William Roosevelt Jones

Sunrise: March 30, 1933

Sunset: November 16, 2018

William Roosevelt Jones was born on March 30, 1933 in Hickory, Virginia to Frank Jones and Carrie Blanche (Gatlin) Jones. He departed his earthly life on November 16, 2018 at Norfolk Signature Healthcare Facility.

William was a brother, father, stepfather, step grandfather, uncle, and great uncle. He was educated in the Norfolk Public School system. In 1959 he met and married the love of his life, Vessie H. Branham and from this union they became proud parents of three daughters and one son.

He worked as a Government Civilian at the Norfolk Naval Supply Center, now known as Naval Station Norfolk. He retired after 38 years of service as a General Foreman of Warehouse Building W-143. After retiring in 1988 he worked several part-time jobs to keep active.

He enjoyed life to its fullest and did not leave a stone unturned. He thoroughly enjoyed his weekend traveling adventures and he enjoyed cooking his specialty dishes.

William is pre-deceased by his mother, Carrie Blanche Jones, father, Frank Jones, sisters, Carrie Mae Jones, Pauline Coleman, and a brother, Archie Jones.

William, better known as “Buster,” leaves to cherish his memory, daughter, Thea Diane Jones Cromwell, two stepdaughters, Minta Branham and Ouida Baum and a stepson, Guy Branham. Two nephews, Walter Jones and Elbert Lee Ruffin Jr., three nieces Rosetta Foster, Linda Drake and a very special niece Esther Drake as well as a host of other loving relatives and friends.

He will be dearly missed by all!!

No Public Viewing Memorial Service WATCH MEMORIAL LIVE ONLINE Saturday, November 24, 2018 1:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523

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    Rosetta Foster says

    I am so sorry for the loss of my dear uncle. The death of a loved one is always hurtful. The Bible is a book of comfort. It reassures us that God cares. May the God of all comfort be with you and your Family at this am so sorry for your loss. The death of a loved one is always hurtful. The Bible is a book of comfort. It reassures us that God cares. May the God of all comfort be with his loving daughter and our Family at this time. (2 Corinthians 1:2-4).
    Gone, but NOT forgotten, Uncle Buster!
    Loving niece Rose & Family

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    To The Jones Family,
    Thinking of you and praying for your strength. Continue to cherish the precious memories of your father.
    I remember him being one of the first employees working for the Sentara valet service. He always had a story to tell when I worked at the front desk in the heart lobby. He was truly a no nonsense man on the job!. Having worked all his life, he knew how to manage and work the valet services. I have many memorable laughing moments I will always cherish. Mr. Deloatch always kept me informed on how he was doing.
    Mr. Jones often spoke on how proud he was of his children! Precious memories will always linger…

    Thinking of you,
    Marilyn D. Grant
    Sentara Heart Hospital

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