History of the Restoration Movement

John Olus Jones


J.O. Jones Is Deceased

J. O. Jones, a long time and faithful minister of the gospel, died of a heart attack in the early hours of the morning of December 21, 1988. A funeral service was conducted by this writer on December 23, at the Kingston Church of Christ, in Kingston, Tennessee, where Brother Jones was serving as the full-time minister. His body was buried in the new cemetery at Winfield, Alabama, where a second funeral service was conducted by his long time teacher and counselor, Gus Nichols.

John Olus Jones was born in Vernon, Alabama, June 19, 1910. He married the former Christine A. Woods on December 21, 1934. To this union three children were born: Alice Jacqueline Jones, now Mrs. Don Rusk; John William Jones, minister of a church in Greenville, South Carolina; and Rebecca Jane Jones, now Mrs. Richard Curtis. All of the Jones' children are faithful members of the church of the Lord. At the time of his death, Brother Jones and his good wife, Christine, were scheduled to move to Greenville, Alabama, where he was to begin fulltime work with the church there. 

Brother Jones was quite a successful businessman prior to his becoming a gospel preacher. He owned and operated a cotton gin and bought and sold cotton. He was also engaged in the general merchandise and lumber business and worked as an Insurance agent. He gave up those business connections to preach the gospel, and his first fulltime work was with the Winfield Church at Winfield, Alabama. Since that beginning he served as minister of the following churches: Highland Street church, Memphis, Tennessee; Pulaski Heights church, Little Rock, Arkansas; Madison Street church, Clarksville, Tennessee; Homewood church, Birmingham, Alabama; Pleasant Valley church, Mobile, Alabama; Hialeah church, Hialeah, Florida; and Kingston church, Kingston, Tennessee. 

Brother Jones was an active member of the Board of Directors of Alabama Christian College. He had a deep and abiding interest in all of the brotherhood schools and colleges, and he was constantly urging students, parents, and elders to choose and/or encourage the course of Christian Education for the youth of the church. 

Brother Jones lived a great life, and he was blessed in having a wonderful wife to stand by him in all of its righteous undertakings. His life was particularly noted for the following characteristics:

He put the preaching of the gospel above all other considerations,

He was sound in the faith, and he preached often the fundamentals of the faith,

He loved people —all people—, and he rejoiced when they were happy, and he was sorrowful when they were sad. 

He was a man mild in manner, calm in judgment, and patient in waiting upon the Lord,

He was a man of optimism, of faith; and as he grew older, he grew younger and his motto was "to do good and to be good."

He was a devoted friend to the cause of Christian Education throughout the Brotherhood.

He was an affectionate and devoted husband and father, and at all times he was a friend of man.  With his delightful and genuine personality, Brother Jones inspired men to greater heights of Christian living. His greeting of "How are you today, my good brother?" was calculated to bring out the best within any person. Truly, a good man is gone from us.

-Rex Turner, Gospel Advocate, February 6, 1969, p.98. Note: This is a timed piece. Some of those enlisted as living may be now deceased.

Gospel Advocate Report

-Jones, J.O., Gospel Advocate, December 8, 1938, page 1153

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November 1944

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Directions To The Grave of J.O. Jones

J.O. and Christine Jones are buried in Marion County Memorial Gardens in Gu-Win, Alabama. From Birmingham, Alabama head toward Memphis, Tennessee on Hwy. 78/I-22 Corridor. Take the Winfield exit, Hwy. 129. Go south and hit Hwy. 118. Turn right (west). Go through Winfield, heading toward Guin. Just west of the city of Winfield is the small unincorporated town of Gu-Win. (Note: It is before the city of Guin.) As you enter Gu-Win look to your left and enter the Memorial Garden Cemetery. Park in front of the section just behind the sign. Head toward the statue in the middle of the section. Count 8 rows, and just to your left, next to the walk are the graves of J.O. and Christine Jones. Just behind the grave of J.O. Jones is the grave of another gospel preacher, O. C. Lambert.

GPS Location
33°56'53.5"N 87°51'39.0"W
or D.d. 33.948191, -87.860844

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J.O. 1910-1968
Christine W. 1913-2006
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Website produced 03.13.2013
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