Clifton Lee Jones

clifton jones

July 20, 1950 ~ March 12, 2023

Born in: Dallas, Texas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Clifton Lee Jones, age 72, passed away on March 12th, 2023 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX nearly 9 months after a surprising diagnosis and a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Clifton was born on July 20, 1950, in Dallas, Texas to C.L. Jones, Sr. and Juanita Rodgers Jones. He accepted Christ at an early age through his membership at the Goodwill Baptist Church and later converted to Catholicism where he was an active believer until his death. Clifton graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1968 and was a proud member of the inaugural class of the Upward Bound Program (a college readiness organization that provides academic support to high school students so that they may successfully obtain a college degree). After beginning at Southern Methodist University (SMU), he went on to further his higher education at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).

It was at UTA that Clifton met Alicia Shepard and married on August 18, 1984. Their 21-year union was blessed with two children, Brian, and Alana Jones. Clifton was a dedicated father, never missing a track meet, basketball game, or the opportunity for a fun family vacation. He began his career at the United States Postal Service at the young age of 26 where he retired 42 years later after a long dutiful career as a civil servant. His work ethic was legendary, venturing into several businesses and working door-to-door sales long after his retirement.

Never seen without his warm smile, “Cliff” was perpetually the life of the party. He was a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., had a passion for cars, and had a keen eye for fashion. He enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life, not limited to boating, fishing, and bowling, and was an avid pool (billiards) player. He loved to travel frequently spending time at his timeshare properties scattered all over the U.S. including Florida, Lake Tahoe, Lake Conroe, and New Orleans. A highlight of his retirement was his time as an active member of the DFW Swing Dance community; particularly that of the Swingology Dance Company led by dance instructor Derrick “Big Smooth” Farrow.

Clifton will truly be missed by all those fortunate to know and love him. We know his mother, Juanita Jones, was waiting to welcome him at the Gates of Heaven as he passed on the very same day she did, 8 years ago.

Clifton was preceded in death by his father: C.L. Jones, Sr.; mother: Juanita Rodgers Jones; and sister: Miriam Jones.

Clifton is survived by his children: Brian and Alana Jones; godson: Cameron Brown (Franceska Brown); aunts: Bertha Brown, Mercedes Rodgers; uncles: Elvin Jones, James Jones, Raydale Jones, and Clifford Jones; brothers: Alvis (Ray) Jones (Lindice Collier), Bernard Jones, C.L. Jones Jr; sister: Janice Jones (Ervin Rand), nieces: Collette Jones, Alveta Barrell, Danritria McNeil, and Shonitria Jones; nephews: Kendrick Tilley (Camishia Tilley), Cedric Jones (Priscilla Jones), and a host of grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins and special loved ones including: Joyce Hodges, Gina Brown, Briar Brown and Baylor Brown.

A Memorial Service will be held at Wade Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76013 on Friday, March 24th 2023 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

The Funeral Mass/Service will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9643 Ferndale Rd Dallas, TX 75238 on Saturday, March 25th, 2023 at 1:00 pm. The Interment will be held immediately after at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas, TX.


Public Viewing: March 24, 2023 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Funeral Service: March 25, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Patrick Catholic Church
9643 Ferndale Rd
Dallas, Texas 75238

Graveside Service: March 25, 2023 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Laurel Land Memorial Park Dallas
6000 South R. L. Thornton Free
Dallas, TX 75232

(214) 371-1376

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  1. I am sad to hear this news. I worked with Cliff
    In the alarm industry since the 90’s. I will miss his random calls to stay in touch
    He was a hard worker and I remember vividly how he spoke of caring for his Mom
    Rest in peace my friend

  2. CandleImageI’m so sorry Alana and Brian. It’s been years since we have seen each other but I remember your father as a kind and understanding man who was always so proud of you guys. You have my prayers.

  3. CandleImageMy prayers and condolences for the family. May God’s Grace give you peace at this time and in the future. Brian, although I did not meet your Dad, I feel like I’ve known him through you. You certainly have his smile and joy for life. Praying that his angels bring you comfort.

  4. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family. Clifton was one of those rare people in that if you met him and talked to him, you walked away liking him, but if you spent time with him and fellowship with him, you came to love him. Clifton will! ALWAYS be remembered and loved.

  5. CandleImageYou will be very missed, my broth in law. You have been a welcome sight and resource for so many years. But I am grateful that your struggle will no longer hold you down. I can see you having fun with all the family and will continue watching over us. May your legacy of love and generosity stay with us through generations. Much love, and God bless your spirit. 🙏

  6. CandleImageDear Brian, Alana,
    I loved Clifton and for 21 years we made our way in this world with our children. He loved you both with all of his heart. I have prayed for him all of my life and won’t stop now.

    To the rest of the Jones family, we are still family and always will be. You are all in my daily prayers and have been since I met MawMaw and PawPaw. God bless their souls and Father God, grant unto Clifton eternal peace.

    Blessings 🌹

  7. We lost a good friend and an Upward Bounder. The Upward Bound Program helped prepare those who fought for a change. We learned how to live together as one: White, Black, Hispanic….we grew-up together, In Dallas Texas, We prove that there was another way. In my travels, I have come to realize the important roll we undertook to be the first. The good part, we were not the last. The Upward Bound program is still going…… Clifton, rest in PEACE.

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