Parnell P.J. Jones
Birth Date: July 4, 1957
Death Date: November 2, 2015
Parnell Jones was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 4, 1957 to his parents John T. Jones and Loretta Jones who both preceded him in death, also his eldest sister Jerolean Walker and younger brother Paul Jones.
Parnell moved to Sacramento in 1959 with his parents where he started kindergarten and continued in school graduating from Washington High School in West Sacramento, CA. In high school Parnell met the love of his life, his high school sweetheart Diane Powers. To this marvelous union three children were born, two daughters and one son; Myria, Clayton and Oliva Jones. Parnell worked as a carpenter for over 15 years until he fell from a ladder injuring his neck. After months of rehabilitation he started his own business repairing furniture from his garage and making custom venetian blinds because he loved working with his hands. While living and working in West Sacramento, Parnell became a pillar in the community whom everyone was acquainted with his loving spirit. Parnell or “P.J.” as some affectionately knew him accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. In his younger years he was a devoted member of St. John Baptist Church. His joy came from spending time with his family and friends. His favorite friends were Harvey West, David Placenia and Tony Jauregui, they loved to talk sports and politics. He loved all his men friends the same. He also loved taking walks and riding his bicycle. Parnell always liked dressing and smelling nice, looking like a millionaire always with a hat on. When he became an Uncle for the first time in 1972 to Jeffery Nash, the first thing he did was put a football in his hand. Parnell loved his hot coffee, eggs and white toast for breakfast and he loved crackers and sherbet ice cream. He had a liking to all kinds of music but he would play gospel for comfort. He played football, basketball and ran track in his younger years. His favorite T.V. shows were Judge Judy, Wheel of Fortune and Dateline. One of the proudest moments in his life was when he became a grandpa. He would light up talking about the grandkids and children and loved having them all around him. Parnell “P.J.” Jones departed from this life on November 2, 2015 from this life taking the hand of the Lord to his new residence in Heaven. He leaves to cherish his memory, Children, Myria Jones, Clayton (Kandi) Jones and Oliva Jones. Grandchildren Chloe and Eli Jones, Nehemiah and Nathan Brown all of West Sacramento, siblings Luevina (Charlie) Edmond, Albert T> Jones, Linda Diane (Allen) Nunley, Lorenzo (Shaunda) Jones and Janice Jones. All of Sacramento, CA. Annie K. Jones of Oakland, CA., Brenda C. Jones-Adkins of Chicago, ILL and a host of cousins, nieces, nephew and friends throughout California and other states.
MEMORIES OF DAD
Myria: Words cannot express how I feel about my fathers Death. It is truly painful, especially because I haven’t spoken to him on a consistant basis over the last eight years. I wish I could go back in time to tell him how much I love and appreciate him for being my Dad. My Dad taught me a lot about life, always be a leader and not a follower, stand up for what you believe in and never give up on your dreams. If you keep your mind focused you can achieve anything in life. that’s probably why I’m so darn stubborn, I’m just like him. I have often been told “You Just like your Dad”
little did everyone know I’m a lot like my Dad. My Dad should have been a comedian, he always had something funny to say, he would have you laughing so hard your stomach would hurt. My Dad had a kind heart, he would give you the shirt off his back. He might have looked like a pit-bull but actually a poodle, a kind loving man.I can say you’re no longer in pain, but in heaven making the other family members laugh.I know you are not with us in the flesh but watching over us, your grandkids; Nathan, Nehemiah Brown and soon to be Na’Riah Miles looks forward to meeting you one day. Dad, you may be gone and your voice silent but you will never be forgotten.
Clayton: My Dad was a very loving man with a big heart and a smile to light a room. He was respected and loved by many people. Dad always had a joke to tell and was the life of the party. He and his High School sweetheart Diane Powers ( My Mom) were together for over 30 years and had three beautiful kids, Myria Jones. Clayton Jones (Me) and Oliva Jones. He would brings us donuts and chocolate milk before school and walk us to the bus stop. One of my fondest memories as a child is when I used to sleep with my dad and it was cold, he told me to rub my feet together fast to get warm, I still do that to this day. My Dad was a Father, Uncle, Brother and Grandfather. He especially loved his grandkids sneaking them a piece of candy or other treats.
Oliva: My dad was a very feisty, fun and outgoing person. He had a hugh heart and a lot of friends. He always kept a smile on my face and knew exactly what to say to lift my spirits. The best memory I have of my dad growing up is coming home from school on a hot day. Dad knew we
were on our way home and always had our pool filled and ready for us to enjoy cooling off when we got home. Dad was more than willing to help anyone in need, he would always put others needs before himself to the point of giving them the shirt off his back.
Maintaining The Glory
While wearing many different hats and behind that infectious smile there was a great story that has been told.
Thank you for allowing all of us to be a part of your life helping to tell your great life story along the way in your final journey.
To my loving brother, A Father, A Uncle and Grandfather. I will always keep you close to my heart.
Your memories will always echo in my mind filling my heart with joy and gladness knowing one day
I will see you again in heaven. Although I can’t see you you will never be far away, I love you and miss you my darling brother Parnell.
Your Loving Sister,
Linda (Diane) Nunley