Linda Mae Jones née ‘Rox, 70, of Cleveland, Ohio, died March 3, 2022 while bravely battling cancer.
Linda was born May 1, 1951, the daughter of Richard Lee Rox Sr. and Sussie Rox née ‘Daniel in Cleveland, Ohio. Linda was the 7th child of eleven children. After Linda left Collinwood High School in 1968, she continued her education at Woodland Job Training Center where Linda met Frederick E. Jones Sr., they were married on July 20, 1969 and had 5 children.
Linda was Baptist at an early age by Reverend Thompson E. Weems at New Bethel Baptist Church and Linda sang in the choir as a child. As her siblings claim, Linda was an amazing makeup artist and hairstylist. Linda was a quiet young child and she loved to sing and often did arts and crafts. Linda was a very clean child and had impeccable ironing and cooking skills.
A “wild child” growing up in the 60s, Linda has always said how much everything changed for her when she met Fred, had her children and Fred would take her on a family trip to the United States. Linda’s family was her sole focus, and she worried about her children and cared for them with Fred until the end. Linda was a free spirit, she believed in flexibility, modifications and constant change. Linda valued loyalty, honesty and authenticity. She believed that everyone needed their ass kicked and believed in old school values. Linda loved music; all; everything from 60s R&B to 70s Disco Soul to early 80s vibes. Linda sang for a short time in Los Angeles, California, and even performed on the “Gong Show.”
Linda had an amazing sense of humor and a lovely laugh! Her wit was sharp as a razor and she was known to say the most shocking thing she could think of, for those who knew her, in hopes of helping you see a new perspective in life, she would ask “who is in your soul”. She made her whole family laugh with her outrageous, exaggerated facial expressions, and all of her silly to serious lyrics.
Linda was kind and mean, generous and compassionate. Even when she spoke angrily and kicked her ass, she was often the first to apologize in her own way and try to fix what was broken. She believed in autonomy and dignity and the right of a person to choose the life that suits them. She struggled with the concept of tough love and was fiercely independent and private. She loved all of her family, despite their quirks and dysfunctions. She cared for them, supported them, protected them, resented them, forgave them, and still continued to love them in her own way. Linda will be sadly missed by all those she leaves behind. Our hearts are so broken by this loss. She was one of a kind and truly a blessing.
Linda was predeceased by her brother Eddie Lee Rox 1945-1971, mother Sussie Rox née ‘Daniel 1921-1978 and father Richard Lee Rox Sr. 1913-1980, brothers Richard Lee Tinker Rox Jr. 1936-1997 , Jimmie Lee Rox 1943 -1999 and sisters Ethel “Tina” Tinker Rox 1940-2003, and Shirley T. Thomas née Rox 1948-2006. She is survived by her husband, Frederick E. Jones Sr., her son, Frederick E. (Karen) Jones Jr. (ex. Angie) – (grandchildren) Amber D. Jones, Ashely Jones and Jerrell Jones. Daughter, C. Moneak Jones – (Grandchildren) Eric M. Jones – (Great-Grandchild Heaven D. Wynn), Amun H. Herring’El, Enlil Y. Herring’El – (Great-Grandchild Khaza Bomani Ahmir Herring’El ), Ninti NI Herring’El, & Azariel IE Herring’El. Daughter, Geneva E. Jones – (grandchildren) Sakiyna Jones – (great-grandchildren LaShonti A. Jones, Lashyra M. Jones, Jack Jones and Isabella R. Jones), Ryan R. Jones Jr., Audria Jones and Ryanna Jones. Sons, Deshaun E Jones (Shantay) – (Grandchildren) India J. Jones, Raven S. Jones and Arielle M. Jones. Daughter, Rowmintoes MM Jones “Tweeba” – (Grandchildren) Zion Bloomfield, Amarie Jones and Ricardo Jones. 5 children 18 grandchildren 6 great-grandchildren. Sisters Rosemary Young née Rox, Littie D. (Charles) Randall née Rox, Diane Rox, brothers Robert L. (Mary) Rox and Michael L. Rox, and nieces and nephews, their children and a host of other relatives and friends .
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Posted by EF Boyd & Son Funeral Home – Cleveland on March 9, 2022.