he completed certification in data information management.
As a youth, he was a standout basketball player and track star. He was the first African-American youth in this area to receive the American Legion award. George proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and received an honorable discharge.
George was a gifted musician, composer-song writer, and vocalist. He was a self-taught pianist and explored various genres of music but always came back to his roots - gospel music. Locally, he was a member of several R&B bands and the lead musician for the Jones family band with his siblings. He was minister of music for several local churches and in Fort Wayne. In 1983, he was ordained a Pentecostal Minister.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving mother, Hattie M. Jones Brown; his children: George B. (April) Jones III, Shawn (Stacy) Jones, Kimya (Michael) Wardlow of South Bend, Keta Ferguson of Dallas, Texas, Javon Jones of Indianapolis, Indiana, Felesia (Lucas) McFarland of Tucson, Arizona. 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. His siblings: Clara Davis and Oscar (Erma) Jones of Memphis, Tennessee, Betty Jones and Angela (Ernesto) Windhauser of Wintergarden, Florida, Priscilla Phillips of South Bend, Calvin Jones of Springfield, Illinois, Joseph (Marcia) Jones of Pearland, Texas, Georgia Wilson and Tracy (Yvette) Jones of Troy, New York, Chris (Lakeshia) Jones of Little Elm, Texas, LaShanda Jones of Irving, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and life-time friends.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Gayle Dobson Jones; his father, Rev. George B. Jones Sr.; stepmother, Elnora Jones; brothers: Cleophas, Cecil and Timothy; brothers-in-law, Richard Wilson and Austin Davis Jr.; paternal grandparents, Rev. Frank Jones and Ella Mae Jones, Cora Jones; maternal grandparents: Sylvester Drake and Ossie Mae Wilson.
“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:11-32