Jones, Charles Richard
06/20/1938 - 12/04/2020
Charles Richard Jones went to his heavenly home of rest to live forever with his Lord and Savior after a sudden death from a stroke and brain bleed on Christmas Eve. He was dearly loved by all his family and friends.
“Pastor Richard” (as he was commonly known by many) is survived by his wife Gail Christy-Jones for 30 years, his son Mike Jones (Monica), daughter Elaine Jones Cawvey (Mark), brother in-law Ron Drake, grandson Mikell Reid (Lisa), great grandchildren Summer and Mikell II, his sister Linda Smysor, sister-in-law Joyce Ann Jones. He was “Uncle Dickie” to numerous nephews and nieces and many other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Carolyn Jones Poole, brothers Clark Jones and Fred Jones (Jeanne), sister Joyce (Walter Jacobs), father Rannell Luther Jones and mother Bessie Jewel Minix Jones.
Richard graduated with a 4 year degree in Social Work from Florida State University and 5 year certificate from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
He served faithfully 44 years as a full time and part time Local Pastor of the Florida Conference United Methodist Church in the following United Methodist Churches: Bethel, Lake City; Micanopy Circuit, first, Deltona; First, Brandon; Waukeenah/Wacissa Charge; Wakulla, East Point/St. George Island Charge; Lamont; Waukeenah, Woodville, Pisgah, Sardis, and Forest Hills. After full retirement, he served as Pastor Emeritus of the Waukeenah United Methodist Church until his death.
He loved to preach about his Lord and Savior and never met a stranger. He enjoyed time with family, travel with his wife and friends, preaching, and singing and listening to Gospel Music.
He was proud to serve his country in the Navy for 4 years full time active duty on the USS Charles P. Cecil and the Naval Reserve for 8 years. He currently served as Chaplain of the American Legion Post 49 in Monticello.