Allen R. Jones, Sr., was born on July 22, 1940, to the late Armethis and Lucille (nee King) Jones, in Edwards, Mississippi. He was the oldest brother of his nine siblings.
He was educated in the Greenville, Mississippi Area where he developed a love for applied mathematics, a field in which he was gifted. In 1965, he moved to Connecticut and attended an Adult Technical Program at E C Goodwin Technical High School, New Britain, CT, where he received a Certificate in Statistical Processing. He also attended an eight-week Certification Program at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. Education was extremely important to Deacon Jones. He put some of his children through college as well as his wife; provided educational opportunities for each of them to be adequately equipped for a professional career of their choice.
Allen was a member of the True Vine Baptist Church in New Britain, Connecticut, where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Ministry, Chairman of the Trustee Ministry, an Adult Sunday School Teacher, and in the Pastor’s absence, he would preach the Word. He was also responsible for the Weekly Prayer Service. His favorite song was “Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.” No one could sing that song like Deacon Jones! At the time of his passing, he served as Chairman of the Deacon Ministry at Angel View Baptist Church.
He was a Certified Metallurgist with Stanley Works, now known as ACME Steel, in New Britain, Connecticut. During his professional career Deacon Jones received several certificates and numerous awards in recognition of his performance. Allen retired as a Metallurgist Manager after more than forty years of service.
In addition to his parents, Allen was predeceased by two brothers, Leroy Jones and Arthur L. Jones, and one sister. Flora Spencer. He leaves behind a loving wife, Dr. Catherine Jones; five children, Deborah D. Hendricks (James) of New Britain, CT, Cathy M. Wilson (Terrand) of Clarksville, TN; Dr. Allen R. Jones, Jr. (Gail) of Newport News, VA, Ethan L. Jones of Ashburn, VA, and Beverly S. Khabo, PhD Candidate of Washington, DC; eleven grandchildren, Orneshia R. Osborn of Hartford, CT, Orrin Osborn, Jr.(Raycean) of Hamden, CT, Dominique D. Osborn of Hartford, CT, Maurice Jones of Clarksville, TN, Jerry Lee Manual of Hartford, CT, Isaiah Manuel of Hartford, CT, Cinique Manuel of West Hartford, CT, Allen R. Jones III of Boulder CO, M. Scott Jones of Washington, DC, Lindsey Y. Jones of Newport, VA, and Lauren E. Jones of Newport, VA; seventeen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three brothers Johnny F. Jones of Bristol, CT, James E. Jones of New Britain, CT, and Alexander Jones of New Britain, CT ; three sisters, Charlesetta Amos, Bessie M. Cole, and Doris Jones; and host of nieces, nephews and other beloved relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Angel View Baptist Church. Live stream will be available for this service. Facial coverings are required for the service.
Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting’s Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011 whitingsfuneralhome.com