In Memoriam: Bishop L. Bevel Jones III
He was elected to the episcopacy at the 1984 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, he was assigned to the Charlotte area and served the Western North Carolina Conference until his retirement in 1996.
Bev Jones was born in a Methodist parsonage in Gracewood, Georgia. He earned the A.B. degree from Emory University and the M. Div. degree from the Candler School of Theology. LaGrange College (Georgia), High Point University (North Carolina) and Emory University conferred honorary degrees on him.
Bevel Jones joined the North Georgia Conference and was ordained both deacon and elder by Bishop Arthur J. Moore. His six pastorates were all in the North Georgia, the same conference in which his late father, the Reverend Lewis Bevel Jones, Jr., served for fifty years, and from which his son, the Reverend Dr. David Bevel Jones, retired.
He served as the Vice Chair of the General Commission on Religion and Race (1984-1988), President of United Methodist Communications (1992-1996) and President of the North American Section of the World Methodist Council (1991-1996).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred "Tuck" Jones. They were married in 1949 at First Methodist, Decatur, where Bev had been Assistant Pastor during seminary. They are survived by three children: David Bevel, minister; Mark Edward, commercial artist; and Sharon Brewer, Alliance Theater; and six grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
Link to UMC.org obituary
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RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.