Rufus Leon Jones

Passed 04/06/2020

Obituary for Rufus Leon Jones

Rufus Leon Jones, age 55, of Altamonte Springs, FL, formerly of Watkinsville, GA passed April 6, 2020.

Private graveside services will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Oak Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, 1730 Mcrees Mill Road, Watkinsville, GA. Viewing, Saturday 1-3 PM, at the funeral home.

Survivors include: son, Leon Alef de Souza Jones; daughter, Vit’oria Louise de Souza Jones; sisters, Glenda Jones, Barbara Lady B Sims, and Katrese Jones; brothers, Herold Sims, Leonard (Lesley) Jones and Michael (Cheylon) Jones; aunts, Mattie (Al) Thornton, Leila Walter, Annie (William) Swelle and Lessie (Alvergis) Gantt; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements by Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home.

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I was a teammate of Leon's at Valdosta State. Leon was a great teammate and good friend. He was competitive and a phenomenal athlete. Although we did not stay in touch over the years I thought of him often. He most definitely influenced my life in a positive way. I was very sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for his family. Rest In Peace friend!
- Mark Wienbarg
My brother... I have enough fond memories to fill a lifetime thanks to you. I don't even know where to start. Your spirit, big heart, overflowing compassion will live with me forever. I remember those nights waaaaaaay back when...when we worked together in Baker Hill. We'd be in the office for what seemed like forever wrapping up. I don't know which one of us nodded off or you lol. We had each other's backs like we'd known each other since birth. I never thought I'd ever meet another person that I could call a womb-to-tomb friend that I hadn't known since grade school...but you made me reconsider that notion. My brother, you'll be missed. Truly, my womb to tomb brother. Much love, rest on warrior!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Cornell Reeves
Leon was my big teddy bear. Very kind & humble. Everyone I met loved him very much & it was a beautiful experience. He will forever be with me in my heart.
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You are in my thoughts and prayers. My condolences to the family. "Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts." Rest in Peace! College friend: Dr. Sonja "Fluffy" Rice
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He was a nice guy to work with
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You will truly be missed
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Leon was a great guy. He had a great personality, alway smiling I enjoyed taking classes with him. I'm praying for the family.
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To the family, I'm sending my condolences. A sad loss in losing Leon, but the victory he's gained is everlasting. Rest in heaven bigg guy, I love you for being my friend!
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My college days would not have been the same without Leon.He lived every day to the fullest with a smile on his face, love in his heart, and a persistent determination to succeed-regardless of any setbacks he faced. Through many of Leon's stories, I came to learn that his greatest joy in life was not only basketball, but his unconditional love for family. In so many conversations, he expressed his gratitude for having a family that was always there for him and never gave up on him. This is the same love that Leon gave back to so many others, especially his children. He treasured his children and every moment he got to spend with them. He lived a life of love, not by words, but by his actions. As you process through this difficult time, I pray that you find comfort in remembering how much of a blessing Leon was to be around. May memories of him and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the coming days. With prayers and sympathy, Candace
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Such a truly good and kind man !! You will be missed my friend !! May God bring peace to family and friends. Wayne
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With deepest sympathy, praying for your family during this difficult time. Ms. Katina Reeves and Mrs. Ruffin Reeves, Shorterville, Alabama.
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Um grande amigo por onde jogou coleciona admirao pelo seu carter. Obrigado pelo prazer de conviver com voc. Sentimentos a famlia.
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I will say without a doubt, Leon was one of the kindest guys to walk the halls of OCHS! Our class of 1983, loved and respected Leon. Prayers lifted for his loved ones, Dianne Farmer Brown
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Such a wonderful person who will be deeply missed. Condolences to the family.
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Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
- Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home

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