Michael R. Jones
June 26, 1950 – December 30, 2016
Michael R. Jones was born in Cairo, Georgia on June 26, 1950, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jones. Mike was the fourth child of seven children born to this union. While Mike was still a young child, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska.
For most of his life the family lived on 27th and Manderson, where Mike attended Druid Hill Elementary School, Horace Mann Jr. High, and Creighton Prep High School. K After graduating from Creighton Prep, Mike went on to college, attending Kansas State University. He then transferred to Creighton University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and art education.
Though art was Mike’s passion, it was clear he had other skills that would eventually make his name a household word. Mike was the first African American in Omaha to be heard in a regular news program when he joined KFAB radio from 1967 to 1974. Mike bounced around radio for several years until he was hired as a reporter for KETV-7 in 1979. In many circles, both inside and outside those in broadcasting, Mike was known as the “GOLDEN THROAT.” He had an unmistakable voice and a style of reporting that left no doubt about Mike’s professionalism and dedication to making sure he did a balanced and fair job in reporting a story every time out. Mike worked for Channel 7 for more than nineteen years before moving on to Omaha Public Power District where he became the senior Public Relations person. Though he was out of television, it was clearly not the last time Mike would appear on camera. For OPPD, Mike was quite often the face that explained complicated issues and gave other pertinent information for the publicly owned utility company. For nearly seventeen years, Mike was the main OPPD spokesperson.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Hazel; sisters, Victoria Foard and Pauline Jones; brothers, Alphonso and Harvey. He leaves to mourn: his loving wife of nearly twenty-five years, Phyllis; father, Howard; three children: Jamil, Odies, and Odiesha; sister, Margrette Crossley; brother, David Jones (Debra); and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends.
FUNERAL SERVICE Saturday, Jan. 7th at 11am at the Bel Air Chapel with VISITATION beginning at 10:30am. Private Interment. Memorials may be directed to the family.