Houston Native and Basketball Great Dwight Jones Passes Away at 64
Monday, July 25, 2016 marked the end of a remarkable life, as Dwight Elmo Jones Sr. was called home to be with the Lord.
Dwight was a very proud graduate of Phyllis Wheatley High School, and continued to support and serve that community throughout his life.
Jones played college basketball at the prestigious University of Houston under Guy V. Lewis from 1971-73. It wasn’t long before his talents were evident as he entered the arena of Olympians during the 1972 Summer Olympics where he led the team in rebounding as well as scoring. Upon his return from Munich, he began a 10-year career in the NBA after being drafted to the Atlanta Hawks in 1973 as the ninth pick in the first round. He played for the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Jones also played overseas in Trieste, Italy.
It was during this time he married his first wife, Diane Jones, which was a union that produced four beautiful children: Dwikeisha, Dwimeika, Dwight, II and Dawhn Jones.
After retiring from the NBA, Dwight led a successful career in management division of several Lincoln-Mercury dealerships. It was during this time that he met Felicia Jackson, his second wife. Their union allowed them to welcome two more children: Krystal Jackson-Jones and Emanuel Jackson-Jones.
After leading a life devoted to Christ and his family, Dwight leaves behind to carry on his legacy his beloved wife, Felicia; sister-in-law Arnise Jackson; brother-in-law Kevin Downs and his parents-in-law Archie and Necie Jackson.
He also leaves a host of family members from the Jones and Williams side: matriarch Juanita “Queen” Jones; brothers Steven and his wife Laura Jones, Carey and his wife Angela Jones and Kenneth Jones; as well as a sister, Annece Dotson and her husband Don Dotson and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends, colleagues and loved ones.
Survivors include his wife, Felicia Jackson Jones; their daughter, Krystal Jones; and their son, Emmanuel.
Funeral Services were held Monday August 1, 2016 at 11am. at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church 1554 Gears Rd., Houston TX, 77067. Pastor Roderick D. Dawson – Officiating. Interment-Paradise North Cemetery.