December 5, 1947 – July 23, 2019
Howard Jones was born on December 5, 1947 in Como, Mississippi. The only child born to Cleve Conrad and Clara Savannah Jackson. Clara met the love of her life, Willie B. Jones. When Howard was eight months old, they moved their family to Chicago, IL where Willie B. loved and raised Howard as his own.
Howard received his formal education from C.H. Harrison Technical High School in Chicago IL. Shortly after graduating he was drafted into the United States Army where he earned the Vietnam Service Metal, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for his time served. Howard was proud of serving his country.
After his honorable discharge he started his career at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) as a Bus Operator. During his time with CTA, he achieved the degree of Master Mason and also was a member of the American Legion. He believed in putting forth his best effort and rose in the ranks of the Archer Depot Federal Credit Union to a position on the Board of Directors. He was a seeker of knowledge and continued to pursue higher education.
While still at the CTA, following his entrepreneurial spirit, he received his Insurance and then Real Estate Brokerage License. In 1995, after 25 years, he retired from CTA to start Brenward Realty with his wife Brenda Jones. He maintained his position on the board at Archer until 2005. After relocating to Arizona in 2008, he formed Howard Jones & Associates LLC Real Estate Brokerage & Investments; continuing to follow his strong work ethic and dreams.
Howard was an amazing storyteller who found pleasure in research while sharing his knowledge about history and life. He was always open to a friendly debate on any given topic; staying true to his beliefs while adding a little humor. He was one who cherished his family and friends and enjoyed fun events that made everyone feel welcomed; Howard never met a stranger. He understood the importance of enjoying his journey while leaving precious memories on the hearts of others... and that’s exactly what he did.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings, two nephews, and two great nephews.
He leaves to cherish his loving and devoted wife of 26 years, Brenda Yvette Jones of San Tan Valley, AZ; a beautiful blended family of eight children, Pauline Davies (Jerome) of Canyon Country, CA; Howard Jones (Winifer) of Flossmoor, IL; Charles Paynes (Cristina) of Chicago, IL; Shakina ”Tobie” Paynes of Gary, IN; Tracey Paynes-Campbell (James) of Chicago, IL; Aaron Jones of Phoenix, AZ; Nick Jones of Tempe, AZ; Melissa Jones of Phoenix, AZ; sixteen grandchildren; six brothers; five sisters; one living aunt Earline Mattix of Conyers, GA; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Visitation Friday, August 2, 2019, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home, 11333 S. Central Avenue, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453.
Funeral Service Saturday August 3, 2019, 4:00 PM at Faith Temple, 1459 W. 74th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60636.
Entombment will be private at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
God saw you getting weaker, calmer, so he did what he thought best. He came and stood beside you, and he whispered, “Come to rest.” We could not understand it, no matter how we tried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
- Visitation Friday, August 2, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 2019
- Entombment Private
August 6, 2019
My Uncle Howard had a beautiful spirit. I did not know my dad had siblings up until 2014. He told me he had a brother named Howard and I asked him to call him and introduce us. My dad called and on the other end I heard a soft voice. Howard was very kind and he told me he was happy to meet me. We conversed from time to time and often I would ask him things about he and my dad's siblings. Fast forward to 2018, I was able to meet the voice of the man I had been chatting with for the last 4 years. Howard shared stories about life, and me being a cancer survivor, we had plenty to share. Uncle Howard was a historian and anything I asked him about the family, he was able to share. I marveled at all that he knew. On our last day of the 2018 Family Reunion, Uncle Howard to us on a tour of Mississippi, where his siblings lived, the area where Grandpa Cleave lived, and even the cemetery. Since I didn't have much history, he was able to pour knowledge into me. Thanks Uncle Howard, I am forever grateful. You have gained your wings. In that bright morning, rest well, job well done. You will forever live in my heart.
August 2, 2019
Howard was a really nice guy. He always visited my Mom, whom he affectionately called “Aunt Hazel” every time he was in Como. She was very fond of him. He loved his Conrad family and found joy in researching the family’s history. Every time I saw Howard, he always made me feel like he was happy to see. Always smiled and gave me a hug. The last time I saw him in July of 2018, he gave me a big hug and told me he loved me, and I replied “ love you too cuz”
I will miss my cousin
Carolyn Taylor daughter of “ Aunt Hazel”
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