Dr. G. Eliot Jones, retired clergy


TERRELL, Texas — Dr. G. Eliot Jones, 93, a retired clergy member of the Mississippi Conference, died Nov. 16, 2008 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Jones was born Aug. 15, 1915 in McComb, Miss., the son of Harry Eliot and Kate Catherine Newman Jones. He married Mildred Causey on Sept. 1, 1934.

Dr. Jones graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and later received an honorary doctorate of divinity from the college. In Mississippi, he served 48 years as an active pastor, including 16 years as superintendent of the Vicksburg, Meridian and Hattiesburg districts and as assistant to the bishop. He served as pastor of churches in Laurel, Hazlehurst, Prentiss, New Augusta, Pachuta, Bogue Chitto and Shand’s Memorial in Jackson as well as Drakes UMC.

Dr. Jones served as a trustee of Millsaps College and the Methodist Children’s Home and is an honorary life member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation. He was a delegate to two United Methodist World Councils and eight General Conferences. He participated in two Methodist preaching missions to Cuba and England and preached in Hyderabad, India for the centennial celebration of Methodism in India. He is listed in Who’s Who in Methodism.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Hazel Jones and brothers Thomas Jones and Cade Waldon Jones.

Survivors include: wife of 74 years, Mildred Jones of Terrell; son, George Jones, Jr., of Terrell; and one grandson and three great-grandchildren.