A TRIUMPHANT JOURNEY
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 KJV”
An amazing and anointed gift from God, Pastor Ollie Mae Jones was born on August 10, 1938, in Moncks Corner, South Carolina to Fred and Ethel Taylor Gadsden. She was the youngest of seven children. Ollie Mae as she was affectionately called attended the Berkeley County Public School System for elementary, Junior high, and high school.
While working for the US Postal Service in New York, she met Samuel L Jones. They were married in 1965, and soon thereafter; they were blessed with their son, Lionel Terrell Jones. From there Ollie and Samuel moved to Harrisburg, Pa, where she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior in 1968, at New Jerusalem COGIC. She served faithfully with her husband until God called him to begin and pastor, Lighthouse of Prayer Church of Deliverance in 1970. It was there that the church flourished and had one of the greatest youth departments in the city of Wilmington, Delaware. Always a lady with compassion and a caring heart, she was led to take care of her deceased eldest sister’s five grandchildren. She moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1983 with her son, while her husband stayed in Wilmington, Delaware making preparation to relocate the church. Upon total relocation to Savannah, the family worshipped at St. James Church of Christ, Midway, Georgia, until God showed them a building. She and Bishop Jones started Holy Temple Church of Deliverance located on Park Avenue. Her husband was the pastor, and she was assistant pastor. The church remained on Park Avenue until they moved to the current location on Ott Street in Savannah, Georgia.
After the death of her husband, Bishop S. L. Jones on December 12, 1994, she became pastor of Holy Temple Church. She served as pastor to a band of faithful saints until the pandemic forced the church to temporarily close its doors. However, Pastor Jones was highly determined to reopen the doors of Holy Temple, even if there were 2 or 3 gathering in the midst to serve the Lord.
Although, she had to go in the hospital due to an accidental fall, she stated that she was alright, and her work will be completed. During recovery after surgery, she briefly sang the hymn, “It is Well with My Soul”, moving her feet and often uttering “I’m alright, God has me!”
The Lord called Pastor Jones home on Sunday morning May 1, 2022. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Taylor Gadsden; father, Fred Gadsden; her husband Bishop Samuel L. Jones; sisters, Frances Johnson and Alma Gadsden; brothers, Fred Jr., Jimmy Gadsden, and Matthew Attles; and grandson, Perry Herbert.
Pastor Ollie Mae Jones leaves to rejoice her memory: son, Bishop Lionel Terrell Jones (Frances), bonus children, Rita Johnson, Frances “Nova” Howard (Torrance) Lukyah Hatcher, Jerry Johnson, and Joseph Johnson; twenty-five grandchildren, Apostle Devin Jacoby, Branden Javar, and Jaia Samantha Jones; Destinee, Hope, Kasi' and Faith Johnson; Damir Johnson, Taurus Jr., De’ juan, Ariahna, and Ziaire Howard; Jo'neisha Nicole, Joseph Jr., Solomon Jacobs Johnson and Samuel Lee Gordon; JeQuan and Kameron Hatcher; Jamarry, Shaniya, Joshua Kema Johnson Jadonn Thomas and Jakob’s Dunham; great-grandchildren, Jaila, Jordyn, Journee, Baileigh Jones and Kaismer Johnson; sisters, Earnestine Gadsden and Ethel Robinson; sisters-in-law, Charity Gadsden, Mildred Chamberlain, Francia Lindsey Ruby Ashbury and Malaika A. Rahman; brothers-in-law, Ivey Jones, Jr., Will Jones, and Rev. Rubin Tendai; God-children, Christal Cole, Shameka Hawkes, Quamea Hawkes-Shaw, Sabrina Mims, Josephine Nickerson, and Alisha McKiver-Carson; a host of nieces and nephews including her beloved niece Linda Harris, cousins, friends, and the faithful members of Holy Temple Church of Deliverance, Inc.
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