Roosevelt Jake "R.J." Jones, a retired Worthington Corp. machinist, died Friday in his Buffalo home after a brief illness. He was 74.
He retired in 1989 after 28 years with the company.
Born in Memphis, Tenn., Mr. Jones enlisted in the Army in 1950, attained the rank of sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in the Korean War.
He was a member of Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the United Steelworkers of America.
His wife of 36 years, Maggie L. Patterson Jones, died in 1996.
Survivors include four sons, Keith King of Atlanta, Kenneth Jones and Allen Decientreaux, both of Buffalo, and Otis Underwood of Charlotte, N.C.; four sisters, Gladys Taylor and Jewell Taylor, both of Memphis, and Zipporah Adams and Willie Mae, both of Buffalo; a brother, Garrett Jr. of Buffalo; and two grandchildren.
Services were held today in Memorial Temple Christian Ministries. Burial was in Forest Lawn.