BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Maurice Nathaniel Jones was born on March 25, 1957, in Lancaster. In the early morning of January 28, 2020, God dispatched an angel to carry him home.
Mr. Jones was the son of the late Nathaniel Jones and Mary Susan Nickens-Jones. He was preceded in death by his siblings; sisters Shirley Jones, Maurice’s twin Marva Jones Blake and her husband Charles; and brothers Thomas Jones and William Nickens.
Maurice joined Willie Chapel Baptist Church at an early age where he attended until graduation from high school. He attended Brookdale Elementary School in his early years and later went to Lancaster High School where he developed a love for basketball. He played for several years while attending Lancaster High. Maurice went to work at Newport News Shipbuilding and later went on to join the U.S. Army on August 2, 1978. He retired a sergeant first class after 20 years of service with high honors.
After retiring from the Army, Maurice worked for Johnson & Johnson for several years. Later, he went to work for the Department of Education at PS 208 as the head custodial engineer. At the time of his passing, Maurice was the custodial engineer for two schools with the Department of Education and a proud 891 Union member.
Maurice was a spirited God-fearing man with a strong presence; you knew when he was in a room. He would talk to anyone who would listen, no matter who you were. He would have a solution to problems whether you wanted it or not. Maurice had a big heart and spent his life caring and looking out for his loved ones. He was a kind man that you could always count on.
Maurice will be missed by all. The patriarch of the family. The fish fryer, rib cooking, fried turkey maker master at all events. His passing will leave a huge void in our lives, simply irreplaceable.
Mr. Jones leaves to mourn his loving wife of 20 plus years, Paulette Clark-Jones; his two sons, Jason Jones and Terrell Jones; stepdaughter Roslyn Clark-Townsend and husband Terry; stepsons Roy Clark and his wife Shana, Renee, Howard Clark; and aunt Louise Carter. Also, grandsons, Jamie Jones and Liam Clark; granddaughters Jordan Jones and Samira Jones; brothers-in-law, Teddy Clark, Derrick Clark, Al Clark, Dwayne Clark and sister-in-law Diane Clark; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews and friends.
Maurice was laid to rest in Calverton National Cemetery in Wading River, N.Y., with military honors.