T.J. “Jeff” Jones has been involved in the Jones Funeral Home for nearly 40 years—working as an attendant, embalmer, director, manager and, now, owner. He and his wife, Mary, live in Kankakee. He is the father of three daughters: Ericca, Lydia, and Ashley, and one son, Kevin. Jeff is an ordained Baptist Deacon. Over the years he has served his community as a member of the County Board, the Housing Authority Board, and as a City of Kankakee Official. Jeff is a 1967 graduate of Kankakee Eastridge High School. He attended Morehouse College and graduated from Kankakee Community College and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He was honorably discharged from the Illinois National Guard.
John “Andre” Bowden has relocated back to Kankakee, with his wife Eticia, after spending much of his life in Florida. Andre is the father of 8 children, 6 girls and 2 boys, and is a proud grandfather of 4. He is the third generation in the Jones family to work in the funeral home. His mother is Diane (Jones) Jordan, and Jeff is his uncle. He received his bachelor’s in business administration and economics from Florida A&M University, and his degree in mortuary science from St. Petersburg College. He will soon be licensed in Illinois, as Funeral Director. Andre is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He previously worked as a general manager in the restaurant industry, as a funeral attendant at Smith Funeral Home in St. Petersburg, Florida, and as administrative manager with Aikens Funeral Home in Tampa, Florida. Andre is excited to continue the tradition of “Service with Dignity”.
Carolyn was born in Kankakee, Illinois and attended schools in Kankakee District 111, graduating from Kankakee Westview High School, going on to Business School in Michigan. She has worked for the Jones Funeral Home for more than fifteen years as secretary and now Office Manager along with various other duties required at the business and most recently has become a Preneed Counselor.
Carolyn is the mother of Jursalle J. and the grandmother of two grand-daughters. She is an active member of the Morning Star Baptist Church serving on the Senior Usher Ministry and an active worker on community projects. In her spare time she reads and bakes.