Rev. Dr. Albert L. Jones, beloved pastor, mentor, husband, father, grandfather, friend, faithful servant of God transitioned from this life to his eternal rest on May 5, 2022. He was truly loved and nurtured as the baby boy of Mrs. Maggie Lou Harris and Jim Jones, of Wilton, Alabama. He matriculated through the Shelby County School System and graduated from Prentice High School in 1956. He married the late Mrs. Ora L. Jones, his wife of 51 years in 1959, and to this union fathered seven children. Albert joined the U.S. Army, then returned and became one of the first African American Police Deputies for the City of Montevallo during the height of the civil rights movement. He later worked for Blue Circle Cement for 36 years, rising to the leadership position of Plant Supervisor for 25 years. In 1970 he accepted his calling and was ordained into the ministry where he served the Lord, preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was devoted and passionate about the WORD of God, truly loved people, and was generous beyond measure. He was a mentor to so many sons and daughters in the ministry, a pastor’s pastor, the senior’s inspiration and the children’s favorite teacher and preacher. He served as Senior Pastor for Mountain Baptist Church in Calera, Alabama for 5 years and for Mt. Olive Baptist Church Wilton, Alabama, by God’s Grace, for nearly 47 years, until his transition to glory. Pastor Jones received a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Birmingham Baptist Bible College, a Master of Theology and Doctor of Divinity from the Tennessee School of Religion. He also received a Doctorate of Humanities from the Tuskegee Extension of the Tennessee School of Religion. He served as the Dean and Instructor of the Tennessee Theological School of Religion for 23 years; served as President of the Advisory Board of the Birmingham Eastonian Baptist Bible College- The University of Montevallo Extension for 10 years; served as a Worthy Patron of the Masonic of Prince Hall; Moderator for the Lillie Star District Centerville, Ala. for 30 years. He served as the head Chaplain of the Shelby Brookwood Medical Center and retired after 27 years. As a visionary, he co-founded and incorporated a non-profit organization- Positive Image Outreach Ministries to help men, women, and children reach their highest potential in excellence, offering educational scholarships to countless students. Teamed closely with fellow pastors of the Gospel, WE CARE outreach ministry was birthed in 2010 to extend their arms, finances, and voices to those in the community as well as those incarcerated. Pastor Jones was one of the most widely known, well respected and dearly beloved pillars of his community, with a wide breath of influence well beyond the bounds of his territory. He’d been a lifelong trailblazer for civil rights, serving his community as one of the respondent representatives all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court for the Shelby vs Holder Voting Rights Act in 2013. Pastor Jones was a true family man and absolutely loved them all. He was one of the strongest encouragers with the positivity and power to invigorate you to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are more than capable of reaching your God-given ability to do anything, if you believe. He instilled this in each of his children, grandchildren and any child, woman, or man he encountered. He truly understood the assignment and got it done. He made his triumphant entrance into glory with his wife and family at his side on May 5, 2022. He is preceded in death with a host of loved ones to welcome him home… -Mother Maggie Lou Harris -First wife Ora Lee Jones -Daughter, Diane Cunningham() -All 6 Siblings : Oliver Johnson ( Ethel), Lee Arther Harris ( Mildred), Dorothy Jones, Carrie Jones, Sam Jones, Alice Howard (Arthur) He leaves to celebrate a life well lived: his loving wife, Mrs. Elaine Stoudemire Jones, his helpmeet whom he loved for nearly 10 years; one cherished daughter, Deborah Jones Brown, CNM and Author, of Orlando, Fl; eight sons whom he was extremely proud of; U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer (Retired), Albert ( Dorsette) Jones Jr. of Montevallo, Ala; U. S. Navy Command Master Chief (Retired), Kenneth ( Letecia) Jones of Virginia Beach, Va; U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant (Retired) and Pastor Timothy( Ca’Landra) Jones of Meridian, Miss; U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Mark ( Charlene) Jones of Atlanta, Ga; U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer (Retired), Kelvin ( Sabrina) Thompson of Hope Mills, NC.; U.S. Army First Sergeant (Retired), and Bishop Elvin (Valerie) Thompson of August, Ga; Shelby County Schools Student Coordinator and Pastor, Michael (Joyce) Jones of Pelham, Al; Shelby County Juvenile Detention Officer and Owner/Fitness Coach, Shone ( Maria) Jones of Alabaster, Al; and a stepdaughter Sakeena Stoudemire forty wonderful grandchildren, twentyeight beautiful great grandchildren; seven sister in laws; Bernice Hill of Moreno Valley, Calif.; Louise Johnson of Montevallo Ala., Hattie Hawkins of Los Angeles, Callf; Mrs. Janet ( James) Morrow, Mrs. Dorcas Gaines, Mrs. Joyce ( Alvin) Rice, Ms. Odell Foster and a brother in law Mr. Arnsey ( DJeranda) Richardson , and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends as well as his beloved church family of Mt Olive Baptist Church of Wilton, Alabama. Pastor Jones truly believed to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, and now he has a crown awaiting him in glory….” well done, thou good and faithful servant
Funeral arrangements for Dr. A.L. Jones Sr.
Public Viewing: Friday, May 13th, 5PM-6PM
Mt. Olive Baptist Church 494 Depot Street Wilton, Al 35187
Celebration of Life: Saturday, May 14th, 12 Noon
Montevallo High School Auditorium
Interment – Montevallo Cemetery with Military Honors
Rev. Mike Jones – Officiating
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