Joel Ernest Jonathan

November 17, 1937 ~ May 18, 2022 (age 84)


Joel Ernest Jonathan, 84, was born in New Delhi, India on November 17, 1937.  He came to the U.S. in 1972 and called Snellville, Georgia “home”.  He ascended to his home in Heaven peacefully on May 18, 2022, with his daughter and son-in-law by his side, hand-in-hand.  He is the son of Christopher Jonathan and Dulcina Pearson.  Joel is survived by his daughter, Sonia Lack and son-in-law Brian Lack, PhD of Cumming, Georgia; and his son, Samuel Jonathan and daughter-in-law Shanna Jonathan of Sugar Hill, Georgia.  He also leaves behind four grandsons, Michael Jonathan, Joshua Jonathan, Holden Lack, and Kellen Lack; and two granddaughters, Elizabeth Jonathan and Priya Lack.  Joel is preceded in death by Mrs. Edith Jonathan, mother to his two children.  He is survived by his brother, Dr. Joseph Kenneth Jonathan and sister Mrs. Joyce Masih and preceded in death by his brother, Mr. John Reginald Jonathan and sister Mrs. Julie Singh of India.

Joel worked in Operations and Facility Maintenance at Pet, Inc. and Pillsbury for over 20 years.  After retirement, Joel spent much of his time traveling between the U.S. and India to visit his brothers and sisters and other relatives abroad and would come back to visit his children and grandchildren here in the U.S.  Eventually, he came back full-time to spend time with his grandchildren and watch them grow up.  Joel enjoyed cooking, reading about other religions and cultures as well as watching many, many Bollywood movies.  But what made him the happiest was the time he spent with his grandchildren who he loved more than anything.  He was known as "Nana" and "Dada" to his grandchildren whom he showered with affection and gifts.  Joel loved to attend family gatherings at his daughter’s home on holidays and weekends to watch his younger grandchildren play, share in some Indian cooking, or just BBQ with his son-in-law.  Joel was a private person but he was blessed with wonderful friends and neighbors, his church, and relatives nearby whom he visited often to spend time with or share a meal with and catching up together.  He was loving, caring, and strong in his faith.

His family is grateful to Northside Hospital Gwinnett and Seasons Hospice of Cumming, Georgia and their staff for their loving care and comfort they provided to him and his family.

A service will not be held as he will be going home to India as his final resting place.  His family welcomes your condolences which may be sent or viewed at  McDonald and Son Funeral Home in memory of Joel Jonathan.


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