Merlene Grice Jones

April 13, 1936 - May 12, 2024
Merlene Grice Jones

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Merlene Grice Jones, age 88, passed away on Sunday May 12, 2024 in Virginia.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday May 18, 2023, at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service with the interment to immediately follow at the Oakdale Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday May 17, 2024 from 5:00 – 7:00pm, at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service

Deaconess Merlene Jones was born April 13, 1936 to John Carlton and Cealia Grice Jones. Born in Chocowinity NC, her family moved later to Washington NC where Deaconess Jones attended the Washington City school system.

After graduating she moved to New York City for several years before returning to Washington.

She chose to live in Washington to raise her two daughters, and to work as a family service worker. She became a beloved friend to many of the families she worked for.

Deaconess Jones loved the Lord, her church: Redeeming Faith International Church of Christ, and her church family. She was very active in church and her community where she faithfully served in the Nursing Home Ministry, Home Visitation Ministry, Outreach Ministries and prayer Ministry. In addition to being a deaconess, she taught Sunday school.

She supported many national and international ministries and missionaries.

She shared the love of Jesus her Lord, everywhere she went.

She leaves her legacy of love to her daughters Jennifer Jones Bonner (Robert) and Deborah Jones Cobb (Alonza).

Also lovingly cherishing her memory and who lovingly called her ‘Merly Pearl’ are her grandchildren Keturah, Aiyanna, Shamaiya, Alesha, and Great Grandchildren Azjah, Cameron, Simeon and Sydney; two sisters: Celia Jones Boyd and Ashanti Jones; brother Milton Jones (Leesa), goddaughter Glenda Tatum, and godsister Mildred Downing.

Deaconess Jones was predeceased by her parents, John Carlton and Cealia G. Jones; four brothers: Franklin, Benjamin, Joseph and Walter, and a sister Ruby Jones Lawrence.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to the Redeeming Faith International Church of Christ by Clicking HERE

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to be assisting the Jones family.

Celebration of Life

Saturday, May 18, 2024
2:00 PM

Joseph B Paul Jr. Washington Funeral and Cremation - Directions
4500 US Hwy 264 East
Washington, NC 27889


Saturday, May 18, 2024
3:30 PM

Oakdale Cemetery

Visiting Hours

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US Highway 264 E. Washington, NC 27889
  • Friday, May 17, 2024
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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  • May 18, 2024
    Minister Chris McIver says:
    Sis Merlene was a sweet and caring person! She always had a smile! I never saw her when she didn't! In 2009 I ran into her Just after I loss my daughter and she was so caring and compassionate! She Left me encourage! She will be dearly miss! An Awesome W.O.G. R.I.P. Sis Merlene and family be encouraged!!!🙏♥️🙏

  • May 18, 2024
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  • May 18, 2024
    Joyce White says:
    Merlene was one of my best friend. We attended the same churches from 1976-2004. She was a woman of prayer and loved to tell others about Jesus. I could never leave her presence without her asking that we pray; even on my lunch breaks when I visit her. She will be greatly miss. Praying for her family.

  • May 17, 2024
    Diane Laws & Ricky Williams says:
    It was a pleasure to have such a beautiful neighbor. Hated to see her move off Pierce Street. A great woman of God. May you sleep in peace.

  • May 14, 2024
    Helen C. Moore says:
    What a beautiful woman of God and prayer partner! I will miss her greatly and remember all she has taught me. My heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and church family.