Junious Alexander Rhone Jr., known to all who knew him as “Jay,” formed his own computer business, “WARP10 Solutions.”
In April 2010, after many years of working on, building and fixing problem computers for friends, family and clients, he became certified as an IT technician.
In 2011, he received his Microsoft certification as a systems administrator. He also maintained and designed the Mount Carmel Baptist Church website.
Rhone died on Feb. 7 after a short illness. He was 51.
Rhone was born in 1961 in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day. He was the only child of Junious A. Rhone Sr. and Shirley Redcross Rhone.
He attended Waldron Academy and graduated from Friends Central High School. Following his graduation from Friends, he attended Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. and Hampton University in Hampton, Va., where he majored in business administration.
He was baptized at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in his early years, and later, as an adult, served on the usher board. He moved on to join the trustee board of the Church and to serve as chair of the Computerization Committee.
He first married April Alexander with whom he has a son, Junious A. Rhone III, who is better known as “Alex.” On September 24, 1993, he later married Robin Dickerson.
His work career includes several years as a Pay-Per-View Manager and Supervisor at the former Wade Cablevision. Later, he was employed by Comcast Cable as a National Marketing Coordinator, a Customer Service Supervisor and as a National Service and Installation Project Coordinator.
His family said he excelled at training others. He worked for both the Metropolitan Career Center and at Solutions for Progress in the capacity of trainer. He moved on to work for Action AIDS in Philadelphia, as an IS Technical Support Specialist.
At the time of his death, he was employed once again at the Comcast organization, this time as a business service technician in the company’s Horsham office.
In this capacity, he assisted business subscribers with their cable, television, telephone and internet problems and concerns. At the same time, he was also enrolled at the New Horizons Computer Learning Center in pursuit of a MCTIP certification in Windows 7.
Following his diagnosis of multiple myeloma more than a decade ago, he became an ardent advocate for the Cancer Support Community (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), participating in their many programs and being a part of a support group.
Rhone’s family said he loved all things Star Trek, DC comics books, especially Superman, working on computers, going fly fishing, listening to the music of the Beatles, Prince, Yolanda Adams and Elton John, cheering and praying for the Philadelphia Eagles, cultivating his vegetable garden and building remote control model airplanes.
He was remembered as cherishing his family with a passion. He was devoted to his church. He endeavored to be loyal to his many friends. He was a people person, possessed an inquiring mind and quick wit, loved his cat Coco and especially, his bichon frise, Callie, whom some of his family members referred to as his “daughter.”
Rhone is survived by: parents, Junious Sr. and Shirley; wife, Robin; his son, Junious III; daughter-in-law, Ronnecia; uncle, Mercer A. Redcross Sr.; great-aunt, Zetherine Rhone; and a host of cousins and friends.
Services will be held Feb. 17 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 5732 Race St. The viewing will be at 9 a.m. The service will start at 11 a.m. Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.