Randy Jones

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Randy Dudley Jones (February 15, 1963 - July 15, 2022) was a man originally from Richmond who worked a number of jobs in Charlottesville, including at Mel's Cafe.


Portrait photograph of Randy Jones. Reproduced from March Funeral Homes.

Early life

Jones was born on February 15, 1963, to Elizabeth C. Coleman and Roland D. Jones in Richmond, Virginia. He was the youngest of his family (with which he was very close) and had at least four siblings, including two sisters named Sherri Jones and Wanda Harden and two brothers named Joseph L. Coleman Jr. and Tim Faichney. At an early age, Jones attended Sharon Baptist Church in Henrico County. He received his education at John Marshall High School, where he played basketball under the jersey number 21. An avid sports fan, the Kansas City Chiefs became his favorite football team. He also loved his clothes and was a very stylish dresser throughout his life.

Later life

Jones would go on to hold a number of jobs throughout the Piedmont region, working at Trailways, Parker Field, and for the State of Virginia. At one point in his life, he would move to Cumberland, Virginia. Jones also began spending time in Charlottesville, working merchandise inventory at the local McDonald's as well as holding a job at Mel's Cafe, where he was noted by his coworkers for being a pleasant person to work with and for having an infectious, outgoing personality that extended to the restaurant's patrons as well as fellow employees.

Death and legacy

Jones passed away on July 15, 2022, at the age of 59. With the exception of his father, he was survived by all of his aforementioned family members in addition to his nephew Gregory McShine and his close friend Karen Harris. A memorial service with live streaming was held at the March Funeral Homes Laburnum Chapel in Richmond at 11 a.m. on July 27, 2022, with a private internment ceremony taking place afterwards.[1] Various loved ones sent condolences to Jones' family, sharing memories of their time with him.[2]


  1. Web. Randy Jones Obituary (2022), Richmond Times-Dispatch, 07/25/2022
  2. Web. Randy Dudley Jones TributeWall, March Funeral Homes, 07/22/2022