ALBANY -- Mr. Prince Thomas Jones, 100, of Albany, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Blue Run Baptist Church, Constitution Highway, Barboursille Virginia. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Prince T. Jones was the youngest of six children born to the late Julia Fields Jones and Daniel Jones of Barboursville, Virginia. He attended public school #7 of that city.
He was united in marriage for 66 years to the late Gertrude Anderson Jones. To this union three children were born: T. Marshall, Gladys and Arthur (now deceased).
Deacon Jones was a member of Blue Run Baptist Church of Barboursville, VA for 88 years where he had served as Chairman of Deacon and Trustees' Boards, Church Treasurer, member of Male Chorus and the Sunday School. Deacon Jones was also a third degree Mason.
During the 80's Deacon Jones was featured in the National Geographic Magazine as a consultant relative to the history of the Blue Run Baptist Church. He was a featured speaker for the African American Museum. Interested in the education of young people, he served as a mentor at Orange Elementary School in Orange, VA. In the July/August 2011 Edition of Southwest Georgia Living Magazine, he was featured in an article entitled "Living Younger Longer."
Deacon Jones and his wife served in the employ of Harry T. Peters of Orange, Virginia for 25 years until they retired in 1982.
Fond of traveling, Deacon and Mrs. Jones visited their daughter and her family in Los Angeles frequently. Deacon Jones was also fortunate to have the distinction of having traveled to the Holy Land in Egypt. He was an avid fisherman having once caught an 8-1/2 lb. bass on the Windholme Farm. He was featured with his prized catch in the local newspaper, The Orange Review.
When Deacon Jones' health began to fail, he relocated to Albany, GA to be in the care of his son and his family. At the time of his demise, he was a resident of the Morningside Assisted Living Facility. On April 12,2012 he celebrated his 100th birthday among family and friends from California, Virginia and Georgia. Born the day the Titanic sank on April 15,1912, Deacon Jones was a historical figure. WALB TV in Albany, GA interviewed and featured him on their station where he recited a Titanic poem. He was also celebrated on TODAY in Georgia on WALB TV and on Willard Scott's NBC TODAY Show. He received a birthday greeting from President Barack Obama and the first family and a Congressional Recognition from the Honorable Sanford Bishop, Congressman of Georgia's Second District.
Cherishing his memories are his son, Dr. T. Marshall Jones (Mary), Albany, GA; his daughter, Mrs. Gladys Jones Saddler (Herbert), Los Angeles, CA; nine grandchildren: Sonya Saddler Miles (Patrick), Thomas Rafer Jones, Vernon Tracy Jones, Jeffrey Alan Jones, Derek Herbert Saddler (Desiree), William Arnold Jones, Damon Roosevelt Saddler (Angelique) and Brian Marshall Jones (Stephanie); eight great grandchildren; one great great grandson; a Goddaughter, Vanessa Smith (Emmett); an adopted granddaughter, Stephanie Harrison Dyer (Ken) and two adopted great granddaughters; nieces, Alberta Germain and Mary Virginia Butler; nephews, Romeo Faulks, Jr., Harry Jones, Jr. and Sherman Jones; other relatives and friends.
Satchell Funeral Home. 118 East Church Street, Orange, Virginia 22960 (540) 672-4490 is in charge of arrangements.
Poteat Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.
Poteat Funeral Home