We celebrate life of our beloved Donne W. Jones, of Norfolk, VA who passed on July 16, 2021, at the age of 54 years old.
Donne was a loving son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He will be fondly remembered by his mother, Jean Jones; sisters, Laseeta Lowery and Lavenna (Trevor) Swan; nephew, Torree Cannon; nieces, Latique Albergottie, Lakia Jordan, and Nolly Swan; great nephews and nieces; as well as numerous cousins, family and friends.
He will also be dearly missed by his friends and co-workers at the LifeNet Health where he was Director of Learning & Organizational Development and former co-workers at Norfolk Southern Railroad where he was Manager of Health Promotions and Wellness. He had approximately 30 yrs of experience in human resources with a focus on workforce development/training.
Donne was born in Portsmouth VA on January 25, 1967 and this is where he grew up and graduated from Cradock High School in 1985. He then attended Old Dominion University where he obtained both his Bachelor’s degree in 1990 and Master’s degree in 2002.
During his childhood, Donne pursued many interests from sports to art to music to pets. He was an avid sports enthusiast and a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings. He played many different sports including baseball, softball, golf, volleyball, football, track and field, tennis, and badminton to name a few. He was an artist who loved to draw and paint.
He loved animals of all kinds but especially his English bulldog “children”, Blondie Mae and BooBoo Mae. He would often talked about his 20+ years of ownership of seven generations of English bulldogs.
Donne was also an adventurer. He loved to travel and had traveled all over the world for both pleasure and business visiting 6 of the 7 continents. He was a collector of antiques with a strong affinity for clocks and was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He was a collector of antique art and furniture as well.
While Donne was a very private person and mostly stayed to himself, his kindness and compassion were continuously demonstrated in his willingness to always be there when called upon, to cheer others on from the sidelines, lend a helping hand or ear, and/or provide uplifting and encouraging advice and support.
We love you Donne and we will forever carry you in our hearts. Rest well my brother, until we meet again………