Gilbert H. Jones

Gilbert H. Jones age 76, of Westerville passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. He was born in Columbus on February 29, 1944; the Son of Earl and Dorothy (Bailey) Jones.

Gilbert is survived by wife, Charlene, daughters Nikki Jones, Stacy (Rob) Hearns, son Herman Jones, granddaughters Tamara, Kyavonna, grandsons Xavier, Robert Jr., Rylan and great grandchildren Jemari, Taniya and Kyree. Sisters Linda(Samuel )Freeman, Cheryl Nichols. Mother-in law Clara Cunningham, Sister-in-laws Donna(Ed) Wade, Phyllis Cosby, Betty (JD) McCauley brother-in-law James Cunningham Sr. Close friends Leonard and Marsha Luckey, Gloria Tyler and Malvena Street. Also, a host of Nieces, Nephews and his Ohio State Highway Patrol and Franklin County Sherriff family.

Proceeded in death by parents, daughter Tasha Jones, brothers Leroy and Greg Jones, Sisters Winifred Beard, Joyce Rozelle, Patricia Hill, father-in-law Sherman Cunningham.

Gilbert graduated from Columbus Central High School 1961. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. After leaving the Air Force he wanted to continue his service and joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He graduated as a member of the 69th academy class in February of 1966 and was only the 2nd African American officer to do so. Gilbert then became the first minority to be promoted to a supervisory position when he became a sergeant in 1973. He continued to climb thru the ranks gaining the respect of his peers for his leadership style and he advanced to the rank of Lt. Colonel. Gilbert retired from the Patrol in 1997 after 31 years of service and was one of the two African American officers in the nation holding the rank of Lt. Colonel at that time. Shortly after retiring from the Patrol he became the Chief Deputy for the Franklin County Sherriff’s office in 1998. After 15 additional years of service, he retired in February of 2014. In 2017 Gilbert was inducted in the Civil Rights Hall of Fame and in 2020 he received the Flying Cross Legacy award.

Public Viewing 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM; Followed by Private Visitation at 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Masks and Social Distancing are required.

Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Beverly Moore- Chavis

    To the Family of Gilbert Jones. I offer my condolences & Prayers as you morn the loss of
    such a special Person. We were classmates at Central High School, He was such a warn, friendly and kind person. I know Heaven has received a Jewel.
    Prayers & Blessings to each of you.

  2. No words can express the deep gratitude I feel towards Gilbert H. Jones and his willingness to mentor, guide and offer friendship to me, Butch and hundreds of other young men and women. His legacy will live on in every one of his family members and friends. Our hearts go out to Charlene and his family who, without a doubt, will feel his passing every day. May you find peace and comfort in your good and precious memories of Gil.

    My mind still talks to you
    and
    My heart still looks for you
    but
    My soul knows you are at peace.

    Rest high on that mountain with the Lord, my friend. I will miss your smile and charm. Until we meet again.

  3. I think Thomas Hondo Banks spoke for many in his Facebook Post regarding this great man:

    Thank you for teaching me more about class, excellence, and leadership then I could ever imagine. You have been apart of my life since I was born and I can’t imagine my life without you. You have forgot more about class then most will learn in their entire life. The law enforcement world lost an icon and I lost an uncle and legend. Gone but never forgotten your light will shine on in us all.

    Gil Jones never missed an opportunity to make the world a better place, and that he did, many times over. Rest in Peace my friend.

    Colonel Richard H. Collins (Retired),
    Ohio State Highway Patrol

  4. To the family, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Chief Deputy Jones. I had the distinct pleasure of knowing and working with Gil during my years at FCCS. He was a consummate gentleman with a great sense of humor. I used to tease him about the number of times he had travel pictures posted in the Dispatch. How fortunate to have those wonderful memories. Keeping your family in thought and prayer.
    Sue Samuel

  5. Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert, Franklin County SO

    Gilbert was a true public servant and great family man that will be missed by everyone who knew or ever met him! On behalf of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau, God Bless you Gilbert “Gil” & God Bless the entire Jones family.

