Jonathan Lee French

Born: Tue., Apr. 21, 1964
Died: Sun., Sep. 15, 2019


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 17, 2019
Location: Acquoni Baptist Chapel

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Sep. 18, 2019
Location: Acquoni Baptist Chapel

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Mr. Jonathan Lee French was born on April 21, 1964, in Washington, DC, and passed away on September 16, 2019. He was born to Susannah Roach, and raised by Dinah C. French, his grandmother. Both were his moms, and his dad was Howard Roach (deceased). Because of the closeness among family and how they were raised, Mr. French’s siblings included his biological brother and sisters as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins. These include: Eugene French (brother), Jennifer Wahkinney (sister), Elizabeth Fowler (sister), Felicia Roach (sister), Dale French, Sr. (uncle, deceased), Nick French (uncle, deceased), Maude Paul (aunt, deceased), Darlene DeFoe (aunt), Ann French (aunt), Dawna Paul (cousin), Margaret Welch (cousin), Eddie Paul (cousin), and Dale French, Jr. (cousin). Additional survivors include his Uncle Wilbur Paul, Aunt Nora French, sister-in-law Beverly French, brother-in-laws Darrell Wahkinney and Charles Welch, numerous nieces and nephews along with extended family. Mr. French spent much of his life in Cherokee, North Carolina, although he spent time during his childhood years in Maryland and Oklahoma, and lived and worked in Maryland for a two-year period as a young man. He attended Haskell University in Lawrence, Kansas, and returned to Cherokee where he worked in local shops and expanded his knowledge and appreciation for Native arts. Mr. French was also a gifted beadworker. He sold many pieces through various shops and markets and was sought after to bead special request items. Mr. French went on to work for the Barclay Factory, rising to a departmental Assistant Manager position before it closed. For the past nearly 15 years, Mr. French worked for the Harrah’s Casino Resort in Cherokee in the retail department as an arts and crafts buyer and salesperson. Jonathan was a long time member of the Yellowhill Baptist Church. He also loved to cook, trying new recipes no matter how complex, which he shared with family and friends. There are many who treasure their friendship with Jonathan. From childhood friends to co-workers and customers to those he met during his cancer journey, many expressed their love for him, his humor, his kindness, and gratefulness that he is a part of their lives. His thoughtfulness in putting others first is a hallmark of character, which he carried through even to his funeral service planning. He is an inspiration and will be greatly missed. But he knew where he is going and we rejoice that we will see him again in heaven. Visitation will be at Acquoni Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, with Funeral Service to follow on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 10:00 am. Interment will be at the French Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chelis Santoyo, Jacob French, Johi Griffin, Steven Lambert, Alan “Bundy” Rogers, and Michael Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Wilbur Paul, Eugene French, Dale French, Jr., Eddie Paul, and Charles Welch.

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   Posted Mon September 16, 2019
Jon, you are and will always be the strongest, and most brave warrior I have ever known. It was a honor to have known you these past 6 years. Working alongside you, I learned so much from you. You have an infectious smile and your compassion for others is one of your many admirable traits. May God bless you and your family. Til we meet again.

Dawn Kirkland
   Posted Mon September 16, 2019
I didn't know him well but, he was always sweet when I saw him. And as far as I could tell he was a strong person

Robert Parker
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by True Holiness Church of Jesus Christ .

Deepest Sympathy, True Holiness Church of Jesus Christ, Pastor Robert D. Parker, Sr., and Congregation.

   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
He went to heaven to wait on his family prayers for everyone!

   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
I was sadden and heartbroken to learn of Jonathan's passing. I will cherish many fond and funny memories of him. He never changed and we went for years without seeing each other but it was like we had never not been apart upon seeing each other again. May God wrap his arms around each family member grieving and prayers for peace and comfort during this time.

Carolina Stebbins
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
My deepest condolence to Jon's family and friends. Jon will be greatly missed by me and his peers, he is a true treasure and we all valued his friendship. Today we get to celebrate his life as he would have wanted us to.
Carolina Stebbins

Ann Bongiovanni
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
We loved and cared for Jon very much in the Retail Department. He was happy and smiling all days even after chemo. Rest In Peace Jon.

Pam Smolik
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
I'm thankful to have known such a wonderful person and for you, his friends and family, my thoughts are with you.
Jon was always there for me with a smile and warm welcome at work. I will miss talking to him about so many things, but know that he is now somewhere where he can once again do the things he hasn't been able to recently. I envision him surrounded by those he loves, hearing stories of Cherokee heritage and doing his beadwork.

Davada Long
   Posted Wed September 18, 2019
I had the pleasure to meet jon at the casino. He was such a good person.
I was drawn to his humor. He will be sadly missed
Until we meet again fly high my friend.
Love & prayers for the entire family.

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