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Mahala Orr Jones
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1818
Death: Apr. 26, 1915

GRANDMA JONES DIES AT RIPE OLD AGE [from Stephenville (TX) Empire, April 30, 1915]

Mrs. Mahala Jones, mother of Mrs. Alf Oxford, died at the home of her daughter Monday afternoon at the advanced age of ninety-seven. She was the widow of Burleson Jones whom some of the pioneers of this part of Texas remember well. Her sons John Jones and Rev. W. V. Jones of Iredell were present at the funeral Tuesday near Tennessee schoolhouse. Grandma
Jones had long been ready for an abundant entrance into the house not made with hands. A more extended notice of this good woman will appear next week.

FURTHER MENTION OF GRANDMA JONES [from Stephenville (TX) Empire, May 14, 1915]

Mrs. Mahala Jones, widow of Rev. S. B. Jones who was known all over this country as "Uncle Burrel," was born in North Carolina nearly 97 years ago. When she was a child her parents moved to Alabama where she was married to S. B. Jones, December 20, 1833. She died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. A. F. Oxford, eight miles northeast of Stephenville, April 26, 1915. She was the mother of sixteen children all of whom lived to be grown and had established homes for themselves except one son who died in infancy. Three of her sons, Rev. W. V. Jones. of the Central
Texas conference; J. N. Jones. of Johnson county and Rev. S. F. Jones of Brown county and her daughter Mrs. A. F. Oxford were at her bedside when she breathed her last and her spirit swept through the gates of the Eternal city. She was converted and united with the Methodist church when she was quite young and before the separation that made a north and
south church. Being in the south she with her husband adhered to the southern branch, of which she remained a member until she was called to take her place in the Church Triumph where, no doubt, she joined her companion with whom she walked hand in hand for about fifty-nine years before he left her more than twenty-two years ago. Mother, up to the
time she was taken sick unto death, was enjoying good health and was with pleasure anticipating a visit to her son in Johnson county to spend the summer, but all her hopes were cut off when she was taken suddenly with pneumonia from which she died after eleven or twelve days of intense suffering.

Being as old as she was and having lost so much of her vital force through the long years of her life, even after she had reached her zenith, she had not enough left to resist this fell disease, and after making a fight for life in a ten or twelve days battle she yielded and answered the call, "Come higher."

She was interred in the Bethel cemetery, eight miles north of Stephenville where the funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. W. Childers of Bluff Dale, assisted by Rev. Bud Woods, both of whom made impressice(sic) talks after which the body was lowered to its last resting place beside her husband who had slept there for more than twenty-two years. As we stood beside the grave and watched the filling
of the charnel house we imagined we could almost catch a glimpse of the smiles of a mother's love from the sun lit hills of the home of God as she used to smile upon us with tenderness and love that is known only to a mother.

The writer of this sketch is her eldest son, who had for a little more than sixty-seven years walked in the shadow, and under the influence of a mothers life and it seemed that the longer she lived the closer we were drawn together and when the last moment came it touched and stirred feelings which had been lying concealed in the deeper recesses of the
heart. Standing under the shadow of such a bereavement as this, words fail to express our grief and our only comfort and consolation is found in the fact of the Christian hope that spans the dark gulf between time and eternity and gives assurance of a reunion in that home where separations are not known, To her the battle is over and the victory
won and she rests at home with God and the loved ones gone before. When she closed her eyes to earthly scenes and bid farewell to earthly associations it was only to open them upon brighter scenes and mingle with the purer associations who live in the light of and endless day.

Those who have not been called to pass through an ordeal like this have not yet learned the loss of a mother, and hardly know how to appreciate a mother until she is gone. While she is living we are forgetful of her tenderness and her anxious watching over us in our helpless infancy, and
the concern she manifested for us in our youthful days, But when she is dead and gone and we no more hear her familiar voice nor feel the warm grasp of her loving hand then it is that we begin to learn how to appreciate our mothers.

The deceased had lived in Erath county about thirty-five years, being away during this time only at short periods and she was well known and loved by all who knew her. Every body seemed to have a kind word for "grandma," as she was called. Of her large family only six can be located at this writing. Five have died and five if living we cannot get their address. Those whose location is known are Rev. W. V. Jones,
Iredell, Texas; J. N. Jones, Burleson, Texas; Rev. S. F. Jones Crosscut, Texas; Mrs. Nora Rhoades, Jacksboro, Texas; and Mrs. A. F. Oxford, Stephenville, Texas. W. V. Jones.

[articles courtesy of Mary Woodhouse] 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Sylvester Burleson Jones (1816 - 1892)
 
 Children:
  Margaret Jones Stepp (____ - 1910)*
  Wiley V. Jones (1847 - 1925)*
  Sylvester Franklin Jones (1851 - 1928)*
  John Nelson Jones (1852 - 1935)*
  Josephine Mahala Jones Oxford (1855 - 1934)*
  James B. Jones (1860 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"Wife of Rev. S. B. Jones"
 
Burial:
Bethel Cemetery
Morgan Mill
Erath County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Ken Jones
Record added: Apr 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25829068
Mahala <i>Orr</i> Jones
Added by: Jay Follett
 
Mahala <i>Orr</i> Jones
Added by: Jay Follett
 
Mahala <i>Orr</i> Jones
Added by: Ken Jones
 
 
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It is well with my soul.
- Laurel
 Added: Dec. 2, 2013
 
 
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