In Loving Memory Of

Date of BirthAugust 15, 1933

Erma Lee Jones Obituary

Date of BirthAugust 15, 1933

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Date of PassingFebruary 20, 2022

Erma Lee Jones Obituary

from Tampa, Florida, United States

Date of BirthAugust 15, 1933

Erma Lee Jones Obituary

Date of BirthAugust 15, 1933

298 Views

Date of PassingFebruary 20, 2022

Erma Lee Jones Obituary

from Tampa, Florida, United States


In Loving Memory Of

Erma Jones, 88, of Tampa, Florida, transitioned from this life to her heavenly home on February 20, 2022 at 3:40pm at St. Joseph's Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday March 5, 2022 11:00am at St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 2504 Chipco Street Tampa, FL 33605 with Reverend Bartholomew Banks Sr., officiating. MASK RECOMMENDED. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Deaconess Erma Lee James Jones was born on August 15, 1933, in Quincy, FL, to Frank James and Ethel Lee Isaac James. She gave her life to the Lord at an early age and was converted at St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church (Quincy). She met the love of her life, the late Deacon Johnny Lee Jones Sr., in Quincy and relocated to Tampa for employment and to start their family.

As a woman who always took pride in her appearance from head to toe, she demonstrated her passion by making other women beautiful as a Beautician in the West Tampa Community for over forty years. She was a gifted cook and fed meals to people who were hungry. Mrs. Jones not only cooked for her family and neighbors but also for her St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Family, the Beautician Uniy (Orange Blossom Cosmetology United, of Tampa), and catered many weddings and events.

Mrs. Erma Lee James Jones loved the Lord and was a faithful member of St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. F. G. Hilton until his demise. She remained resolute in her service to the Lord under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Bartholomew Banks, Sr. and Lady Vanessa Banks whom she adopted as Godchildren. She was a dedicated member of Choir #3, the Mass Choir, the Deaconess Ministry, and the Kitchen Committee. Also, she loved being around the Gospel Music Workshop of America family (Tampa Chapter), attending many concerts and traveling with them to conventions. At a mature age with excitement and determination in 2009, she travelled to Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration of the first Black president of the United States, former President Barack Obama.

Mrs. Erma Lee Jones achievements were numerous. She provided care to indigent and mentally handicapped clients for over 40 years in her home, the Jones Foster Care Home. As matriarch of her family, she ensured that her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren reached their highest potential. She provided financial assistance to her loved ones for housing and education, especially her siblings, children, grandchildren and God children.

She proceeded in death by: her parents; siblings, Enoch James, Corine Murray, Gradis James, Catherine Ellis, and Emitt James; great-great grandson, Riki Demark; one of her bestfriends and colleague, Leonora Hankerson Brady.

To cherish her memories, she leaves her children, Sylvia A. Jones Morris, Johnny Lee Jones, Jr. (Sharon), Robin F. Glenn (Sharon), Reginald F. Jones; grandchildren, Shonese Gardner, Sonia Jones (Willie), Jonathan J. Glenn (Angelica), Sharde N. Glenn, Lil Erma Morris (Deonis), Charlene Andrew (Daniel) and Johnny Lee Jonez III (Shauntaye); great-grandchildren, Santana Williams, Tejano Gardner, Jr., LaBresha Lango (Tajh), Jahlil Powell, Zion McCray, Derrick Lango, Chazaric Allen, Quantico Thomas (Derrick), Quashonna Thomas, Keyanna Jones, Chyann Andrews, Cleveland Millis II, Collins Andrew and Daniel Andrew Jr.; a host of nieces, nephews, God children, other family members, neighbors and friends.

The family would like to thank April Nelson, Christine Thomas and Catherine Alon for providing loving health care, and to Accent Care Hospice (Tampa) for ensuring that our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, auntie, cousin, neighbor and friend was comfortable during her final transition.

Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022 at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606.  MASK RECOMMENDED

This obituary is administered by:
~ Sharon Briggs ~