Seventy-nine years of a useful life ended when Henry Clay Jones, Jr. was called from this earthly scene. It is God’s will that the laborer shall sleep. Let tired laborers be encouraged; there is time for rest. Let the mourners be comforted. Your loved one, who served the Savior, is just sleeping. Henry shall awake to the newness of life.
Henry Clay Jones, Jr. was born on September 15, 1940, to Henry Clay Jones, Sr., and Nola Jones in San Antonio, Texas. He was the youngest of three children. Henry’s Christian commitment started at a young age, when he committed his life to Christ, and was baptized at the Union Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas.
He obtained his early education in the public schools in San Antonio, Texas. After graduation from Wheatley High School, he moved to Portland, Oregon to live with his uncle, Lorenzo McDavid. Henry later moved to California, to be closer to his sisters.
Henry joined the Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Jose, CA. and faithfully sung in the male choir. Early in the 70’s, Henry started a video ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church, recording video tapes of the Sunday morning worship service for Pastor Willie T. Gaines.
Henry worked for the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose, CA. After 22 years of service, he retired in 1995 and later moved to Kingsville, Texas, where he lived until the Lord called him home.
Henry loved the Lord, and he loved his family. His passion was working with youth. His joy was sports—all sports.
Henry enjoyed track. When he was in high school, he ran track and was “all state.” In his early 20’s, he enjoyed bowling at the 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, California, and served as president of the league.
He also played football, and was mentored by his coaches. In his mid-20’s, Henry was the president of Young Adults Work Program, where he helped “at risk youth.” In the 1970’s, he began coaching youth football for San Jose Central PAL, and he became the president of the league. During the 1980’s he mentored the youth. He was active with the NAACP as well.
His life was spent serving others through many athletic programs, especially children and youth. He saw the need and benefit of working with the youth in order to help them to enter society.
Henry joined the San Jose Central Football, the Pop Warner-Youth football-Cheerleading program, which requires academic standards in order to participate. Henry served as a coach and president for many years.
When Henry moved to Kingsville, Texas, he organized the Pop Warner- Youth Football-Cheerleading program there. He was also the director of the Fredrick Douglas Youth Center there. Henry loved to guide the youth down the right path. All of the time he spent with the youth was nonprofit.
Those left to celebrate his life and cherish precious memories are his beloved wife, Debra Jones; his children, Andrew Jones of Kingsville, Texas, Brandon Finch (Jennifer) of Alamogordo, New Mexico; Greg Jones (Angel), and Kevin Jones (Adriana) of Somerset, California; Henry Jones III, and Harold Jones of Las Vegas, Nevada; his two sisters, Norma Jean Soliz, and Rev. Dr. Katherine Gooden (Quillie) of San Jose, California, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many relatives and friends.
Services will be June 12, 2020 at 11:30 am (PT), but due to COVID-19 regulations, services will be private and attendance limited to immediate family. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local youth sports organization in his memory. Services will be available via live stream. You can access the live stream and share words of comfort on the Tribute Wall via the following link: https://www.darlingandfischergardenchapel.com/tributes/Henry-JonesJr. PASSWORD: henry
A life lived as Henry Jones, Jr. lived cannot die,
but will live on in the hearts, memories, and ideals
of all those who knew and loved him.