OBITUARY

Ernest Paul Jones

November 28, 1952September 3, 2020

Ernest Paul Jones, age 67, of Chicago, Illinois, was born into life on November 28, 1952, and born into eternity on Thursday, September 3, 2020. Ernest was the loving son of the late Andrew & Margaret Jones who preceded him in death. He was the beloved brother of 'Andrea F. King of Lima, Ohio, Robin (Dexter) Watson, sister-in-law Carole Jones and the late William M. Jones. He graduated from Evanston Township High School, Kalamazoo College, and most recently Chicago State University. He was, at present, a ministerial student of the Johnnie Coleman Institute.

Ernest was a successful coach-leader during his career that span over three decades of Public Relations, education, and broadcasting on stations like, NBC-TV, WMAQ Radio Group, WVON, iHeart WCSU Radio at Chicago State University and other major stations. Ernest appeared in the major television series The Chi and Empire, and in the movie Barbershop 2. He did commercials for Sprite/Coca Cola, Respiratory Health Management of Chicago, Alzheimer Foundation, Columbia College, Triton College, Evanston Township High School, DePaul University, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Guard in Illinois as well as the Smithsonian Museum. Ernest hosted several radio broadcasts including MenuZine(R), Women and Minority Report, and the Bachelorette and Bachelor’s Forum.

Ernest was a Baritone and Bass Soloist, and avid member of The African American Network of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). He was a long time member of Christ Universal Temple where he served in the Temple Ensemble and prayer ministry. He often sang The National Anthem at Chicago Bulls, Chicago Sky, and Chicago Blackhawk games. Ernest proudly said, "I helped the CSO build a network of Blacks who enjoyed European Classical Music."

Uncle Ernie, as he was fondly called, is also survived by eight nieces and nephews; Aaron (Marjorie) and George King III; Dexter II, Amber and Ryan Watson; Ashley, Jeffrey and Jeremy (Kaitlyn) Jones. He was also the caring grand uncle of five. He leaves to mourn several aunts and uncles, cousins, and fond friends.

Ernest always wanted to share his love for life, people, family and friends. He shared many creative ideas, great motivational quotes, and took his family on many social outings. One of the things he often said was, “It is just a change of mind to find perfection in everything you do.”

A special memorial service for Ernest will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The wake will begin at 10 a.m. and the memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Please check back here for Live Streaming details to come.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.montclair-lucaniafuneral.com for the Jones family.

Services

10 October

Celebration of Life Gathering, in keeping with the Archdiocese of Chicago COVID-19 guidelines.

10:00 am - 10:30 am

St. Malachy + Precious Blood Church

2248 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612

10 October

Celebration of Life Service, in keeping with the Archdiocese of Chicago COVID-19 guidelines.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

St. Malachy + Precious Blood Church

2248 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612

Memories

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NATE PHILLIPS

September 16, 2020

May your LIGHT so shine in eternity as it has shone in and through the universe.
We will forever cherish the fond memories and feelings of gratitude for your presence in our lives.
Paul, I know that wherever you are on this journey, there God Is.

Your loving brother and friend,

Nate Phillips

ENIVAH INGRAM

September 15, 2020

To the Family of Ernest Paul Jones,

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. I will remember Mr. Jones from being a student at Chicago State University and member of the CSU Alumni Association committee member. He always was doing positive things for CSU. He will be deeply missed. May your memories be kept in your heart and soul of his love. May you find strength and peace as well.

Best,
Ms. Enivah Ingram
CSU Alumni '96/'04

Judith Patterson Mims

September 12, 2020

To the Family,
May God give you strength during this time. I remember Ernest from early days at C.U.T on State Street along with the entire family, very devoted and committed people.
God Bless You and keep you.
GOD IS!
My Condolences,
Judy

Dr. Lois M. Gueno

September 11, 2020

My condolences to the Family of Mr. Ernest Paul Jones.

I met Mr. Jones a year ago, as a fellow alum, at the CTC/CSU Alumni Association (AA) Annual Meeting where Mr. Jones signed up for the CTC/CSU AA Bylaws Committee that I chaired.

Mr. Jones was an integral member of that Committee, making sure that he was always present, regardless of challenging weather, even when he was not driving. Mr. Jones always brought thoughtful, innovative, and insightful ideas to the table that moved the work of the Committee forward.