  6. Benjamin Richardson

    I have no words to describe what the Colonel meant to me or the countless others he mentored, protected and propelled to be better. He truly was one of a kind. God poured His Spirit into this man and he portioned it out into all he encountered. His courage and strength were leaned upon by many of his contemporaries who feared coming out from the shadows. He carried the banner for those who couldn’t carry one for themselves and paved the way many would travel and benefit from. Sir, you ran the race the Lord set before you and you did it without grumbling, complaining and with a grace unparalleled. I love you and am a better man for knowing you. RIP sir, you will be greatly missed. Family, rest assuredly, knowing your patriarch left a lasting legacy.

  7. Will always miss Gil as a true friend and colleague, who has the most wonderful family, so sorry for you Charlene, Nikki and Stacy.

  8. Tom Horst Ret. Highland County Sheriff

    My prayers are with your family.
    Gil was a great man and will be missed.
    I was the Highland County Sheriff and Gil became a very good friend.

  9. I can remember so many stories Dad will tell me about Gil. So many laughs they shared. Every time I got to see Gil in person, he always smiled, joked and we laughed. When Major Huffman was ill, I had the pleasure of visiting him at the same til Gil was there. It is something to remember. Praying for the Jones family and please know your OSP family is here if you need anything.

  10. Terry & Barbara Hamilton Dountz

    Gil was a 110% professional as a member of the State Highway Patrol He served with dignity
    and honesty. His second careers with the Sheriff was the icing on the cake.
    Our thoughts & Prayers are with his entire family

  11. Celeste R. Kirksey-Gallagher

    Deepest condolences to his loved ones during this time of unspeakable pain and sorrow. He always had a smile to share. Rest in Paradise. Tpr. Celeste R. Kirksey-Gallagher, Ret.444

  12. CHARLENE, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, AND THE FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
    MAY GIL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!

  13. Dear Jones Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Gil! He was my Chief for the 15 years he served with the Sheriff’s Office and he was a real pleasure to work with. He seemed genuinely concerned with how we were all doing, took good care of the troops, always had a friendly word, and was never without his trademark smile. Gil left his mark on the Sheriff’s Office just as he left his mark on those around him; and we are the better because of him. He will be missed!

  14. Gary and Ann (Reiss) Sholl

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Dad—Colonel Adam Reiss—thought so highly of your father. May the peace of Christ Jesus soothe your sorrow, knowing that you will see your father again one day.

  15. Michael and Theresa Sheets

    Our hearts ache. We are so sorry for your loss, and extend our deepest sympathies. We thank the Lord, though, for blessing us to have known and loved such an amazing individual, and are grateful to have happy memories and the opportunity to see his legacy of love for his family and friends live on. We love you and are here for you. -The Sheets Family

  16. Dianna Alfred and Calderon Family

    Remembering you-all In prayer in times like these there’s so much we don’t understand…so all that’s really left is to hold on tight to the One who does.
    Nothing can ever separate us from His love.
    ROMANS 8:38 NLT

  17. Lynn and Dick Curtis

    Char and family,
    We share our sincere condolences with all of you. Thank you for sharing Gil with us for over 50 years, as a co-worker and a friend. We are better for knowing him and sharing our lives together with all of you. We wish that you find peace and comfort during this most difficult times.

  18. Chief Gil Jones provided great inspiration and leadership. He is missed.

  19. I never met Mr. Jones, but from his obituary and condolences offered on this site, it is clear that he was a gentleman who well served his country, his family and his friends. Sincere condolences for the passing of a fine man.

  20. Stacey and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. While I did not know him I see that he obviously had grace, honor and the respect of those who knew him well. He clearly passed those gifts unto you.

    Your friends at Westfield are thinking of you and your family at this time.

    God Bless you all

  21. Brian and Heather Felkner

    Chief Jones was a great man and a great leader, it was an honor to serve with him. Our thoughts and prayers to the Jones family.

  22. Our condolences to Charlene and the Jones family. Gil was not only a mentor to me but Tammy and I considered you guys friends. Colonel was a man of integrity and always strive to make sure the African American troopers took pride in what they had accomplished being a member of the Ohio State Patrol. He supported all patrol personnel functions and when you looked up, there he was all smiles congratulating you. He will be missed but he will never be forgotten. What an example to follow. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  23. Char and Family,
    First and foremost, please accept my sincerest condolences, may the proud memories of Gil and the love of family, as well as, your OSP and FCSO family surround you and give you strength in the days and weeks ahead. We are thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Gil.

