MSG (Ret.) Samuel Jones

10/13/1945 - 05/09/2020

Obituary for MSG (Ret.) Samuel Jones

Graveside services for MSG (Ret.) Samuel Jones, 74, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Pine Hill Memorial Park. Dr. A. G. McKinney will be the officiant. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the funeral home.

MSG (Ret.) Samuel Jones was born to John Thomas Garrett and Viola Jones Williams on Saturday, October 13, 1945, in Talladega County, Alabama.

Mr. Jones confessed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and united with Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church where he served as head of the trustee board and was a deacon. He was a graduate of Ophelia S. Hill High School and continued his education at Gadsden State Community College. Samuel enlisted in the United States Army and served 30 years of decorated service until his retirement at Fort Rucker, Alabama on July 31, 2003 at the rank of Master Sergeant. During his military career, Samuel earned the Distinguished Service Award, the Army Commendation Medal, the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Achievement Medal just name a few. He was a carpenter by trade, was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed riding his tractor. Sam was a member of Masonic Lodge #246. On June 30, 1968, Samuel and the former Shirley McKinney united in holy matrimony and to this union three daughters were born.

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Samuel traded time for eternity at his residence. He was preceded in passing by his parents, John T. (Loise) Garrett and Viola J. (Willie) Williams.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of 51 years, Shirley McKinney Jones of Alpine, Alabama; three daughters, Gloria (Michael) Hancock of Farmington, Minnesota, Gwendolyn (Steve) Kelly of Talladega, Alabama and Ericka Jones of Alpine, Alabama; four grandchildren, Cierra Hancock, Samuel Williams, Michael Hancock and Kenydi Kelly; one great grandchild, Averi Williams; five sisters, Annie (James) Worrills, Willie Nell Wilson, Sharon Dykes and Sundra Williams of Talladega, Alabama and Ruth Poole of Indiana; one brother, Michael Williams of Talladega, Alabama; a special niece, Alexis McKinney; two special cousins, Vanessa Curry and Raymond Garrett; a special friend, Thomas Pugh; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Guest Book

My deepest condolences. Sprry for your loss my you find comfort in knowing that he's no longer suffering, and he's now in the bussum of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I pray God gives you the strength you'll need while battling this storm... Renae Bradford and family...

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I am so sorry to hear about Sam passing, you have our deepest sympathy. Sam and I grow up together down in Knoxville, I hadn't seen him in awhile. Though this is a very sad occasion there is the hope of the resurrection. Christ Jesus promised: "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs (grave) will hear his voice and come out." (John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:3,4)

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I literally just received the news and it was very shocking my condolences to the family may God continue to give you all strength... Kendra Goolsby

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My dad, it's so much I could say about him. As a little girl there was nothing my father couldn't do. In my eyes you could move mountains, and no one couldn't come close to you in my heart. As much as I hated to see you slip away, I realize you're in no more pain and we will be okay. Strong and fierce as you have taught us to be. I will cry and I will hurt, and it's a long road ahead of us. I know you will always be in my heart. I love you daddy!

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Sorry to hear about your loss as well as Greater Ebenezer Church and a fine Deacon Sam was like a big brother to me and I will miss him dearly. Franklin Miller & Family Rest my brother.

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