Nathaniel Raphael Jones

  • Born: May 13, 1926
  • Died: January 26, 2020
  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

JC Battle and Sons Funeral Home

543 Rockdale Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Nathaniel Raphael Jones

Message From The Family

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Jones, Judge Nathaniel Raphael, loving father of William Hawthorne (D'Anna), Pamela Velez, Rick Hawthorne (Laura), Marc Hawthrone ( Celeste) and Stephanie Jones and a dear friend Dr. Evelyn Higginbotham. Passed Sunday, January 26, 2020 Age 93 years. Visitation on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:00 PM- until 8:00 PM at Corinthian Baptist Church, 1920 Tennessee Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45237 with a special Kappa Alpha Psi Memorial Service at 6:00pm. Also Visitation Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 10:00 PM until 12:00 PM at Corinthian Baptist Church with Full Military Services. Special online condolences for family and friends may be expressed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

God bless you Stephanie and family. We know he lived a very honorable life. May he comfort and keep you all.

Posted by Lettie Carr - Glenn Dale, MD - Friend   February 04, 2020

Thank you for your support when I was in law school and allowing me to clerk with you. You are one of the best, kindest and most generous humans I have met. Well done, your honor, well done. Now, rest peacefully.

Posted by India Jewell    February 03, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Stephanie and the entire family. I am proud of the immense legacy left to all of us by Judge Jones. May he rest in peace. - Gina Hough

Posted by Gina Hough - Washington, DC - Family Friend   February 03, 2020

Condolences to Stephanie, William, Rick, Marc and Family. Rest In Peace Judge. You left the world a great legacy.

Posted by darryl guilford - Rockville, MD - Family Friend   January 31, 2020

January 30, 2020

Dear Family of Judge Nathaniel Jones:

I will continue to lift your names up in prayer, especially during this difficult time. I am A Member of Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 East 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616. Reverend Dr. David B. Thornton is the Pastor, The Moderator of The Session, and The Head of the Staff. He is also My Confidante, Mentor, Teacher, and Spiritual Advisor. Reverend Donald B. Register is The Pastor Emeritus. I am The Public Relations Person for my Church Home Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church.

I am also A Former Member of Church Musician Ship Guild, Inc. (1988-2008). The late Dr. Mildred G. Lewis was The Founder, and Executive Director. I was their Administrative Assistant, Executive Secretary, and Public Relations Director.

Nathaniel was an extraordinary man. He will truly be missed by all those people whose hearts, and souls that he had touched. He will not be forgotten. At the age of 93, he did leave a great legacy. "REST IN PEACE", BROTHER NATHANIEL. WITH MY LOVING THOUGHTS, AND PRAYERS, MS. VALINDA DARLENE JONES, OF CINCINNATI, OHIO. I USE TO LIVE IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS..

Posted by VALINDA JONES - Cincinnati, OH   January 30, 2020

Rick! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family!! Also praying for the departed soul of your father to Rest In Peace!! - Lalita D.

Posted by Lalita Duggal - Mason, OH - Coworker   January 30, 2020

Dear family of Judge Jones,

You have my sincere condolences. I don't believe I ever met him but, he grew up and went all through school with my mom, Audrey Kirkland Evans, She used to say he was one of the kindest people she ever knew. Sadly, she passed away in 1984 at 57 from CHF and never got to see the courthouse downtown. I can tell you that he really must have been truly a great person for her to talk about after all the years since they graduated from SHS.

My sympathy for you,

Lynn Evans Dunn

Posted by Lynn Dunn - YOUNGSTOWN, OH   January 29, 2020

I am not physically able to attend the services and viewing, but I must tell you how much I admired your father, a true gentleman and legal scholar. God bless you and may your memories give you comfort and strength for the days ahead.

Deborah K. Gaines

Posted by Deborah Gaines - Cincinnati, OH - Acquaintance   January 29, 2020

Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Judge Nate Jones was a friend, colleague and Kappa Brother. I had the pleasure of serving with him as local legal counsel and president of the Dayton Branch NAACP during the Dayton school desegregation litigation. Also, sharing foreign travels and many domestic meetings, conferences and social occasions with Nate and Lil. Our world and national are better because of Judge Jones' unselfish service during his distinguished career. RIP. Attorney Richard and Nolly Austin, St. Croix, Virgin Islands and Dayton, Ohio

Posted by Richard Austin - Dayton, OH - Friend   January 29, 2020

To Stephanie and the Jones family - being a neighbor and knowing your Father was a true honor and pleasure. His warm personality and smile were never far away! May he rest in peace. The Crotty Family

Posted by Michael Crotty - Shanghai, China, OH - Neighbor   January 28, 2020

I count this civil rights icon as my friend. He made me a better person by following his example.

Posted by Catherine Ingram - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 28, 2020

Remembering Judge Jones for his encouragement at one of our campaign field offices on Madison Road - how tired we all were, and he came in laden with cookies, snacks and sodas. (already in his 80's)
His unwavering commitment to the democratic process, is a memory I carry with me every time I hear challenge from those saying - "this is too hard".
In honor of your memory Judge Jones, we can and we will make EVERY vote count.

Posted by Miranda Menzies - Eden, UT - Acquaintance   January 28, 2020


In loving memory of a wonderful person. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.

Raul and Virginia

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2020


May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by Virginia Riverview - FL   January 27, 2020

Family Album

Judge Jones was very giving of his time. In this photograph, students from Kent State University learn from Judge Jones as they seek their own Journey to "Answer the Call."
Judge Jones with Brenda McCurdy Rhoads and Kent State University at Ashtabula Instructor, Richard Dana. Brenda's Father, Merle McCurdy hired a young Nathaniel Jones as the first African American Assistant U.S. Attorney. The two would later serve together on the Kerner Commission. The conclusions of the Kerner Commission, written over 50 years ago, are as true today as they were in 1968.
Judge Jones with C.G. Newsome and Richard Dana before an event at the White House.
Judge Jones enjoys lunch with Cheryle Chiramonte, Richard Dana, and Marianne Sezon. This was a nice summer day in 2019, that included Judge Jones seeing a Reds Win from his Owners Box.
Nathaniel Raphael Jones