Eric Devante Jones, 20, passed away on Nov. 25 at Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis as a result of a rare and highly aggressive cancer diagnosed less than four months prior.
Jones was born at Fairview University of Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis on Oct. 31, 1999.
Jones graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 2017. He recently completed his sophomore year of college at Highland Community College in Highland, Kan. He was enrolled to attend Missouri Western University this past fall where he planned to major in sports management.
Jones was an athlete and had a love for the sports of basketball and track & field. His senior year in high school he participated in the long jump, high jump and triple jump in the Minnesota State Championship and in the Junior Olympics in Lawrence, Kan. in 2017.
He was well known for his passion for working with children and began his studies in childhood education at the age of 17 years old and was a member of Shiloh Temple International Ministries where he was baptized in Jesus' name by his godfather, Broderick “Buster” Austin.
Jones is survived by his parents, Julia (Bass) Israel and Alvin Jones, step-mother Eileen-Jones and step-father Ishmael Israel, brother Jaden Butcher, grandparents, Dr. LaTonya Whitley, Dr. Samuel Bass and Ms. Callie Jones, aunts and uncles, Tracey Jones, Antionette Jones, Alonzo Jones, Eumeeika Jones, Jennifer Brown, Samuel Bass, Jason Bass and Stephen Bass, a host of cousins and his beloved four-legged canine companion, Chloe.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Billman-Hunt Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, (Dec. 4) at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, 1201 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis. Public visitation will take place from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. at Mound Cemetery, 3515 69th Ave. N., Brooklyn Center.
Flower arrangements may be sent to Billman-Hunt Funeral Chapel, 2701 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis.