Rev. Somers Ralph Jones, Sr., born September 22, 1921, served the Lord and church families of Georgia for over 67 years. He was a long time pastor at several metro area churches and very active in the Georgia and Southern Baptist Associations. he was called to be with Our Lord, peacefully on June 25, 2010, at the age of 88. Rev. Jones was licensed to preach at Decatur Heights Baptist Church in 1943. He became pastor of Flint River Baptist Church in 1944 and thus began his nearly 7 decades of guiding congregations throughout Georgia. His ministry included Fellowship Baptist Church in Brunswick, Memorial Drive Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church both in Stone Mountain. Twice he served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church in College Park now located in Fayetteville, first for 16 years and then returned in 1977. He was named pastor emeritus in 1997 and continued to serve in that capacity to present. Rev. Jones was born in Stone Mountain, GA and attended Stone Mountain High School, lettering in basketball. He also excelled as a Golden Gloves boxer. Early in his career he was employed by Whitman Linen Company in addition to his pastoral duties. Rev. Jones is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Leona Jones, and 3 of their 4 children, S. Ralph Jones, Jr., David W. Jones, Sr., and Naomi Jones Rodgers. He is survived by his daughter, Beverly and her husband Tommy Croy. Other survivors include sisters, Betty Turner and Gladys Campbell; Sister-in-Law, Gwen Flynn; Daughter-in-Laws, Bobbie Smith and Judy Jones; 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Flowers accepted or memorial donations may be sent to Sacred Journey Hospice, 138 Peach Dr, McDonough, GA 30253 or Southside Baptist Church, 1332 Hwy 92 South, Fayetteville, GA 30215.

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  1. I will love and miss my pa paw more than words can say. I thank him give leaving the legacy he did. I know he is in a better place with Jesus.

  2. Preacher Jones, I will love you forever and forever. You were there for everything our family every went through including marriages, deaths and births. You are the best and always will be in my book. Rest now at the feet of Jesus and enjoy the reunion of those gone before you. As you always said “you were prayed up, packed up and ready to go up.” I love you more than words can say, you were the best and the most faithful man I ever knew. I am proud to say I knew you! I Love You!

  3. I know the kind of man Rev. Jones was by what his grand-daughter Christal said about him. I wish I could have known him better. May all of you have the knowledge that he is now with his Lord and all of his family members who went before him. God Bless All of You.

  4. I don’t know the words that can describe how we felt about our “Preacher Jones”. He meant everything to us. He was always with us during the times when we needed him most and he will always be remembered as the greatest man that God called to be our friend and pastor. We will never forget you preacher Jones.

  5. Beverly, I just wanted to express my condolences for your loss. Your father was instrumental in helping to shape the lives of many people. You and your family are in my prayers.

  6. Paw Paw is definitely leaving a legacy through the lives he touched. We’ll surely miss him and honored to have had him as long as we did. Allison and Brandon are definitely better for it.

  7. Brother Jones has been with me and my family through many milestones. He was the pastor who baptised me and my sisters. He conducted my wedding. He has preached at my father’s funeral and all my grandparents and one great-grandmother. All at Bethel Baptist Church in Stone Mountain.
    His smile, his laugh and his devotion to the Lord will always hold a special place in my heart.
    God be with his family.
    Connie Pickens & family Biffle and Pickens

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