Funeral services for star high school athlete Da’Qwan Jones-Morris scheduled for Saturday at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
Family experiencing outpouring of support from community, classmates and clergy
(MINNEAPOLIS – November 16, 2019) – Funeral services for Da’Qwan (Qwanny) Jones-Morris will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (FMBC) in Minneapolis. Da’Qwan, a senior at Henry Sibley High School, passed away suddenly due to a November 6th accident. News of the tragedy that took the life of the standout football player and team co-captain who planned to attend a Minnesota college after graduation stunned the community.
Born April 9, 2002 to Monica Jones and Tremayne Lamont Morris in St. Paul, Da’Qwan began playing team sports at age five, first basketball, then flag football, and then on to assume a leadership role on his high school football team. His interests extended beyond sports. Baptized at FMBC, Da’Qwan sang in the youth choir. It’s said he was deeply devoted to and loved his family, volunteering and was a fashion enthusiast. Family members describe him as an avid gamer who excelled to a level that he developed friendships across the country, earned income and had hopes of one day entering a gaming tournament.
“We at Fellowship, are deeply shaken by this tragedy. I, along with the entire congregation, are committed to providing spiritual support and continued assistance in in the days, weeks and months ahead,” said Rev. Albert Gallmon, Jr., senior pastor.
Da’Qwan’s senior pictures were taken the weekend prior to his death and his family says the photos beautifully captured a brother and son known for his joyful spirit, big heart, playfulness, and vitality. He spent summers attending Freedom Schools, enjoying community celebrations such as the Rondo Days Festival & Grande Parade and traveling.
“Da’Qwan loved spending quality time with his family, including his dog Hercules Jones, whom he considered his best friend. Da’Qwan was the go-to family babysitter and created connections with younger kids. He also had a big appetite to match his big
heart,” says his mother Monica Jones. She continues, “He was my beloved son, we miss him terribly and we are grateful for the love, prayers and support we have received from our Fellowship family and the community.”
In addition to his mother and father, De’Qwan is survived by his brothers Brandon Jones, Benjamin Carter, Jr. (BJ), Juan (Weezy) Bennett, Adonis Tucker, Dohntae Vance, and a host of other paternal siblings; close-friends-in- brotherhood Daryel Bell, Trevonte Carter, Jamal Carter, Ele’Azar Jones; maternal grandmother “Nana” Veronica Jones, uncle Reginald Jones, aunts Cheryl (Tezel Brown) Jones, Tanisha Jones, Megan Dilley-Jones; maternal grandfather Kelvin Tillman, aunts Cherrell Tillman, Naiesha Tillman; paternal grandmother L’Tanga Morris, aunts Yvette (Monique) Huff-Morris and Edna Huff; cousins Jasmine Jones, Alyssa Saby, Iviera Brown, Notorious Jones, Daevonte’ Munson, Blazjuan Jones, Simaone Jones, Zane Jones, Jayson Jones; “big cousin” Keisha Jones and “baby cousins” Jaliya Jackson, Brandon Harbor and Christian Dixon; godmother Faith Jackson and godfather Benjamin Carter, Sr., and close family friends Aunt Meche Bennett, Aunt Eulonda Mounger, Aunt Georgia Giles-Jones, Aunt Michelle Lucas, and many others. He is preceded in death by great-grandparents Ruby and Brandon Jones and a baby cousin Tegan Jones.
The wake and 6 p.m. ceremony will be Friday November 15th at Estes Funeral Home. The viewing is Saturday, November 16th from 1-2 p.m. and the funeral is at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, with the Reverend Albert Gallmon, Jr. officiating. A repast will be held immediately following the service at City View School of Innovation and French Immersion at 3350 N 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55412.
Floral tributes may be sent to Estes Funeral Home or Fellowship Missionary Baptist
Church at 3355 N 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55412. The family has requested that in lieu of gifts, donations may be made at: paypal.me/DaQwanForever.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Cameras will be permitted on the second-floor level, referred to as the balcony area. Church ushers will provide directions. The family has a designated spokesperson who will be available.
Monica Jones and her son, Brandon, talk with WCCO’s Reg Chapman and share more about their beloved son and brother, Da’Qwan. They are proud of his having been part of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church family. As for us, we consider it all joy to have played a part in his spiritual growth and development. You are forever in our hearts, Da’Qwan Jones-Morris.
Join us for the celebration of his life this Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 pm.
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