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Rev Robert Elijah Jones
Birth: Feb. 19, 1872
Greensboro
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 18, 1960

Clergyman. In 1920, he along with Matthew W. Clair, became the first African American bishops of the Methodist Episcopal (later United Methodist) Church. One of his greatest achievements was the establishment of Gulfside Assembly, a Methodist retreat located in Waveland, Mississippi. At the time of its founding in 1923, Gulfside was the only place along the entire Gulf of Mexico that provided accommodations of any kind to African Americans. In the late 1930's, Bishop Jones was active in the unification movement which attempted to integrate the black and white members within the Church. Unfortunately, due in large part to opposition from congregations in the South, the Methodists would not formally integrate until the 1960's. (bio by: R Wheaton) 
 
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 Parents:
  Sidney Dallas Jones (1845 - 1893)
  Mary Jane Holley Jones (1849 - 1924)
 
 Spouses:
  Valena Cecelia MacArthur Jones (1872 - 1917)*
  Elizabeth Brown Jones (1888 - 1973)*
 
 Siblings:
  Robert Elijah Jones (1872 - 1960)
  Minnie Arleta Jones Gilmer (1874 - 1947)*
  David Dallas Jones (1887 - 1956)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Gulfside Assembly Cemetery
Waveland
Hancock County
Mississippi, USA
 
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Originally Created by: R Wheaton
Record added: Aug 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40683275
Rev Robert Elijah Jones
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The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
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 Added: Jan. 12, 2016
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 Added: Dec. 23, 2015
R.I.P.
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 Added: Dec. 9, 2015
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