On February 5, 2018 James “Jim” Jones, Jr. passed away, comforted by his family members and loved ones both near and far, from his battle with cancer at his home in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.
Born May 1, 1953 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jim was the third child of Roberta and James Oliver Jones Sr. He graduated from East Robertson High School and Welch College, formerly known as Free Will Baptist Bible College.
The son of a preacher, Jim accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of nine and dedicated his life to following God’s will and spreading the love of Jesus to all he met. Jim was a friend to all and never met a stranger.
He served as a pastor in the Southern Methodist Church for 14 years and in 2006 founded Light of Life Ministry, a ministry committed to Christian education and evangelism. It was his heart’s desire to see people grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.
Second to his love of the Lord, was spending time with his family. Whether it was traveling across the country to tour National Parks, or planning fun Christmas getaways, there was always laughter, pranks and a lot of love.
Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara Drake Jones of 35 years; three children, James Matthew (Julie) Jones of Ponte Vedra, Florida, Christine (David) Chang of Columbia Missouri, and Scott (Nieka) Fink of Nashville Tennessee along with 8 grandchildren; Camdyn, Preston and Grayson Jones; Olivia, Camille and Elsa Chang; and Owen and Asa Fink.
He is preceded in death by his parents James Oliver Jones Sr. and Roberta Yates Jones, and his two older sisters Linda Gail Saggan and Nancy Carol West.
Visitation will take place at First Southern Methodist Church located at 4409 Colorado Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 on Thursday, February 8th from 4:00 pm until 8 pm and again on Friday, February 9th from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm.
Service will begin at 2:00 pm at First Southern Methodist Church on Friday, February 9th, with Reverends Jack Davis and Gary Briden officiants. Pallbearers are Ron Gasser, Clifford Gregory, Eric Morrison, Dan Shapley, Charles Spicer and Kevin West.
Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Light of Life Ministry (P. O. Box 50792 Nashville, TN 37205) or First Southern Methodist Church (4409 Colorado Avenue Nashville, TN 37209).Print Obituary & Condolences