Sunrise, April 9, 2002 – Sunset, November 6, 2019
Our beloved son Da’Qwan (Qwanny) Jones-Morris was born in St. Paul, MN on April 9, 2002. He died suddenly due to a tragic accident on November 6, 2019. He was a senior at Henry Sibley High School, and planned to attend a Minnesota college after graduation. The weekend prior to his death, Da’Qwan’s senior pictures captured beautifully his joyful spirit, playfulness, and vitality.
Da’Qwan was baptized at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and sang in the youth choir (and very loudly in the shower at home). His interests included family, football, basketball, fashion, eating, singing, gaming and volunteering.
A talented athlete, Da’Qwan served as co-captain of his high school football team. However, his journey with sports began at the age of five when he joined his first basketball team. Qwanny was nine when he decided that it was time for him to try his hand at football (flag football), where he quickly excelled due to his natural physical strength and coordination.
In addition to sports, Da’Qwan loved fashion. Shoes were his favorite part of any outfit. He would often borrow a pair from someone else when he thought no one was looking (although he was often caught by his mother or his Nana).
If Da’Qwan wasn’t playing sports, eating, or trying on shoes, he could be found playing video games. An avid gamer, Xbox was his life line. It was the first thing he approached when he returned home from school and the last thing that he touched every night before bed. Online gaming provided him with an opportunity to make new friends all across the country. Eventually, he became so good that he found a way for the game to pay him. He had high hopes of one day entering a gaming tournament.
More than anything, Da’Qwan was known for having a big heart and a generous spirit that included everyone. He could light up a room with his smile and enjoyed making people laugh by telling jokes with a disarming sense of humor.
Family was extremely important to him and he enjoyed spending quality time with loved ones including his canine best friend, Hercules Jones. He was the go-to family baby sitter and often created connections with younger kids.
Da’Qwan also had a big appetite to match his big heart. (If you didn’t make a plate or eat as much as you wanted before he went for seconds there was a chance you would miss out.) Da’Qwan spent his summers traveling, attending Freedom School, and enjoying community celebrations like the Rondo Day parade.
Da’Qwan will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to know him. He leaves behind his mother Monica Jones and father Tremayne Lamont Morris; 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, and Megan Dilley-Jones; maternal grandfather Kelvin Tillman, Aunts Cherrell Tillman, and 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 his great grandparents Ruby and Brandon Jones and a baby cousin Tegan Jones.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Estes Funeral Home. The wake took place on Friday, November 15, at Estes Funeral Home. The funeral services will took place on Saturday, November 16, at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.
Rev. Al Gallmon, Jr. officiated the services. The repast was immediately following service at City View School of Innovation and French Immersion.
Floral tributes may be sent to Estes Funeral Home or Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. In lieu of gifts, the family is requesting financial support. Donations can bemade via PayPal using this link: PayPal: paypal.me/DaQwanForever