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Richard O'NEAL Jones

1946 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Richard O'NEAL Jones Obituary
RICHARD O'NEAL JONES Richard O'neal Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 19, 1946 to Catherine Griffin and RB Jones. He was raised in Saint Louis, Missouri but in his teenage years, moved to Los Angeles, California with his single mother and two sisters, Fayetta and Beverly. Richard married Annie Mae Cheeks in 1971 who was killed in an automobile accident in 1982. Richard is a proud father of six children. In 1999, he married Rose Mallett. This legal union would last 10 years. In 1990. while in prison, Richard embraced his talent as a writer. Richard published "Tips Against Crime, Written from Prison" in 1993. This book would lead to his appearance on television programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show. He also hosed a local cable show where the honorable judge that sentenced him to prison later became a guest on his show. Richard would go on to be an author of more than 15 books; author of hundreds of poems; mentor and outreach coach to at-risk youths and ex-convicts; drug and substance abuse counselor; church deacon, treasurer and usher; newspaper columnist and contributor; playwright of three plays; motivational speaker; guest on radio shows; teacher of parenting classes; comedian; instructor at local community colleges and writer organizations. His last major project that Richard was passionately working on was his line of greeting cards called "Ox and Donkey Relationship Greeting Cards." On March 11, 2015, Richard was in a fatal car accident. Richard is survived by: his mother, Catherine Harvey; sisters, Fayetta Harris and Beverly Jones; children, Yolanda Jones, Rochell Jones-Pitts, Jennifer Jones, Roxanne Jones, Darren Jones and Brandi Jones; his grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:30 a.m. at Cross Word Christian Church, 21401 Box Springs Rd., Moreno Valley, CA.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 20, 2015
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