Reflection of Life
Xavier Jones, Jr. was born to Allie (Wesley) Jones and Xavier Jones, Sr. on December 26, 1929. Xavier was born in Bodcaw, Arkansas and was the eldest of four children: Mae Jewel, Rosie Mae and Bobbie Jene.
Xavier was married to Mary Lillie (Jones) Joiner (deceased) for 21 years. Their union bore four daughters, Deborah Oldham (Scott), Janice Frazier, Tanya Jones-Maddox and Shironne Jones.
Xavier proudly served in the U.S. Army for 24 years attaining the rank of Command Sergeant Major. During his dedicated service, Xavier was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Retiring from service in 1970, Xavier relocated his family from Fort Benning, Georgia to Texarkana, Arkansas. He became a talented carpenter and purchased and renovated several abandoned properties in Texarkana, renting them at very affordable prices.
Xavier loved his family very much and encouraged them throughout their adult lives. In his later years, he gifted his daughters with the investments of land and several properties that he had acquired, operating under the business name of Jones Enterprises.
Xavier was an advocate for children and animals. For more than 50 years, he donated to World Vision, International, an organization that focuses on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience the fullness of life. He also frequently opened his home to stray cats, dogs and on occasion, a raccoon or opossum.
Xavier is preceded in death by Allie (Wesley) Jones, mother, Xavier Jones, Sr., father, Mary Lillie (Jones) Joiner, former wife, and Denita Oldham, granddaughter. Left to cherish Xavier’s memory are his four daughters, three sisters, grandchildren Deanna Dudley (Dion), Kevin Nelson (Zaneta), Jermaine Harrington, Xavier DeShaun Jones (Alexis), Danielle Nelson and Elijah Thomas; and 19 great- grandchildren.
Xavier will also be sorely missed by numerous friends and family members in other states and by his beloved pet companions Mama Cat (Diamond) and dog Shaggy Mae.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910. Inurnment will be at Pikes Peak National Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.