The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 13, 2013

Obituaries— Wednesday, March 13, 2013



Gerald Jerome Jones Sr.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Gerald Jerome Jones Sr., 62, of Chesapeake, Va., formerly of Rhodell, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, following a long illness.

He was the son of the late George Wilkerson and Dorothy Wilkerson and adoptive parents, Henry and Evangelist Mary Jones.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Freeman and two brothers, George Wilkerson Jr. and Theodore Wilkerson.

Mr. Jones was a former minister of the Apostolic Faith Church in Black Eagle, W.Va. He graduated from Stoco High School. He was a former coal miner for several years. After retirement Mr. Jones relocated in Chesapeake, Va., until time of his demise. He was  loved and will be sadly missed by the family.

He leaves to cherish his memories; two sons, Gerald Jones Jr. of Beckley and Anthony Radford of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Latonia Jones of Boston, Mass.; seven brothers, Earl Jones of Roanoke, Va., Grover Napier Jones of Greenville, S.C., Gilbert Wilkerson of California, Ronald Wilkerson, Timothy Wilkerson and Richard Wilkerson, all of Norfolk, Va., Charlie Wilkerson of Maryland; four sisters, Mary Jones of New York, Evelyn Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., Gladys Bailey of Norfolk, Va. and Paula Wilkerson of Washington, D.C.; brother-in-law, Lonnie Freeman of Pearisburg, Va.; six grandchildren, Gazzmine Jones, Tajiia Hardy, Jonathan Woods, Autumn Evans, Ty’youn Whitehead and William Scott; three great-grandchildren, Aayiah, Khloe and Kaleb; one great-great-grandchild, Taylor Simone; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, march 14, 2013, at the Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, W.Va.

Viewing will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements provided by Durgan Funeral Services, 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

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