History of the Restoration Movement

Judson Stanley Jones


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The Life of J.S. Jones

Judson Stanley Jones was born the 8th of December 1888 in Graves County, Kentucky. He was the son of James McClure Jones (1946-1923) and Emily Elizabeth Morrison Jones (1859-1926).

He was married to Garnett Alexander in 1915. They had two children, Florence Marie Choate (1916-2003) and Patsy Joe (1927-??).

He began his ministry in Clarksville, Tennessee in the late teens, but moved to Senath, Missouri to preach in the later part of 1920. In 1923 he moved his family to Wingo, Kentucky where he worked with the church there for several years. He was in demand for gospel meetings in the mid-1920s, preaching all over northwest Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

In late 1925 he conducted a debate with Missionary Baptist, J.M. Hooker in Pryorsburg, Kentucky. A report on that debate is below.

In the late 20’s he moved for a short time down to Benton, Kentucky, to preach, but was only there for a year or so before returning to Wingo.

Brother Jones passed from this life on the 14th of April, 1963. Burial followed in the Oak Grave Cemetery in Dukedom, Weakley County, Tennessee.

J.S. and Garnett’s daughter, Marie, married a gospel preacher, writer and historian by the name of J.E. Choate. The Choates are buried a few feet behind the graves of her parents.

-Scott Harp, 03.19.2020

1925 Debate Between J.S. Jones & J.M. Hooker

Gospel Advocate, 01.07.1926, page 17

Directions To Grave

J.S. and Garnett Jones are buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. From Jackson, in West Tennessee, take I-40 to Exit #80 and head north on Hwy. 45E. Go through Medina and Milan on 45E. At Greenfield, take Hwy. 54 to Dresden. Go North out of Dresden on Hwy. 118 for 14.8 miles and when you come to the Kentucky State Line, turn left on Hwy. 129. Go 2.2 miles and the church and cemetery will be on your left. Go into the center drive of the cemetery. Head about mid-way of the road and begin looking to the right. The Jones monument is facing the drive. Behind them is the grave of their daughter Marie, and her husband J.E. Choate. Also buried in the cemetery are other preachers, Bill Cannon, C.A. Colley, and Homer Royster. The trip is right at 67 miles from Jackson.

GPS Location
36°30'04.3"N 88°45'22.9"W
or D.d. 36.501205,-88.756369

NOTE: J.E. Choate, another gospel preacher in distance.

J. Stanley - December 8, 1888-April 14, 1963
Garnett Alexander - July 19, 1893 - May 18, 1965

Photos Taken 02.13.2020
Webpage produced 03.19.2020
Courtesy Of Scott Harp

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