Harold Wayne “Duke” Jones age 63 of Bluefield, West Virginia formerly of Thorpe, West Virginia departed this life on April 7, 2021 in Roanoke, Virginia following a M. S. illness with his loving wife by his side. 

Duke as he was affectionately known to many was the son of the late David Thomas Jones Sr. and Lydia Padgett Jones of Jenkinjones, West Virginia.

Duke was educated in the McDowell County School System and graduated from Gary District High School.  He begin his working career at an early age.  He was a Coal Miner having worked at No. #9, #6, and #4.  After many years of working and due to M. S. taking effect on his body Duke retired from the Coal Mines.

Duke enjoyed working and in addition to many knowing him as “Duke,” he was also known as the “Candy Man” as he always had some type of candy in his possession.  He had love and compassion for any and everyone he met, he also loved to work on cars, go shopping and most importantly family was very important to him and was over everything as this was his world.  Duke was a humble man of God, a Saved Man, as his Christian journey begin under the leadership of the late Bishop Arnie H. Joyce on the “Green Bus.”  He was a member at Mt. Harmon Holiness Church of God, Miracle Mt. Carmel Holiness Church of God and New Life Fellowship Church until failing health as Pastor John Hale continued to assist Duke in his walk with Christ.

Duke was one of a kind and did not mind doing anything that he could to put a smile on someone’s face.  Seeing him happen would melt your heart as it was almost impossible to out do him in the love that he shown.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, niece, and recently his brother Bishop David T. Jones Jr., sister Donna Jones and a brother-in-love David F. Powell. 

Left to cherish his memories is his wife of 25 years Thomasina L. Jones of the home who is and was the love of his life; his mother-in-law, Phyllis M. Powell of Gary, West Virginia; His children:  Minister Tiffany (Jamaine) Gammon of Lemon Grove, San Diego California; Tenika Jones of Gary, West Virginia; Margaret (Miles) Palmer of Bluefield, West Virginia; Charlie Tynes of North Carolina; Chyna and Motez of Gary, West Virginia; his special sons and caregivers:  Richard Thomas Wilson, Steven “Stebbie Lee” Wilson, Timothy “DeShawn” Nowlin and John Lee Randall (Crystal) all of Bluefield, West Virginia.  Four special caregivers:  Nada Powell, Gezelle Brown, Sasha Powell and Jada Powell all of Bluefield, West Virginia; 17 grandchildren and four new special additions to the family:  Zaid Nowlin, Kingston Wilson, Zeke Powell, Gianna “Gee Gee” Brown.  Seven sisters:  Mary “Tee” Weaver of Kimball, West Virginia; Linda (Ronnell) Thomas of Thorpe, West Virginia; Barbara (Dave) Martin of Columbus, Ohio; Lydia (Ervin) Joyce of Thorpe, West Virginia; Pastor Karen (Jules) Gautier of Gary, West Virginia; Bonnie (Derick) Thomas of Harrisonburg, Virginia; Delores Jones of Gary, West Virginia; and Jermaine Jones of Princeton, West Virginia.  One special brother Ervin Joyce of Thorpe, West Virginia.  Four sister-in-laws:  Katinia (Paul) Mitchem of Queens, New York; Rochelle (Lamont) Jeffries of Salisbury, North Carolina; Audra (Troy) Graves of Jamestown, North Carolina;  and First Lady Vanessa Jones of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  One Aunt Thelma Padgett of Thorpe, West Virginia.  A Special niece Crystal Weaver of Kimball, West Virginia, along with special nephews:  Howard “Peppy” Weaver, Deon Joyce, Elder Deon Jones all of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Cedric Thomas of Princeton, West Virginia, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Special friends:  His brothers from another mother, Larry Lawson, Danny Walker, George Rash and Clarence “Smoke” White.  A special sister from another mother Monica Brown.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, April 17th at Midway Shiloh Temple, 33034 Coal Heritage Road, Keystone, WV. Viewing will start at 10:00 a.m. with service starting at 11:00 a.m. Widener Funeral Home in Northfork, WV 24868 is in charge of arrangements.


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