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WALTER FRANKLIN JONES, SR.

September 2, 1912 February 6, 2010
WALTER FRANKLIN JONES, SR.
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Walter Franklin Jones, Sr. was born in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland on September 2, 1912, to the late William and Lena (Morsell) Jones. Walter was one of nine sons and three daughters.Walter attended the public schools of Calvert County and married the late Janie Sophia Jones on September 4, 1937. From that union they were blessed with four children. Together with their children they worshipped at St. Edmonds United Methodist Church and Plum Point United Methodist Church. He frequently worshipped at Christ is the Answer Church in Annapolis, Maryland and Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. until his stroke in July 2007.Even when he was unable to attend church, church was brought to him through DVD recordings of church services at Mt. Gilead, televangelism and gospel CDs. He loved the Lord and believed God had him in his hands for he lived to be 97 years, 5 months and 4 days young!Walter worked as a foreman doing construction work. He was a member of the Local #74 Laborers Union. Together he and Janie were chef cooks for many years and enjoyed working alongside each other on the farm.Walter was a gentle giant with a sense of humor. He had such a big heart. Fondly known as Gramps, Hard Knot, Unc and Cool Papa to name a few. Family was important to him. It didn't matter if you shared his blood line or not, he made you feel like you were one of his own. He greeted everyone with a smile, handshake, open arms and a hug. He was a friend to us all. Walter was blessed with so many visiting angels and they all took their jobs seriously. When some of his great-grands would visit they took pride in participating in his care. Dominique would suction, talk and pray with him. Semaj with her pink gloves (pink being her favorite color) would pass baby wipes and lotion his arms and legs all the while talking to him and 3 year old CJ would be on sound alert. If he heard Gramps coughing or making any noise, he would seek us out sometimes yelling. Uncle Faur, Aunt Tee, Aunt Joyce - Gramps is calling you, he needs help, go check on him. Deion and Alysa would keep chatter and laughter in his room constantly peeking up on him. Now whenever Gramps was in the hospital, Ruby and Zara were on Unc Patrol - keeping the staff on their toes and Mac would have prayers. Nurse James "JB" would take care of Gramps whenever we (Joyce, Tawanna, Faur and Wesley) had to be away from the house. Donnell and Carlon "Pee Wee" 24/7 aides on call assisting in changing Gramps, filling the kerosene stoves whenever Faur was running late, as well as going to the dump and snow removal. Aunt Juanita, the faithful telephone angel, calling and checking in. And then there were Aunt Dorothy and Cousin Zelma, food angels. Whenever they felt we were overwhelmed, they would send a truckload of food to sustain and keep us so that we could focus on Gramps. Walter was a blessing and a joy to know. We thank God for blessing us to make his last days comfortable in his own home.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lena (Morsell) Jones, his wife, Janie, his son, Walter Jr. (Carol Ann), his son-in-law Raymond Rice, his grandson, Andre, his great-granddaughter, Amarie, his sisters and brothers-in-law Ada Gorman (Warren Gorman), Marybelle Brown (Wilford Brown, Sr.) and Alice Parran (Hamilton); his brothers and sisters-in-law Leroy (Kate), Genious (Mary), Joseph (Henrietta), Benjamin, Rudolph, Earle and William; and a sister-in-law Gertrude Jones.The foundation for Walter's life was his belief in God and his loving, devoted and supportive family. His long and fruitful life came to an end when he was peacefully called home on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, Maryland. He leaves to celebrate his life his children, Earl (Sandra), Joyce, Wesley and James "JB"; cherished memories to his grandchildren, Wanda, Ricardo, Roxanne (Emerson), Faur (Tawanna), Michelle, Damian, Darrell, Kevin (Angie), James, Imani, and Ch; his great-grandchildren, Brittney, Dominique, Tiara, Tr, Bria, Semaj, Deion, CJ, Alysa and Malik. He is also survived by his brother, Ralph; sisters-in-law Dorothy, Gertrude, Theo, Juanita, Corinna, Maude and Alice; brothers-in-law, Joseph and Samuel; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Cemetery:

Young\'s Cemetery 4230 Hunting Creek Road Huntingtown, MD 20639 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Thursday, February 18, 2010 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 AM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Thursday, February 18, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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