Celebrating the life of Maceo M. Jones, Sr.
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Maceo spent his formative years in Chesterfield County, Virginia, developing his interest in agriculture. He was baptized and worshiped in First Baptist Church on Centralia Road, attending Sunday School and later serving on the Junior Usher Board. Maceo received his early education at Centralia Elementary School. He completed D. Webster Davis High School and Trade School focusing on masonry, mechanical drawing and blue printing. As a youth, he developed various agricultural skills having been raised on his parent’s farm, which was used to demonstrate the modern agricultural technologies during that time. Maceo was also an essential asset in the operations of his mother’s poultry business.
During the Black County Fairs in Chesterfield, he helped his mother with registration and exhibit responsibilities, worked the fair entrances for years and as an active member in the 4-H Club, he often participated in exhibit and animal competitions. Despite his duties on the farm, he found time to work part-time at the Half-Way House in Chesterfield. After high school, he pursued a military career in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in Great Lakes, Illinois and Cheatham Annex in Williamsburg, Virginia, discharging as a Ship’s Cook 3rd Class (SC3c).
Maceo returned home to continue his education at Virginia State College after his discharge and pursued a career path in construction as a bricklayer. He worked locally in the Richmond metropolitan area but relocated to Washington, D.C. There, he renewed his friendship with Jennie Ethel Branch, whom he met in Amelia County when they were children. In his youth, he often traveled to Amelia County by bicycle to visit his grandparents, family and friends. Ethel and Maceo were married in Washington, D.C. and soon relocated to Richmond, Virginia. To this union one daughter Marcia Fannette and one son Maceo Millard Jr. were born.
In 1955 Maceo started Jones Masonry Company. For a short time, he explored the restaurant business by opening a restaurant in Church Hill. He later became a partner of Brook and Jones Company and concluded his career as a founder of Twin Construction Company in which he partnered with Voll P. Green Jr. For many years, he was a member and served in various positions in the Progressive Social Club located on Cary Street in Richmond.
Maceo enjoyed fishing, farming/gardening and performing automotive tasks. In his later years, he often shared his time with friends who were building race cars and performing other mechanical tasks. Also, it delighted him to share his knowledge and wisdom with DaeQuan Ford and his brothers as well as other youth in the community. When he gave advice, he would often say, “Let me get you straight now …”.
Cherishing memories of him are his daughter Marcia F. Jones, son Maceo M. Jones Jr. (Amtullah), mentee DaeQuan Ford, granddaughters Sonya LaTese Edwards (Ernest) and Natasha Jones, great granddaughters Erin and Elexis, sister-in-law Mary Ann Hawkes, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 3:00PM at Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia, 10300 Pridesville Road, Amelia, VA 23002.
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangements.
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