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Josephine Jones

April 16, 1933 ~ October 31, 2020 (age 87)


Josephine “JJ” Jones (Edwards) died peacefully on Saturday, October 31st, 2020 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the age of 87.

Josephine was born on April 16th, 1933 in Winona, Mississippi to Earley and Lola Edwards. Josephine graduated from Winona High School in 1950, where she was an outstanding basketball player. She married Otto Jones, Sr., her high school sweetheart in 1956. Over the years, the couple welcomed 7 children into their home.  After moving to Cleveland, Ohio, Josephine began working for Lutheran Hospital as a Nursing Assistant, and retired from Suburban Pavilion. Josephine enjoyed her retirement working out at Scandinavian Gym and on various bowling leagues.

Josephine is survived by her children, David Edwards (Latayna), Maple Heights, Ohio; Peggy Jones Scott, Cleveland, Ohio; Timothy Jones (Gwen), Cleveland, Ohio; Otto Jones, Jr. (Michelle), Cleveland, Ohio; Pamela Sparks (Kenneth), Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Michael Jones, Cleveland, Ohio; Phyllis Jones-Tillman (Greg), Streetsboro, Ohio; Christopher Jones, Cleveland, Ohio; one brother-in-law, Mace Jones, Olive Branch, Mississippi; one sister-in-law, Ruth Henderson, Chicago, Illinois; Josephine also leaves 17 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.

In Josephine’s final years, she enjoyed sitting back watching her favorite shows-Goodtimes and Sanford and Son, jamming to anything James Brown aka “JB”; reciting her favorite scripture, Psalms 23 and singing her favorite song “What Did I Say” by Ray Charles. Josephine was full of life and attitude even in her final hours and will truly be missed. 

A special thank you to the entire Sparks Family, for always being there for our mother throughout the last few years. Your willingness to step in at a moment’s notice, your willingness to step in to volunteer, your unconditional love for someone that wasn’t your immediate family member, you stepped up and showed out…and it wasn’t unnoticed nor WILL BE FORGOTTEN.

   ~Your Loving Daughters, Pamela and Reconna

   ~ From your son Tim, “Your my favorite girl!”

And lastly, to my Kenny Boy, the one person who spent every single day and night, talking, singing, dancing and praying with his mother-in-law. All those things brought and kept the light shining bright in her life, to keep going as long as she did. Thank you for being there, until her last breath.



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November 11, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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November 12, 2020

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