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  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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Rev. Melvin O. Jones, Sr.
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Rev. Melvin O. Jones, Sr. – November 28, 2014 @ 11:00 a.m.
                                               Mt. Calvary M. B. Church in Tchula, MS

Rev. Melvin O. Jones

Into another of our homes death has again entered, with his unrelenting face, his unhearing ears, his sealed lips. Again a family has gone close to the valley of the shadows and left a loved one there, they – to turn back to the earth, life desolate, heart-broken and the deceased to step into the Heaven of life, where there is no more death, neither sorrow, not crying, nor pain. Surely we cannot grieve for our dear beloved, Rev. Melvin O. Jones, SR., who was called home to be with His Lord on Thursday, November 20, 2014. It is for ourselves we mourn, forgetting perhaps, in our selfish sorrow that “IT IS WELL” with our beloved in that better place.

Melvin O. Jones was born to the late Lewis and Bessie Jones on February 22, 1942 in Belzoni, MS. He professed his hope in Christ at an early age at the New Hope Baptist Church. He received his elementary and high school education and graduated from Saints Industrial High School in MS. He joined the United States Army serving a tour of duty from September 1964 to September 1966 receiving an honorable discharge. Melvin was very active in the Civil Rights Movement aimed at achieving change for improvements in the legal rights of oppressed groups of people.

He relocated to Illinois seeking a better life. While living in Springfield, Melvin was a member and served as a Deacon at the Pilgrim Rest M. B. Church. Under the pastorate of Rev. Charles W. Tiner, Sr., Melvin accepted his call into the preaching ministry and received his license on March 30, 1992. He later attended Wabash Valley College and Lincoln Land Community College receiving training and licensing as an electrician after working may years in the coal mines. He later relocated to Henderson, Kentucky and worked as an electrician for R. C. Cola. In 2009, Melvin moved to Lexington, MS where he resided until his death.

Melvin was preceded in death by two sons; Minister Melvin O. Jones, Jr. and Jarvis, three siblings; William C. Jones, Robert Clarence Jones, and Bessie Mae German.

He leaves to cherish his memories five children; Annette (Larry) Fisher, Myron Coleman, Sheila Jones, Tyra Jones, and Alana Jones, 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, three sisters; Leola Brown, Carrie Pearl Jones, and Maxine Taylor, 2 brothers; George (Shirley) Jones and John Henry Jones, his fiancé; Ouida Baptiste, brother-in-law; Howard German, sister-in-law; Eva Jones, best friend; Arnett Lewis, and a host of nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends.