You can shed tears that she is gone,
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love, and go on.
Mary E. Clayton Jones was called from labor to reward on the 4th of July 2023 at the Autumn Care facility, Suffolk, VA. She was born on February 20th, 1927, to the late James and Alice Clayton in Lynchburg, Virginia.
She relocated to Williamsburg, Virginia and worked in the domestic arena. She inspired others to do the same. She then met her late husband, James B. Jones. They married in November 1951. They made their home in Carrollton.
Sister Mary dedicated her life to Christ at an early age in Lynchburg and attended St Timothy Baptist Church. After marrying James, they began attending Macedonia ANE Church, Carrollton. Sister Mary served as a Stewardess and worked with the young people. She attended regularly and did whatever was asked of her.
She is preceded in death by a daughter, Ida Langhorne and a son, Leslie Jones.
Left to cherish her memory is: one son, James B. Jones, Jr. (Diane) of Virginia Beach; four daughters, Dorothy Sinkfield of Newport News, Saundra Scott, and Rosemary Boone (Bobby) of Smithfield, and Gail Jones of Elkton, ND; 20 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and, 23 great great-grandchildren, a very special friend, Bernice White as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11am on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at Macedonia AME Church, 12190 Smiths Neck Road, Carrollton, VA 23314. Viewing will take place from 3-6pm on Monday, July 10, 2023 at the chapel. Please keep the Clayton-Jones family in your prayers.