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Bishop Brown's Father-In-Law Passes in Baltimore

June 11, 2016

Mr. Oather M. Jones, Sr. (Pictured on the left)

Bishop and Mrs. Warner H. Brown, Jr. are saddened to announce the death of Minnie’s father, Mr. Oather M. Jones, Sr. on June 9, 2016 in Baltimore, MD.  He was 94 years old. 

Funeral services for Mr. Jones will be held on Friday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 2201 Garrison Blvd., Baltimore, MD.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 2126 East Hoffman Street, Baltimore, MD 21213.
Bishop and Mrs. Brown thank you for your prayers.


Oather Monsieur Jones, Sr. was born on August 21, 1921 in Bear Creek, North Carolina, to the late John Seldon Jones and Oppie Bynum Jones. He was the second of eleven children. Oather departed this life on June 9, 2016 at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson, MD. Five brothers preceded him in death, Rodric, Wallace, Kemp, Johnnie, Flynn and two sisters, Izone and Orpfred.

He was educated in the public school system in Goldston, North Carolina and graduated from Goldston High School. As a young child, he attended Roberts Chapel Baptist Church and accepted Christ as his savior.

Oather married the love of his life, Othelia Cotten, on February 28, 1942.  Together they had thirteen children. Two sons preceded him in death, John Timothy Jones and Calvin Jones.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. When he was honorably discharged, he attended Barber School and became a Master Barber. Oather was employed by the federal government and worked at Fort Holabird. He later was transferred to Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania for one year. Oather was then transferred to Andrews Air Force Base where he later retired after 35 years of services. He opened his own business, O.M. Jones Barbershop, located on Chester Street in East Baltimore. He still barbered at the age of 94 until he became ill.

He joined the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in 1942, under the leadership of Pastor W. L. Green.  He served as a member of the Adult Usher Board and the Trustee Board.  He served faithfully as Chairman of the Trustee Board for 54 years. Oather also served as Treasurer of the Mount Moriah Sunday School. He was made an Honorary Deacon at his home church, Roberts Chapel Baptist Church, in North Carolina.

Oather was a mentor to the young men in the neighborhood where he lived and barbered.  He always had a loving heart to help those in need, financially and spiritually. He was a pillar in the community and encouraged young men to develop to their full potential.  He also had a passion for caring for any stray animal that arrived at his doorstep.  Several of these strays ended up being the household pet.

He leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted wife Othelia Jones; eleven children, Oather M. Jones, Jr. (Peggy); Sylvia Gnall (Richard) of Wilmington, NC; Elroy Jones (Diane); Minnie Jones Brown (Warner) of Sacramento, CA; Barbara Cooper (Wilbert); Celestine Cummings (Bernard); Evelyn Yik (George-deceased); Roderick Jones, Rosemary Jones (Roderick); LaVerne Hilliard (Darryl); Robin Ramsey (Frederick) and two devoted former daughters-in-law Francine Jones-Roulhac and Carleen Jones; fifty-two grandchildren, seventy-eight great grandchildren, and  thirty-one great, great grandchildren; three sisters, Gleanor Carrington of Peekskill, NY; Imogene Tyson of Milton, MA; and Mavis Edwards of Phoenix, AZ; four sisters-in-law Irene Jones of Peekskill, NY; Ila Jones of New York;  Lois Jones of Goldston, NC, and Lottie Palmer of North Carolina; one aunt Armental Greene of Peekskill, NY; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.