Lionel Jules was born in Desdunes, Haiti on October 10, 1953, to St. Pierre Jules and Lydia Jules. Lionel, affectionately called “Nennen” by his children, always had dreams of a better and different life and so at a young age he decided to travel to America, though he knew no one and
did speak any English. His grandparents and Eloicine Eloi (who raised him) helped him raise money to travel to America in 1976 and he soon found himself in New Jersey. Lionel eventually moved to and settled in Cambridge, MA and would also move to Rhode Island and then to
Florida. While in Haiti, Lionel married the love of his life Ismene (Previlon) Jules, in the summer of 1976. Their union was blessed with three children: Lunie Jules, Lucine Jules and Nelson Jules. Despite being in a foreign country and not speaking the language, (which he eventually learned)
Lionel was always a hard worker and provided for his family by working many different jobs. His last job was in construction and after many years of working he decided to retire, travel and enjoy his life in his beloved country of Haiti, where he spent his final years. Lionel loved music, reading and learning. He had always played the organ at church and learned to play the keyboard as well. His passion for books, was evidenced in his vast collection. He was fluent in French, Haitian-Creole and Spanish which he taught to students at school in Haiti. He got his degree in theology and became a Pastor because of his love of learning and his love of God. Lionel’s love of God extended to his desire to always help people so he and his wife, Ismene Jules started a church, in Lehigh Acres, Florida, L’Eglise du Dieu du Bon Samaritain, where they served the Haitian communities of Lehigh Acres and Immokalee. They were both known to always throw a great party every holiday, donate their time and their money all for their love of God and people. He truly enjoyed helping and serving people. He also loved to laugh and play with children and was always known to tell a good joke or two. He went on to be a missionary in Haiti. He took care of the people of his community in Gonaives. He shared his home, his life and God with everyone he met. On Wednesday September 8, 2021, after creating and living the life that he wanted, God called Lionel home. He left knowing that he was loved by everyone, whose life that he touched. Lionel Jules leaves to remember his life and legacy as they mourn their loss: loving daughters:
Lunie Jules and Lucine Jules, loving son: Nelson Jules, Granddaughters: Nevaeh Jules Johnson, Marlowe Wray Chambliss, brothers: Jacques L’Ouverture, Yves L’Ouverture, Ernst
L’Ouverture, Edwich Previlon, David Previlon, brothers-in-law, Jean-Baptiste Previlon, Jean-Claude Previlon, sister-in-law: Verode Dalce, nieces: Doudeline L’Ouverture, Christina
L’Ouverture, Modegina L’Ouverture, Chalindia L’Ouverture, nephews: Fred Previlon, Wilner Previlon, Jean-Ronald Aldajuste, Dobenson L’Ouverture, and countless Previlon, Jules and
Vincent family members as well as many friends.
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