Geraldine Jerri Jones, a loving and cherished daughter, was born to the union of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Arnella Jackson) Jones Sr., on December 9, 1932.
Jerri as she became affectionately known, was reared in Birmingham, AL and later relocated to Ravenna, OH with her brother Robert Jones Jr., by her Father, upon the untimely death of her Mother. She began singing in church at an early age, and upon completion of high school at the age of 16, pursued a singing career in the music industry. Her singing talents and skills were exceptional and landed her in front of several musical icons and record labels of the time. She traveled extensively throughout the United States performing in different venues while taking many of her family members with her.
Jerri opened and performed with several of the musical greats such as James Brown, Ray Charles, Betty Wright, Etta James, Isley Brothers, etc. She also formed her own group called Jerri and the Jeredetts as part of the Motown Review in Miami, FL. Jerri settled in Miami, FL where she continued to flourish in her musical career. She was the headliner at the Sir John and Mary Elizabeth Hotels (Miami) and was repeatedly called upon to perform at the Flamingo and other major Hotels on Miami Beach, the US Virgin Islands, Jamaica, etc. Jerri became a popular voice in the Soul, Funk and Reggae music genres. She recorded her first hit single in 1970 named “Monkey On Your Back” with PAL Records and followed that success in 1972 with “Still Waters” recorded at Soul Jazz Records in Jamaica. Later, upon returning to Jamaica, Jerri recorded her album “At The Kingston Hotel In Jamaica” that featured the following songs that subsequently became hits on the island nation: Common People, Honey Comeback, Oh Me Oh My, Let It Be, Freedom Train, All In The Game, Trying Times, Hold On, I Found That Someone and If I Only Had Time.
Jerri retired from secular music and began attending the Shining Light Holiness Church in Miami, FL. She joined Shining Light Holiness Church, met and married her husband Milton Ross. Milton preceded her in death. As a member of Shining Light Holiness Church, Jerri was chosen to be the President of the Deaconess Board, led the church choir and formed the Reddick Gospel Singers. The Reddick Gospel Singers recorded several songs with Julius Cheeks, and toured throughout the State of Florida with the Dixie Humming Birds, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and other gospel groups.
Upon retiring from all of music, Jerri relocated with her son and his family to Huntsville, AL., where she lived for over 15 years. She was called to rest on Tuesday November 26, 2019. Jerri always said that she was thankful to God for giving her such a great life and talent. But, her greatest joy was the birth of her son Gregory who she dedicated her life to. Finally, she loved all of her family, visited them regularly and taught her children and grandchildren to do the same. She believed that no matter how high you climb or low you fall, family will always be there to support you, stand by you and take care of you in your time of need.
Jerri will forever be remembered by her son, Gregory R. Jones Sr.; daughter, Karen (Kathy) M. Jones; 4 step sons, Andrew Miranda, Andre Miranda, Keith Pryor and Sidney Pryor; two stepdaughters, Marianne Pryor and Lisa Miranda; four grandsons, Gregory R. Jones Jr., Lamar A. Jones and Justin N. Jones and Jason Watts; two granddaughters, Brandi N. Jones and Jessica Hill–Jones; two sisters, Ruby Gray and Alberta Stone; one brother, Robert Jones Jr. (Akron, OH); Countless nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and Special Friends, The Brown–Westmoreland Family (FL), Ryan and Bobby Powell (AL), and Don and Sharon Darden (GA). Jerri was welcomed into Heaven by her parents (Robert and Arnella Jones), stepson Ronnie Pryor, stepdaughter Toya Miranda, nephew Phillip Jones, cousin Helen Nixon and others that preceded her.
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