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John B. Jones Jr.
  • February 26, 1941
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  • December 26, 2020

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John B. Jones (“Butch” or “John John”) of Palm Coast, Florida died peacefully at the age of 79 on December 26, 2020.

He was born in the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan on February 26, 1941. However, the city he made his home for more than 30 years was Washington, DC. John made a remarkable impression on everyone he met and was described as “a sweetheart” by healthcare workers and longtime friends. His passions included an unquenchable love for learning, a deep love affair with jazz, playing his saxophone, tinkering with his beloved Audi collection, sharing his wisdom and knowledge, watching sports, discussing politics, and he was a sophisticated foodie. Those were his passions, but his unconditional, supernatural love was always squarely centered on his family. And he was never shy in talking about that love. On May 10, 1989 John married his wife Hildreth Carswell Jones who he described as “the greatest person” he had ever met out of the thousands of people he encountered in his lifetime.

His ambition, willpower and work ethic were simply unmatched. John’s unwavering focus and relentless pursuit of his dreams helped him achieve much academic and professional success. John could find anyone at a dinner party and pick their brain for hours about their expertise or interests, and he would also drop everything in an instant to teach or help someone without hesitation. In 1993, John founded RVJ International, the initials of his youngest child. The company, which focused on computer engineering and programming, was his ultimate dream realized.

John was a scholar, a lifelong student, a collector, a father, and a mentor, but he was also a fighter. He beat cancer THREE times, and he battled both renal failure and dementia. Despite his struggle this past year, he was still speaking of proposals, contracts, and business partnerships with everyone who visited and took care of him. Determined to make good deals in his last years, he even leveraged his negotiation skills with every nurse to get as many ice creams and popsicles as possible.

He deeply believed in hard work, truth (“math never lies”), equity and justice. Whether he was watching Judge Judy or the nightly news, his commentary always advocated for “what was right.” John never stopped trying to be a better husband, father, and businessman-he exemplified determination and resilience by refusing to allow circumstance confine or define him. He broke down barriers, was a trailblazer, and defied limitations. In fact, challenges always fueled his quest for excellence and accomplishment. He always found a way to beat the odds.

John is preceded in death by his father, Johnnie B. Jones, Sr. his mother Helen Ephriam Jones, and his sister Lorretta Jones.

He is survived by his wife Hildreth Carswell Jones (who he affectionately called “sweetie”), his children Rachel Victoria Jones, Kim Jones, and Kelly Jones. He is also survived by his sister, Jennifer Jones, and granddaughter, Brittney Jones.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the National Kidney Foundation in John’s memory.


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  1. 09 Jan 2021
    Stephanie L Moore lit a candle:
    Lit since January 9, 2021 at 1:05:37 PM

  2. 06 Jan 2021
    Yahaira Gil Maestro says:
    The Maestro Family sends our deepest condolences to Hildreth and Rachel. We’ve heard so many amazing things about John and we’re certain his legacy and love will live on. May his light help carry you both through this difficult time.

  3. 06 Jan 2021
    Yahaira Gil Maestro lit a candle:
    Lit since January 6, 2021 at 1:11:55 AM

  4. 05 Jan 2021
    Winifred Carson-Smith says:
    Frank and l wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Hildredth and Rachel. John was an intelligent, hardworking and creative man. In many ways, he embodied the best of his generation and thru his company, he was willing to share with others. Hildredth provided the complement he needed to soar. Blessings to your family and John, rest in power.

  5. 04 Jan 2021
    Kimberly Jones posted an image:
    1967
    1967

  6. 04 Jan 2021
    Kimberly Jones posted an image:
    Dad and I
    Dad and I

  7. 04 Jan 2021
    Kimberly Jones posted an image:
    JBJ Sr.
    JBJ Sr.

  8. 04 Jan 2021
    Kimberly Jones posted an image:
    Dad and I at  Howard University.
    Dad and I at Howard University.

  9. 04 Jan 2021
    Kimberly Jones posted an image:
    Reading...
    Reading...

  10. 04 Jan 2021
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  11. 04 Jan 2021
    Kimberly Jones posted an image:
    Brittney, John's granddaughter
    Brittney, John's granddaughter

  12. 04 Jan 2021
    Kimberly Jones posted an image:
    The other half of the Jones family:  Kim, Brittney (only grandchild), and Kelly with Dad 12/17 in West Palm Beach.
    The other half of the Jones family: Kim, Brittney (only grandchild), and Kelly with Dad 12/17 in West Palm Beach.

  13. 04 Jan 2021
    Kimberly Jones posted an image:
    This is John with his 2 eldest children.
    This is John with his 2 eldest children.

  14. 03 Jan 2021
    Dyanne Cunningham says:
    My deepest condolences to Hildreth and Rachel and family for the loss of John. We never met, but Johnnetta always spoke so highly of him. I know he will be deeply missed. I pray you will be anointed with peace and comfort now and in the coming days. Peace and blessings. Dyanne Cunningham & family

  15. 31 Dec 2020
    Joseph M. Jennings says:
    John B. Jones Jr.
    Gone but certainly not forgotten. Your kind words and gentle actions are part of your legacy. People will remember you as an observant and compassionate individual who genuinely care about and for the people he met.
    Most importantly John will be remembered as the person whose love for his family - Hildreth and Rachel, will see them through this challenging time.
    John, you may be gone but you will not be forgotten.

  16. 30 Dec 2020
    Karen M. Edwards says:
    John will be remembered for his unassuming personality, his soft-spoken nature, and his kind ways. He fought the good fight here on this earth. I’m so glad that he got to enjoy his later years in the sun and by the water’s edge. He leaves behind a rich and diverse legacy: an African-American trailblazer in the IT and corporate worlds, a devoted and loving husband, a devoted and proud father, and a friend to all. John will be missed, but to live in the hearts of those you love … is to never die! May you rest forever in eternal peace!

  17. 30 Dec 2020
    Trevor Johnson lit a candle:
    Lit since December 30, 2020 at 12:15:28 PM

  18. 30 Dec 2020
    Traci Collins lit a candle:
    Lit since December 30, 2020 at 12:58:58 PM

  19. 30 Dec 2020
    Rachel says:
    My greatest cheerleader and biggest fan. My business strategist. My coach. My teacher and protector. My role model and encourager. My Dad.

    You lived a good life, fought hard and never gave up. The willpower and work ethic you had was unlike any other. You taught me how to stand up for what is right. Your legacy is the best underdog story.
    Thank you for the endless memories and love. My love for learning, jazz, and so much more are all from you. You always watched out for us, and now you can finally rest easy. It’s so deserved.

  20. 29 Dec 2020
    Rachel posted an image:
    He knew how much he was loved and never took it for granted. All of the family friendships over the years made him so happy.
    He knew how much he was loved and never took it for granted. All of the family friendships over the years made him so happy.

  21. 29 Dec 2020
    Rachel posted an image:
    He loved Fordham
    He loved Fordham

  22. 29 Dec 2020
    Rachel posted an image:
    The Jones Family
    The Jones Family

  23. 29 Dec 2020
    Rachel posted an image:
    All smiles
    All smiles

  24. 29 Dec 2020
    Rachel posted an image:
    Sunshine on a rainy day
    Sunshine on a rainy day

  25. 29 Dec 2020
    Rachel posted an image:


  26. 29 Dec 2020
    Rachel posted an image:
    Dad was always up for a party!
    Dad was always up for a party!

  27. 29 Dec 2020
    Rachel posted an image:
    This past year, my dad was giving political speeches in his sleep. Keep pushing for change and don’t forget to vote in local and national elections!
    This past year, my dad was giving political speeches in his sleep. Keep pushing for change and don’t forget to vote in local and national elections!

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