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Paul R. Jelks

December 6, 1927 August 16, 2019
Paul R. Jelks
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Paul Ricardo Jelks was born on December 6, 1927 in Haywood County Tennessee to the blessed union of Willie and Sarah Rivers Jelks.

Paul was the eighth of nine children born to his parent’s union. Seeking a better life, Paul moved to Decatur, Illinois in 1943.

Paul was one of the best fast pitch pitcher for the Jolly Boys fast pitch softball team. The Jolly Boys was an All Black Fast Pitch Soft Ball Team formed in Decatur, Illinois. They played all Fast Pitch Soft Ball Teams in Decatur most of whom was White and one team of Black and White players. The Jolly Boys dominated the game.

Paul was always busy working in the Decatur Community. Paul was a trained barber owning his own barbershop with his nephew, U.L. Newbon. The shop was known as J & N (Jelks and Newbon). For years

Paul had a business of purchasing homes, rehabbing them and renting them out. Paul was employed by A.E. Staley’s for 38 years. He was one of the first Blacks to go through their training for a machinist. Paul retired in 1982 from Staley’s. In 1985, Paul retired from being a barber. Paul spent the last 34 years happily retired.

Paul was a member of the United States Army Air Core and a Veteran of World War II, a Mason 33rd Degree, A Shriner Past Potenate, Past Master in the Blue House, Past Master John C. Ellis Lodge #17, Past Worthy Patron St. Mary’s Chapter #65, Past Grand Lodge Auditor MWPHGL State of Illinois, Past Commander-in-Chief Menelik Consistory #49, a member of the NAACP, and various other organizations.

Early in his life, Paul dedicated his life to Christ. Paul was a dedicated member of Trinity CME Church for over 70 years, serving among other positions on the Steward Board, and a Trustee of Trinity CME Church.
Paul was united in holy matrimony to Ardelia Tyus. They have a daughter Sandra Tyus. Paul touched many lives in his various positions and jobs. He helped his large and close family move from Tennessee to Decatur Illinois, always encouraging his family members to better themselves. He set an example by continuing to better himself in his businesses, his job at Staley’s and in his community service. 

On Friday, August 16, 2019, The Lord God called Paul Ricardo Jelks home. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Ardelia Tyus Jelks of Decatur, daughter Ms. Sandra Tyus, granddaughter, Ms. Ashley Tyus, great grand daughter Ms. Naliyah Tyus Stensby all of Lakewood, Washington, sister Mrs. Lettie Allen of Decatur, and stepdaughter Ms. Sharon Tyus (Sterling S. Miller) of St. Louis, Missouri. Also surviving him are are a host of beloved family, Nieces, Nephews, Grand Nieces, Grand Nephews, Cousins, Brother-In Laws, and Sister-In-Laws. His father, mother, four (4) brothers and four (4) sisters, and a son


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Visitation

Wednesday

28

Aug

10:00 AM 8/28/2019 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 8/28/2019 12:00:00 PM
Trinity C.M.E. Church

444 South Webster Street
Decatur, IL 62521

Masonic Rites by the John C. Ellis Lodge #117 at 11:30 A.M.

Trinity C.M.E. Church
444 South Webster Street Decatur 62521 IL
United States

Service

Wednesday

28

Aug

12:00 PM 8/28/2019 12:00:00 PM
Trinity C.M.E. Church

444 South Webster Street
Decatur, IL 62521

Masonic Rites by the John C. Ellis Lodge #117 at 11:30 A.M.

Trinity C.M.E. Church
444 South Webster Street Decatur 62521 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Graceland Cemetery Final Resting Place

2091 North Oakland Avenue
Decatur, IL 62526

2091 North Oakland Avenue Decatur 62526 IL
United States
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