“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though they die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Norris Jones, Sr., affectionally known as “Butter”, was born April 4, 1966 in Washington, D.C. to Stanley Jones and Gladys Thompson (Bryson). Norris Jones, Sr. enjoyed playing basketball in his high school days. He attended H.D. Woodson High School and graduated in 1985. He was the youngest of four children. On December 5, 1987, he met and married his wife of 33 years, Valerie Maddrey, of Washington, D.C. Shortly after marriage, God blessed them with three children Latia, Angel, and Norris, Jr.
Norris worked tirelessly every day for 15 years at Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. First as a driver, then promoted to a heavy equipment operator - often times working the bandwagon on Saturdays. He believed a man is supposed to provide for his family. He was a no-nonsense worker and no-nonsense Dad. He was true to his God, family, and job.
He meditated on God’s word day and night. He shared the love of Jesus with everyone he met. He always said put God first in everything you do. He knew that God was greater in every situation he faced. He always stood by, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.
Norris had a passion for photography and music. He documented every adventure with a picture or song. He loved to travel. He was known to go on cruises, as the sound of the ocean was relaxing to him. He was a jack of all trades. He was everything from A to Z…. landscaper, mechanic, plumber, carpenter, cook, singer, guitar/keyboard player etc. He did it all.
His wife Valerie was the love of his life. They were inseparable. He was her protector, rock, and best friend. He would lay down his life for his wife. They were high school sweethearts and truly soulmates. Ephesians 5: 25 - “for husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her”.
Norris loved his children and was a father to the fatherless. He believed discipline without love is abuse. You should not give one without the other. He believed in Proverb 22:6 - “train up a child, in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it”. He instilled integrity, strong work ethics, and the unwavering love of God. He made sure he created memories that would last a lifetime for his children and grandchildren.
At a young age, he attended Garden of Prayer in Washington D.C. During the past 20 years, he was a faithful member of the National Church of God in Fort Washington, Maryland, where Pastor Steven L. Lowery presides. Norris slipped away quietly on November 22, 2020 with his family by his side. The family will remember his journey home as only a moment in time because Norris lived a full life throughout his 54 years here on this earth.
He leaves to celebrate his life and legacy his wife of thirty-three years, Valerie Jones; son, Norris (Jaybird) Jones, Jr.; two daughters, Latia (Dun-ka) Jones and Angel (Angelcake) Jones (William Cokley Jr.); two grandchildren Triniti (Trinboo) and Anthony (Mumu); honorary son Darian Jones; honorary brother, Shelly Lancaster; Godchild Adrian Lancaster, II; three sisters, Theresa Lancaster, Phyllis Lytes (Nathaniel) and Terri Dubois-Jones (Warren); brother, George Bryson; five sister-in-loves, Diane (William Adams III), Annie Maddrey, Kim Maddrey, Angela (Louis Payne Sr.), and Angelene (James Jones Sr.); one brother-in-love, Roosevelt Maddrey; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.
As Norris travels to his eternal home in Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he will be reunited with his mother, Gladys Bryson and dad, Stanley Jones who preceded him in death.