Dr. Norman Winfield Jones, Jr.
January 1, 1944 - November 5, 2019
Norman was born on Saturday, January 1, 1944, in Washington, DC to Norman W. (Winfield) Jones, Sr, and Clara Jones. He passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
He spent his childhood and young adult life in Washington, DC with his one-year younger sister Jennifer Jones (Whiting) attending to DC Public schools. In his adolescence he was known for taunting some of his younger cousins as his parents would visit with their siblings, Gretell Irby Jones and Sterling Jones.
Norman completed high school starting at McKinley Technical Senior High School (’59, ’60) and later transferred to Coolidge where he graduated. He followed by serving his country in the US Air Force, where he served as a Dental Technician. After being honorably discharged, he then took the career path of most of his family, Education. He attended DC Teachers College receiving his Masters’ Degree in Education.
It was during his collegiate life that he joined the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity following in the steps of his cousin Burnell Irby.
He went to work, as most of his family did, in DC Public Schools first teaching at Bruce Monroe Elementary where he taught fifth grade.
Norman had a lively social life and was known for showing up at family social gatherings. Notably were the regular get togethers at his sister Jennifer and her husband Elbert’s (Tee) house in Hyattsville and at his cousin’s homes in Takoma Park and DC. He loved beer and would appear in his black Corvette that he traded-in in about 1996 to get his retirement sports car a black 1996 Mazda Miata. He retired in about 1994.
Norman lost his beloved mother Clara in 2001 and became quite reclusive as a result. He spent most of his time in his Summit Place apartment with his cat. He was as his family was, a cat lover. He would not part with the cat despite the ill effects it had on his health.
Norman was an avid reader. When I saw his extensive shelves of books, he assured me that he had read every one of them.
He periodically reached out to his sister Jennifer and other family members by phone. His lack of activity is evidenced by his 1996 car that had 20k miles on it.
I found Norman in the spring 2019 to be quite eccentric in this point in his life. Norman was an avid reader. When I saw his extensive shelves of books, he assured me that he had read every one of them. He obviously marched to the beat of his own drum and had little patience or desire to deal with the complexity of modern- day bureaucracy and technology necessary for the day-to-day navigation through modern adult life.
I had the opportunity share time with him and assist him in this the last year of his life. I am a better person for having that time with my cousin Norman.
Norman was preceded by his parents Norman W. Jones, Sr. and Clara Jones. Also, his first cousins Arlene Irby Crenshaw, Burnell E. Irby, Jr., Lynn Jones and second cousin Rhona Ready. He is survived by his only sibling, sister Jennifer J. and husband Elbert S. Whiting, first cousins Greta V. Irby and Brian Jones and eleven second cousins and their progeny.
He also leaves to deeply mourn his passing, his longtime companion Janice R. Curtis and his good friends, Gary, Joe and Priscilla. Norman will be greatly missed by earthly family and friends.
May he eternally be blessed for his contribution to the lives of his students and those who came to know, appreciate and love him throughout his life.
Robert L. Duncan, Jr. (Bubba)
INTERMENT SERVICES OF THE BELOVED DR. JONES, JR. ARE PLANNED LATER AT A NATIOANL MILITARY CEMETERY.
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