Reverend Robert D. Jones
NOVEMBER 7, 1926 ~ JULY 6, 2019 (AGE 92)
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
A Time To Be Born: Brother Robert David Jones was born November 7, 1926 in Middleton, Tennessee to the late David Green Jones and the late Alma Lee (Horton) Jones. He was the youngest of the five siblings. He acquired the nickname of “Horse” early in life.
His funeral service was held on Saturday July 13, 2019 at 12:00 noon at Mt. Olive MB Church with Reverend Nathan Gibbs in charge. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery-Saulsbury and Dixie Funeral Home www.dixiefuneralhome.com was in charge of the professional service.
At an early age, he confessed a hope in Christ and became a member of Bowden Hill C.M.E. Church. He was given the responsibility of serving as steward at age 14 to be a reporting delegate at the Conference. After moving to Flint, Michigan, he united with First Union Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and trainer to other deacons under the leadership of Pastor Archie Powell. After retirement, he returned to Middleton and united with New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where he remained a faithful member until his health began to fail.
A Time to Live: He attended school in Hardeman County. His lifestyle was that of farming and practicing the value of hard work and the love of family. He married his beloved wife, the late Eva Lillian Blake Jones on December 23, 1946. They moved to Flint in 1955 to reside and raise their family. He retired from V-8 Engine with General Motors in 1992 and returned to Tennessee. He accepted his calling into the preacher ministry and was licensed to preach in 1993 under the leadership of the late Pastor Bobby Geanes. He received his certificate of Ordination as a preacher on September 9, 2018 from Pastor Nathan Gibbs and Pastor Jerry Crisp. As a member of New Mt. Pleasant, he taught the junior male Sunday School class. He assisted the Pastor with duties from the pulpit. In addition to his church’s membership, he was a faithful and active member of the “A Thought To Live By” radio ministry on WOJG 94.7 FM on Friday nights. He and his son, Roy, often played the guitar as a team. He was a member of the Independent Society Local Number Three where he served as President for many years. He enjoyed raising his own vegetables with a very productive garden to share with the neighborhood. He also had a skill of craftsmanship. He enjoyed singing with one of his favorite song “ This Little Light of Mine” and his favorite scripture was John 14:1-2. He was very fashionable in his suit and tie with the full—cut natural gray hair. Because of his wisdom, his delightful personality and his many history stories, several of his friends affectionately called him “Uncle Robert”. The voice has ceased and he will be greatly missed.
A Time To Die: On Saturday afternoon, July 6, 2019, God called another one of his faithful servant home. In the midst of his health issues related to COPD and pneumonia, he remained faithful to his belief in God until death. The family was around his hospital bedside to witness the peaceful transition. He was blessed to live 92 years and eight months. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Lillian Jones on October 15,2015; son-in-law, Ernest Standokes; great grandson, Aabriel Jones, Jr.; three sisters, Fannie Edmondson, Emma I. Whisnant, and Iness (Georgia) Ward; one brother, Curtis Jones. Youngest of his siblings, he’s also the last to go home to be with the Lord.
A Time To Mourn: Brother Jones leaves to cherish his memory: one daughter, Dorothy Standokes; five sons, Roy Jones, Robert (Deborah) Jones, Asa (Sylvia) Jones, Casey (Avis) Jones, and David Jones along with two special l adies to whom he called daughter, Yolanda (Terry) Neeley and Karen (Rodney) Robinson; twenty grandchildren, Ernest Jr., Mardana (Tracy), Shaneka (Tamarcus), Wanda, Teffony, Stacy (NaKeisha), Stan, Juan, Evan, Asa II, David II (Carol), Shonda (Juan), Aabriel (LaShontay), Terron, Jeremy, Angelica, Savien, Amber, Ason, Aven; thir-ty-six great grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and church family.
A Time To Rest: And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away and be a rest (Psalm 55:6)
November 7, 1926
July 6, 2019