Nathaniel L. Jones

October 3, 1944January 5, 2021
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Beloved Husband. Amazing Dad. Spectacular Grandfather. Faithful Servant

Nathaniel L. Jones was born on October 3, 1944 in Pittsburgh PA. He graduated from Freehold Regional High School and attended Delaware State University. Nathaniel later moved to Manchester, NJ, where he and the love of his life, Willene Jones, spent 47 years together.

To provide for his family, Nathaniel worked two jobs for over 12 years as an attendance officer for Freehold Township schools and as a correction officer at The New Jersey Training School for Boys, in Jamesburg, NJ. After sometime, Nathaniel focused on one career and retired from corrections after 35 years.

Nathaniel had several hobbies, including sports, watching his kids play sports, and collecting model cars. However, the hobby that he is most known for is his photography. Nathaniel’s passion for picture taking grew from a hobby to a part-time profession. He has captured the beauty of several brides across the state of New Jersey.

Although Nathaniel achieved secular accomplishments, what was most dear to him was being a servant of Jehovah. He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in July of 1973. He enjoyed speaking to all he knew about the future promises that Jehovah has in store for all humankind. Even after suffering a severe stroke in 2008, Nathaniel spent several hours a month writing letters to friends and family about his faith. In fact, speaking and writing about Jehovah was a big part of his therapy and helped him regain his ability to write. As Nate battled a long history of health issues, he constantly relied on Jehovah, who certainly sustained Nate and kept his spirits high.

Nathaniel will especially be missed for his passion for life and love of meeting new people. In his life, he never met a stranger and could turn anyone into his best friend within minutes of meeting them.

Nate is survived by his wife of 47 years, Willene; his children, Ebony Yelder, Maurice Salaam and his wife, Maria Isabel, NáLene Jones, and CJ Jones; his grandchildren, Giovanni Jones, Khalid Salaam and Akilah Salaam, and his brother, William Jones Jr. He was predeceased by his parents, William Sr. and Bessie Jones, and siblings, Isiah Lorenzo Jones, Audrey L. Gaines, and Randolph LaMont Jones.

A private visitation and burial will be held. The family of Nathaniel invites you to a virtual/zoom memorial service on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 2 pm EST/1 pm CST. Please email for details.

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January 18, 2021


Sherry Green (Smith)

January 17, 2021

Hi Jones family. Not sure if you remember me, but I certainly remember your loving family. I still have pictures that Nate took of me. He was always proud to take pics of the young ones when we were in the Lakewood congregation.

We all have so much to look forward to in the very near future.

You are all in my prayers. Love you.

Cruz family

January 16, 2021

We are SO sorry to hear about Brother Jones! We loved talking with him at every meeting. Your family has been in our thoughts and prayers!!!!


Willie, Christie, & Aliyah Cruz
Toms River

DANA Triana

January 15, 2021

NaLene and family,
Your dad was a kind man with a big heart. I remember his fancy suit and smiling face at my wedding years ago. Over the years, I have heard so many beautiful stories (I remember all of the times he supported your bowling in HS) and I know the father/daughter bond between you both was so incredibly special. Thinking of you all at this time.

Brenda Travis

January 14, 2021

We will sorely miss our Uncle Leverne (as we grew up calling him). His kindness, sensitivity, and warm sense of humor will be remembered for years to come.

Lord Jesus Father God, we thank You for the life Uncle Leverne lived and joy he gave so many.
Brenda Travis (Niece in MD)

Bettina Evans

January 14, 2021

It is so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. I can remember when I first met you. You swept my Sister, Willene, off of her feet and married her. I was so happy to see her full of joy and hope for the future she was planning with you. You were a strong, faithful husband, father, friend and big brother. You provided for your family. You could hold a very long conversation regarding anything sports related. We sat watching football on many occasions. I watch you turn into a believer of the truth when researching religion comparing what you thought was the truth to what Jehovah's Witnesses believed in. You were won over eventually and gave your life and soul to Jehovah from that moment onward without looking back. I will truly miss you as a force in our family. Over the past few years your health declined but you still never lost sight of who you were and what your family meant to you. I will see you in Paradise! Rest my Brother-in-Law.

Harry Colangelo

January 13, 2021

I will miss my dear brother Nate and look forward to his joyful return. I will miss our talks and his warm smile. He was such a joy to be around. Although it was far too short, I am happy to know my brother before our parting, for now. May Jehovah always bless his loving wife Willene and his children. May he rest peacefully until our King calls him to return to us.

Joseph Brienza

January 13, 2021

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband and our beloved brother. We remember him with fondness always with a big smile at the Kingdom Hall. May Jehovah comfort you and your family as we pray together for His Kingdom to come. Then we will welcome back all our loved ones that have fallen asleep to a beautiful Paradise. Joe and Anne Brienza.

Thomas Collins

January 12, 2021

I met Nate in 1959 playing sports for FRHS. For four years I played along side him on the line in football, sat along side him for every wrestling match and on the track team, we both threw shot put and discus.
In football, Nate would tell the defensive linesmen, ".... we're coming over you this play" - and then, that's exactly what we did!
I have many fond memories of Nate and he will be missed.
Rest in Peace.

N. Maurice Salaam

January 12, 2021

Dad, what a champion, the lessons you displayed upon me have an impact well within my 40's. I was in the first grade and in the lowest reading group. I struggled at the time with learning my words and pronouncing them. My teacher expressed her concerns to my father.
He created a light blue folder carefully making horizontal and vertical lines with a ruler. I remember watching him do it with a red pen. I thought and asked at 6yo what is Dad doing ? He smiled and told me , "You'll see Reese." with out looking up.
When he finished he sat me down at the dining room table. He pulled out the folder and said, Maurice this is your new reading folder. He showed me numbered lines of words like it, that, him, run, jump and sight words.
"Maurice everyday we will go over all these words after school. I just remember the warmth in his smile and his patience. He then took out a brief case and opened it full of stickers. "Maurice , we will go over these words everyday and put a sticker on the folder. " You have to work hard and that is the only way you will get one." he said.
We filled that folder with stickers as my vocabulary and reading comprehension became stronger. I moved up reading groups. It was a prideful time for both of us. I understand now, giving up was not an option. Not your son not your children.
That blue folder that was filled with stickers by the end of first grade was a lifetime lesson. It was always about the blue folder wasn't it dad ? Working through obstacles when we hit a crossroads. You weren't a teacher but yet you removed your own obstacles by doing the extra.
I love you Nathaniel "Big Vern" Jones the best father ever that blue folder was the best lesson you ever taught me. Believe in yourself and loved ones and never quit. I will speak your name so it lives forever, enjoy your rest until you reach your final destination. I love you Pop.