    Char, thank you for allowing Vern Pringle and I to visit with you and Gil, both at home and in the hospital. I also say thanks for letting us to take Gil to lunch and dinner while he was still able to get out. I will forever hold tight to memories and the times I was blessed to share with Gil. I, like so many others are forever indebted to Gil. I learned so much from Gil, and will never forget the leadership skills he not only taught me, but personally displayed each and every day of his life.

    Three areas that I will never forget about Gil; his love of “Lunch Time” Basketball, Fishing, Leadership and Mentorship. In closing, I truly THANK God for allowing me to share and learn from Gil in each of these areas. He taught me and so many others true life lessons, and set the example for us to follow. Read Psalms 46, for comfort…

    Forever Remembered, Forever Missed, and Never Forgotten, my deepest sympathy!

  24. Char and Family,
    First and foremost, please accept my sincerest condolences, may the proud memories of Gil and the love of family, as well as, your OSP and FCSO family surround you and give you strength in the days and weeks ahead. We are thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Gil.

    Char, thank you for allowing Vern Pringle and I to visit with you and Gil, both at home and in the hospital. I also say thanks for letting us take Gil to lunch and dinner while he was still able to get out. I will forever hold tight to memories and the times I was blessed to share with Gil. I, like so many others are forever indebted to Gil. I learned so much from Gil, and will never forget the leadership skills he not only taught me, but personally displayed each and every day of his life.

    Three areas that I will never forget about Gil; his love of “Lunch Time” Basketball, Fishing, Leadership and Mentorship. In closing, I truly THANK God for allowing me to share and learn from Gil in each of these areas. He taught me and so many others true life lessons, and set the example for us to follow. Read Psalms 46, for comfort…

    Forever Remembered, Forever Missed, and Never Forgotten, my deepest sympathy!

  25. Char and Family,
    First and foremost, please accept my sincerest condolences, may the proud memories of Gil and the love of family, as well as, your OSP and FCSO family surround you and give you strength in the days and weeks ahead. We are thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Gil.

    Char, thank you for allowing Vern Pringle and I to visit with you and Gil, both at home and in the hospital. I also say thanks for letting us take Gil to lunch and dinner while he was still able to get out. I will forever hold tight to memories and the times I was blessed to share with Gil. I, like so many others are forever indebted to Gil. I learned so much from Gil, and will never forget the leadership skills he not only taught me, but personally displayed each and every day of his life.

    Four areas I will never forget about Gil; his love of “Lunch Time” Basketball, Fishing, Leadership and Mentorship. In closing, I truly THANK God for allowing me to share and learn from Gil in each of these areas. He taught me and so many others true life lessons, and set the example for us to follow. Read Psalms 46, for comfort…

    Forever Remembered, Forever Missed, and Never Forgotten, my deepest sympathy!

  26. Wilhelmina and Chelse Spinner

    My condolences to Charlene, Stacey and the rest of the Jones family. My heart was broken into a million little pieces when I heard the news of his passing. I was honored to know this great man of integrity, as a mentor and supporter. He believed in meeting people where they were in their lives, and accepted them unconditionally. I think him for being genuine and sincere and always saying the right words to help you get through those challenging times. But know without a doubt he left a lasting legacy in this world. He will be truly missed. May God keep him in the comfort of his heavenly home.

    I/We share in your sorrow during this difficult time.

  27. I feel privileged to have worked under the leadership of Chief Jones. His leadership and guidance will be a valuable tool for years to come. Condolences to his family.

  28. Lesili Beard and Iris Levine

    Dear Char, Nikki, Stacy and Jones clan,

    Iris and I are sorry we cannot be with you in person but we offer our deepest sympathy as we express our love and gratitude for Gil. The loss is impossible to describe – words are totally inadequate. I will say that I am so proud that Gil was our uncle and I am forever grateful for the influence he had on us and the family at large over the years. We are so grateful for his love. Gilbert was an incredible person on so many levels and in so many ways – touching the lives of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people with his humor, his caring, his kindness, his love of family, his leadership, and much more. We are thankful that he shared his talents, his generous spirit, and his gigantic heart so freely. Gilbert Howard Jones … rest in heaven. We will remember you and hold your memory forever.

