Rev. J.P. Jones died Monday, June 4, 2018 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center in Whiteville after months of declining health. He was born Oct. 20, 1924 to William M. and Mamie Collins Jones in Fuquay-Varina.
Rev. Jones married the former Lynda Lou Pope in 1944, and she proved to be the needed foundation for his family while he executed his strong work ethic in ministry, business, charities, and farming before her death in 2006.
Rev. Jones was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Willie C. Jones, Bennie Sherrill Jones, K.D. Jones, Willard Jones, Wilton Jones; two sisters, Florence Jones Rollins, Viola Jones; and a grandson, Samuel Cain.
Rev. Jones was an active pastor for more than 50 years mostly serving Emmanuel Holiness churches in Coats, Tabor City, Whiteville, Bladenboro and Chadbourn. He also served as state overseer of N.C. churches for his Emmanuel Holiness Conference. He was also honored recently as the last, living, founding member of the Emmanuel Holiness General Conference in 1953.
Jones’s various business interests include founding Jones Stores/J&C Wholesale Co. in 1954, which grew to more than 40 stores by 1999.
Rev. Jones also served on the Loris, S.C. Hospital/McLeod Health Board for 25 years.
Farming proved to be a joyous business for Jones as he established a cattle herd and productive crop lands.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at Tabor City Baptist Church with the family receiving friends prior to the service at 12 p.m. Entombment will be private. Inman Ward Funeral Home of Tabor City is handling the arrangements.
Rev. Jones is survived by children, James Ronald Jones (Margaret) and Dennis D. Jones (Sara), both of Tabor City, Michael K. Jones (Carolyn) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Darlene J. Cain of North Myrtle Beach, Jennifer J. Cartrette of Greenville; two sisters, Marie J. Heath of Raleigh and Mary J. Boone (Frank) of Fuquay-Varina; 11 grandchildren, Meredith Jones Lay (Emmett), Adam Jones (Lulu), Lauren Jones Richardson (Drake), Anna Jones Townsend (Alex), Catherine Jones Phillips (Kyle), Heath Cain (Teresa), Nicole Cartrette Fiehler (Brad), Beth Cartrette, Anthony Cartrette (Lindsay), Molly Jones and Charlotte Jones; and 13 great-grandchildren, Emma Ann Lay, Dunkin Lay, Brady Jones, Lawson Richardson, John Hudson Richardson, Griffin Townsend, Grady Townsend, Austin Taylor, Tucker Fiehler, Hadley Fiehler, Scarlett Cartrette, Lillian Cartrette and Jones Lay.
Memorials may be made to your favorite church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28401 or Matthew 25 Ministry, P.O. Box 313, Tabor City, N.C. 28463.
A guest register is available at inmanwardfuneralhome.com.