We kept in touch. I am pleased to say that Mr. Jones was a friend. When I learned of Mr. Jones' passing I realized that I had spoken with him on the day that he passed away. He had talked about returning to CSU to resume his activities and commitments. I will miss our thoughtful discussions. RIP.

With condolences on the passing of one of our own,
Dr. Lois M. Gueno, Secretary
CTC/CSU Alumni Association, Inc.
CTC/CSU Alumni Association Lifetime Member

Dr Carmen L C Palmer

September 11, 2020

Mr. Earnest Paul Jones was a relatively new member of my "love circle". I met him last year at the CTC/CSU Alumni Association Meeting. We connected immediately. We both signed up to serve on the Bylaws Committee. We worked together and stood together on many issues as we worked through that process. I am so grateful that I had that year and that opportunity to know Mr. Jones. I still can't believe that he is no longer here with us. I thank the Maker for allowing me to have the time we shared. God is GOOD ALL THE TIME.
Dr. Carmen L. C. Palmer

Koressa Boone Jordan

September 9, 2020

Robin,I was sorry to hear of your brother's transition.Please know I am praying that you will find comfort in the word of God and joy in your precious memories.I am thankful for all the effort he put in the group you know you from Evanston

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Terrell Steppes and Ernest

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Terrell Steppes and Ernest

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Ernest on set of Chi with Common (not in phot0) black men making films for major television

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Emat team tv production with Gregory Vance and 6 others

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Ernest being Ernest, just cool!

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Ernest Paul Jones born in Old Town area singing with his father and grandmother in the St. Matthews United Methodist Church. Oldest sister taught him music while his mother inspired his styling. First music ensemble was in Evanston Township High School where he moved to avoid joining Blackstone Rangers and Vice Lord Disciples gangs. Studied music with Avon Gillespie and Robert Rosewald...the rest is musical history until he met ACTEII from New York. They never sang together but their dreams for beautiful music were undeniable...

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Samantha Ege and EPJ

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EPJ and Doris Davenport (2 others)

Biography

Ernest Paul Jones, age 67, of Chicago, Illinois, was born into life on November 28, 1952, and born into eternity on Thursday, September 3, 2020. Ernest was the loving son of the late Andrew & Margaret Jones who preceded him in death. He was the beloved brother of 'Andrea F. King of Lima, Ohio, Robin (Dexter) Watson, sister-in-law Carole Jones and the late William M. Jones. He graduated from Evanston Township High School, Kalamazoo College, and most recently Chicago State University. He was, at present, a ministerial student of the Johnnie Coleman Institute.

Ernest was a successful coach-leader during his career that span over three decades of Public Relations, education, and broadcasting on stations like, NBC-TV, WMAQ Radio Group, WVON, iHeart WCSU Radio at Chicago State University and other major stations. Ernest appeared in the major television series The Chi and Empire, and in the movie Barbershop 2. He did commercials for Sprite/Coca Cola, Respiratory Health Management of Chicago, Alzheimer Foundation, Columbia College, Triton College, Evanston Township High School, DePaul University, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Guard in Illinois as well as the Smithsonian Museum. Ernest hosted several radio broadcasts including MenuZine(R), Women and Minority Report, and the Bachelorette and Bachelor’s Forum.

Ernest was a Baritone and Bass Soloist, and avid member of The African American Network of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). He was a long time member of Christ Universal Temple where he served in the Temple Ensemble and prayer ministry. He often sang The National Anthem at Chicago Bulls, Chicago Sky, and Chicago Blackhawk games. Ernest proudly said, "I helped the CSO build a network of Blacks who enjoyed European Classical Music."

Uncle Ernie, as he was fondly called, is also survived by eight nieces and nephews; Aaron (Marjorie) and George King III; Dexter II, Amber and Ryan Watson; Ashley, Jeffrey and Jeremy (Kaitlyn) Jones. He was also the caring grand uncle of five. He leaves to mourn several aunts and uncles, cousins, and fond friends.

Ernest always wanted to share his love for life, people, family and friends. He shared many creative ideas, great motivational quotes, and took his family on many social outings. One of the things he often said was, “It is just a change of mind to find perfection in everything you do.”

A special memorial service for Ernest will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The wake will begin at 10 a.m. and the memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Please check back here for Live Streaming details to come.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.montclair-lucaniafuneral.com for the Jones family.

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