  29. Deputy Roland Stewart (retired)

    My condolences to the family. Gil was a real inspiration in my life and it grieves me to hear of his passing.

  30. Deputy Lance T Smith Sr#946

    Mrs. Jones, Stacy(Rob) Hearns, and Family:
    Our sincere condolences to you all. Chief Jones was a well oiled Discipline Man who knew how to lead his troops by not only doing his job but by example as exemplified by his stellar career with the Air Force, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and life itself! May the grace of GOD and HIS peace continue to engulf you all for generations to come! Psalm 138:8
    Sincerely speaking,
    Deputy Lance T.(Melinda) Smith, Sr.#946/First Church Of GOD

  31. To the Jones family and my extended family,
    On behalf of the Palmore family, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Jones family. May God grant you His peace and bring comfort to each one of you today and in the challenging days ahead. May the memories of a life well lived bring you comfort. Earths loss is now heavens gain. May God bless you all and keep you.

  32. I extend my deepest sympathies to the Jones family. May the soul of uncle Gilbert be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

  33. Charlene, I’m so sorry to read about Gil. I was extremely close to him at P49. I loved working with him & it pains me to know that he passed. I’m sure that you realize I can relate as I lost Carol to cancer. My prayers are with you and your family. God has got to bless him in heaven as the super job he did here on earth.

  34. It was a pleasure to work with Gil at the Sheriff’s Office. His good spirit, compassion and humor were valued during routine and troubled times. He was a model public servant and an exceptional human being. Surely his reward will be great.

    Shelley and I extend our deepest condolences.

  35. To our cousin Char and family,
    Our prayers, love and concern are with you during this difficult time. Wishing we could be there without the masks, so we could hug, cry and just share love to all of you. Hold on to your precious memories, and know that God is always available to dry your tears and will be a constant help for the following days. Your cousins, Mary, Monnette and Michelle

  36. To the Jones family,

    I send my condolences to you and lifting prayers for you during this time of a great lost.

    I was blessed to know Mr Gil as I would call him. I enjoy every discussion and lessons he shared with me while I painted for him. He is the inspiration a black man love to see and that will truly be missed.

    I’m sure that once I see you Again, we will pick right back up on our conversation. Rest in paradise Mr. Gil

  37. To the Jones family. I am sending my deepest condolences in your loss of Uncle Gil Jones. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am deeply sorry I will not be in attendance but you are all in my heart.

    Love,
    Mianda Watts

  38. Uncle Gilbert has always been a positive influence on my life. His example of hard work and determination was inspiring. He never forgot his family and included us in his journey.
    He was there in the good times and the bad, always willing to lend a hand. His presence will remain a part of my life.
    His hospitality ever year kept the family united. There will be a void in our lives.
    Love and respect.
    His nephew, Rodney and Val.

  39. Claudia,Renee Walker@April Blunt

    Our deepest sympathy to the Jones family. We will truly miss such a good friend and person.

  40. My prayers are with you all. Uncle Gil will be greatly missed. Even though we are in Texas remember we are just a phone call away. Love you all❤️

  41. Trymaine Alfred "Bubba"

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, All Heroes Don’t Wear Capes. I’m thankful for the profound impact he had on my life. The bar he set for life is one I set for mine. Live it to the fullest, do God’s work and love your family. He was one of the most positive influences I know of and I can’t thank him enough for that. May God cover the family and Gil, when I get there, have the basketball court ready because we have unfinished business. Love you guys! God Bless

  42. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Lt. Col Jones was the Post Commander when I was a dispatcher at Post 21. He was one of the fairest supervisors I had ever known. Fly high 484

  43. Tom and Maggie Bateson

    Our deepest condolences to Char and family. Our hearts also grieve at the loss of such a great human being in so many areas as family, career, community and friends. His compassion, caring, knowledge and friendship has always been treasured and will be missed. His support and caring for us personally was appreciated more than anyone knows. He truly was a Shepard, not a sheep herder. He talked the talk but most importantly, he walked the walk with honor, wisdom and dignity. It is wonderful to have the knowledge that he is receiving his just reward. Peace and comfort to you and yours.

