Mr. Dwight Alonzo Jones, Sr. ran his race on earth and reached the finish line, November 15, 2020. Today, we celebrating his life and legacy. Dwight (affectionately known as "Pop Daddy") was born on September 28, 1954 in Prattville, Alabama to the late Mrs. Barbara Y. Jones and Mr. Charles A. Jones, Sr.
Mr. Jones (Dwight's dad) had adamantly claimed, bonded, and tenderly attached himself to Dwight while he was still in an embryonic state in his mother's womb. Therefore, in spite of Dwight having been birthed during some very unpredictable and challenging times in history, he knew it---at least during that season in his life. He was surrounded by so much love and affection from those in his world-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, et cetera. Dwight was "rolling" from arms to arms.
Nevertheless, children do grow and progress-whether good or bad. Dwight was a well adjusted little lad, a bit over protected and spoiled; thus, not rotten. Despite having a good and stable home support system, life outside that was not a "rainbow of colors'--referencing, again, those unpredictable and challenging times in the history of our nation--the struggle for "civil rights."
During Dwight's formative years, his education began at North Highland Elementary School. After satisfactorily completing his elementary years, Dwight moved on and gained "firsthand" knowledge beyond that loving and "overprotective world" into which he was domestically born. It was a "culture" shock" for Dwight.
Nevertheless, he had to sturdy himself without his "at home" support system; however, his granddad, Reverend O' dell, had already introduced him to Christ; therefore he knew where and with whom to STAND. School integration was difficult, at first, but Dwight later worked a plan---even later in life, Dwight was always trying to "work a plan." Some plans did not work, but... the plan at Prattville High School worked!
He discovered his strengths and talents in sports. Therefore, he went for "The Goal!" He began to love the world of basketball and in spite of opposition, he learned to "dribble around" the opponents. By that time things began to get a little "shaky" on the home front...but he stayed on course and continued to focus and to not break his stride. Basketball was like...like his "second nature." His jersey "number was "#12," you never forgot him after the game. Dwight became a "superstar" on the court. well, after those years passed, along with other life's struggles, Dwight decided to join the military after graduation. Before signing papers to enter the United States Army, Dwight had already 'set sight" on the love of his life."
No doubt, he used some basketball court "footwork" and "he got her!" His dream girl. The couple married and Dwight embraced her son (Cedric White) the same as his dad, Charles, did for him. He departed for the United States Army in August 1974. The narrative does not stop at this juncture, Dwight and his wife had two more children, later. Dwight Alonzo Jones, Jr., and Dwayne Jones. They continued to be a happy family. A happy family ---dad , mom, and three fine little fellows.
Guess Mom did not have a stand ---being out numbered by "4 to1" and the "1" being her. After some time had elapsed, they traveled several paths. The mother found love, again, and became wedded to a very regal, Christian gentleman. Dwight, Sr., di add further years of study to his education. Those years of study included California College, San Diego, Patterson (at the time) and Trenholm State Technical College. Some of Dwight's hobbies were cooking (....and rightly so since his mom, Barbara, made sure that the boys learned to cook and clean), physical fitness, mostly all types of sports---such as: basketball, fishing, football, soccer, and others.
He enjoyed gathering the young males of the family to barbeque, watch bowl games, listen to good music, and reminisce "good ole" family moments. He declared he was was "King of the 'BQ' grill. The boys knew better, but they never tried to "intercept his thunder," and they were always there to 'chow'. He told them how he and younger men in the family had to come through the ranks of the " more seasoned" family men and that is how he learned a wealth of knowledge, he said.
Dwight, as the family recalls, left his handprints and footprints everywhere. He was multitalented; to name a few: carpentry, painting, auto repairs, plumbing, flooring; you name it, Dwight could claim it. Tools came alive in Dwight's hands. After resting the tools, when he "stepped out" again, he was as crisp and shined as "new money". When Dwight went to the kitchen, he could shame a woman. Yes, that was "Pop Daddy" ... the man with a GOOD HEART. Dwight was loyal brother, friend, and whatever he could be in time of need. Dwight was seven minutes from home when his life tragically ended during a "head on" automobile collision---after trying to "honor his word." Dwight knew Christ and, and prayerfully he had invited Christ into his life.
Cherishing the memories of Mr. Dwight Jones, Sr., are his eight children: Cedric White, Dwayne Jones, Torie Reese, Kaleeke Reese, Prattville, AL, Dwight Jones, Jr., Decatur, GA, Brian (Shavona) Andrews, Austin, TX, Tia Andrews, Dallas, TX, and Tyron Andrews, Fort Carson, CO.
Two loving and devoted sisters: Tarnetta (Thomas, Sr.) Green and Alfreda T. Jones, Prattville, AL.
Seven brothers:+Raton (Jennifer) Jones, Birmingham, AL, Vince (Wendy) Jones, Rockford, AL, Audwin (Caryn) Jones, McDonough, GA, Juan (Donna) Jones, Williamsport, MD, Alfred (Ekatasi) Jones, Maylene, AL, Sherman (Alicia) Jones, Avenal, CA, Devore Jones, Montgomery, AL, and Charles (Ventria) Jones, Jr., Grand Prairie, TX.
Grandchildren: Barbara, McKayla, Jamaya, Jeremiah, Bethany, Stephanie, Jaidyn, Chasidy, D'layla, James, Zar, Brandon, Anthony, and Chivo.
Special Aunts: Valencia (Armfield) Davis, Eleanor (Norman) Warren, Jacqueline (George, Jr.) Jones, Gwendolyn (Rev. Robert) Williams, Concha (Jimmy, Sr.) Hall, Georgia Whiting, and Lillie Bowling.
Special Uncles: Horace Rollins, Johnny (Fayette) Cain, and Malcolm (Nelda) Cain. Special Cousins: Merlakia Jones, George Jones, III, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen" (KJV, Jude 1:24-25)
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