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Ernest L. Jones, Jr.

July 31, 1948 December 29, 2020
Ernest  L. Jones, Jr.
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Monday, January 11, 2021
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Wood Funeral Home, Inc.
5537-39 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19131

Interment: Private

Life's Reflections

A humble and gentle spirit surrounded this child of God. Ernest Leroy Jones, Jr. was born on July 31, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the oldest of five children to the late Sarah Elizabeth Jones and Ernest, Sr.
A devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, Ernest was steeped in faith and led his life guided by the Holy Spirit. As a young child, he was baptized and became a lifelong member of Holsey Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
Educated in the Philadelphia school system, Ernest was a graduate of John Bartram High School. After high school, his interest and fascination with the operation of trains and machinery landed him a position at Conrail, where he became an Engine Mechanic. Several years later, he moved over to SEPTA where he continued work as a Locomotive Mechanic. During his tenure with SEPTA, he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a Trouble Desk Supervisor before his well-deserved retirement - with a combined service of thirty plus years.
Throughout his life, Ernest deepened his connection to Christ and worked tirelessly as an active member of Holsey Temple CME. His devotion to the church never wavered and included his dedication as a deacon, Board of Trustees member, Property Chair, and many other committees and organizations. It was during his younger years at Church that he met Cassandra Valentine, and they married. From this union, they became parents to three children - Nicole, Amber, and Ernest III.
Always willing to lend his time and talent whenever and wherever needed, Ernest was the consummate authority on all things in need of repair. He always put great thought into the “project” and its projected outcome. When not working on a project, you could find Ernest hanging out with a heavy-duty fishing pole on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean or one of his favorite spots in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Ernest always had a positive outlook, and his zest for life flourished after meeting Vera Michelle Miller. Their relationship blossomed into best friends and soul mates, which drew them together in matrimony. During their marriage, they enjoyed traveling to vacation destinations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. And, one of his fondest memories was the celebration party of his milestone 70th birthday, hosted by Vera.
On Tuesday, December 29, 2020 in the still of the afternoon, the Lord stepped in, gently took his hand, and peacefully led Ernest to his heavenly home.

Exceptional memories will be cherished by his loving wife Vera Michelle; his three adult children - Nicole Yvette, Amber Elise (Toni), and Ernest Leroy III; granddaughters Mikiyah and Haylee, and great-grandson Zacari. Heartfelt memories will forever be with his siblings - Eric (Monica), Kevin (Brenda), Kenneth, and Cheryl (Malik). A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, friends, and his Holsey Temple family will also feel the absence of this extraordinary person. He has now moved on to receive his promised reward.
This is only a part of his story. He and God know the rest. Yes, God is his savior and he considered Him the best. As Ernest would say, “Everything is Perfect”.
Submitted in remembrance,
The Family

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