  44. Although never meeting you, I want to Thank You! for your outstanding service to our country and to the community. Your legacy will continue and it’s because of you that barriers were broken down and you shone like a lamp in the darkness. Outstanding work Sir!!
    To the family- My condolences to you. May you find peace and comfort for your loss and Thank You! for supporting Mr. Jones as he overcame the many obstacles that he had to endure. It would have been an honor to meet Mr. Jones

  45. My heart is breaking for Gil’s family. He will be so missed by the Patrol family, as he touched each of us in one way or another. He invited us in with that wonderful smile that reached us way before his voice did. Gil was so down to earth and easy to talk with. I will treasure our friendship until the end if time. Rest with the angels.

  46. Gilbert Jones Family,
    I am deeply saddened by the passing of Gil. I had the utmost respect for him and appreciated his friendship. I truly valued his willingness to help others and his integrity. He showed me respect , kindness and friendship. I will miss our talks and his encouragement. Daniel Lee

  47. Bernard(Bunjoe)Cunningham

    My Sincere Condolences to the family,Met Gilbert thru Greg back in the 80s what a wonderful man.

  48. Sending my deepest condolences to the family. Mr. Jones was a true hero. I am praying for your comfort.❤

  49. Ricardo "Rico" Jones

    Dear Jones family,
    I’m at a loss for words. Colonel Jones was a well respected and great man. He always had encouraging words for me throughout my career and I will always be grateful to him. My sincere condolence go out to you and pray that you find comfort and peace.

  50. So very sorry for your loss. Lt. Jones and Gil to us, He was Mom’s Lt at Delaware Post 21 as She was his Dispatcher. A true fair man with a smile and positive look on life. Rest in Peace. And Thank You

  51. Char and Family,
    Please except my deepest and absolutely sincere condolences for your loss. It is the beauty of your family, the forever lasting memories and the blessings of God that WILL provide you with the necessary strength.

    I thank you and the family for your support. It takes a lot to be the available leader and mentor Gil displayed. The phone rings for duty and assistance regularly and mostly early. He couldn’t provide without your support. You could count on Gil to ANSWER.

    I remember playing basketball with Gil everyday at lunchtime. I loved his competitive fire and how he would run you into screens. I remember my fear many years ago, of being summoned by Gil to come to the house. You welcomed me and tried to put me at ease. He knew I needed help and luckily it was a positive experience. Once again he ANSWERS the call.

    We love Gil because he was that figure to a lot of us. He showed us character and multiple ways to deal with life. He was a man of his word and never TOO busy to help. If people attempt to be the man he was and even fail, this world would be a better place. He is our Martin, Jackie, and Thurgood!! He ANSWERED the calls.

    God said, I gave you life to share, the opportunity to build MANY memories, and to provide a great legacy. Now it’s time to come to GLORY. Gil ANSWERED.

    In closing, I’ll never forget Gil for all he has done for me and others. Me and my family are grateful for the life lessons he taught us and I thank God for the memories.

  52. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    I will miss seeing Mr. Jones tending to his yard while I walk my Boxer.
    He always had a kind smile and I will miss our short talks!
    You are in my prayers.
    Sarah Dewberry

  53. Stacy and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of such a loved member of your family. Family is such an important part of our everyday lives. While the bond you all shared makes the loss of your father even more painful, know that this will also be a source of strength in your grief.

    Praying for all of you at this time difficult time.

  54. Geneva Taylor Dorsey

    The Jones family:
    I was saddened to hear of Gilbert’s passing. We graduated high school together. My prayers and condolences are with you all.

  55. Deputy Michelle Neeley

    Chief, you were not only my supervisor, you helped me through some of the most difficult times of my life and my career. I thank you for your guidance, your support and love through the years. You truly made an impact in my life and I thank you. We had lots and lots of laughs, too, Judy’s pot stirring, Pam’s clock watching and my inability to get the monthly reports done on time and for two years I was able not curse bc you had “other” forms of words we later named “Gilbonics”. My sincerest condolences to Chief’s family & friends we lost a GREAT one.

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