Montez Lamarje Semaj Jones was born in Champaign, IL on August 21, 1997 to loving parents Martez L. Jones, Sr. and the late Kenyetta Singleton. On Saturday, June 12, 2021, Montez passed this life into eternal glory. Montez was born and raised in Champaign, IL. He received his formal education at Kewanee High School where he graduated in 2015. In 2020, he went on to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts through the Online School. Montez said his ambition came from his parents. Montez grew to understand he needed control over his life for the sake of his kids, so he started to travel his life dreams alone. Montez was very intelligent and caring. He loved to cook, rap and sing (make music). His happy space was being around family; his children were his comfort zone. Montez was a member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. He leaves to cherish his loving memory: his father, Martez L. Jones, Sr. (Champaign); his two grandmothers, Earnestine McFarland (Champaign) and Debra Jones (Champaign); his grandfather, Willie Davenport; four children, Montez Jones and Bre’Alla Jones (Chicago), Ariyah Wilson (Champaign), Remedi Mosely (Champaign); his siblings, Martez Jones, Jr., Tezriyona Jones, Haneef Jones, Katezriyah Jones, Taire Jones, Mahkii Jones (all of Champaign); and a host of family, friends, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in eternal life by his mother, Kenyetta Singleton. Montez leaves these thoughts with each of you: “As I sit in Heaven and watch you every day, I try to let you know with signs, that I never went away. I hear you when you’re laughing, and I watch you as you sleep. I even place my arms around you, to calm you as you weep. I see you wish the days away begging to have me home, so I try to send you signs, so you know you’re not alone. Don’t feel guilty that you have life – life that was denied to me. Heaven is truly beautiful, just you wait and see! So live your life, laugh again, enjoy yourself, be free. Then you’ll know with each breath you take, you’re taking one for me.
A Celebration of Life will commence at 12:00 Noon on Saturday June 26, 2021 at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church 1310 N. Sixth St., Champaign. Eulogist: Rev. Michael Smith. A visitation will begin at 11:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow after at Woodlawn Cemetery.
A public viewing will be held on Friday June 25, 2021 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 1215 W. Bradley Ave., Urbana from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.
Due to Covid 19 Restrictions will be enforced.
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