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Arthur Linville (A.L.) JonesDecember 29, 1942 ~ May 8, 2017 (age 74)
Born on December 29, 1942 in a two room house, Arthur enjoyed his childhood roaming the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Grayson and Carroll County, Virginia.
A.L. began his Christian walk in his 13th year. He followed in the Believer’s Baptism in the frigid October waters of the New River. He continued a lifetime of service to his church family by volunteering as a teacher, deacon, videographer and children’s ministry worker.
At the age of 15, A.L. became a licensed Barber under the apprenticeship of his father, Wayne. He maintained his Barber License for 59 years.
Using his natural talent and creativity, A.L. could imagine, design and build homes. He enjoyed working with wood and specialized in the intricate detail of finish carpentry.
Expressing an interest in videography, A.L. could always be seen with his video camera. Because of his diligence, special moments in time have been captured on film. Weekends would find him in his antique motor home producing his “Travelin’ the Blue Ridge” series of videotapes.
A.L. valued each human life as a precious gift from God. In the 1980’s he worked tirelessly at the grass roots level to find practical help for young mothers and their children. Because of him and a small group with a big vision, a ministry was formed and continues to this day.
On May 8, 2017 at 5:31 am, Arthur was ushered into his eternal home. Surrounded by a host of rejoicing angels, he was reunited with his Father and Mother, Wayne and Lura Belle Jones; his Brother, Stanley Jones; his Sister and Brother in law, Joanne and Paul Sexton; his Father in law and Mother in law, Allan and Eleanor Butler; his Brother in law, Allan Butler; and his two very special Aunts, Allie Rose Holcomb and Edna Bolle.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his Wife, Barbara; his Son and Daughter in law, Art and Kim Jones; his Grandchildren, Skylar, Adrienne, Ethan and Austin; his Niece and her family, Phyllis, Macky and Israel Wingate: his nephew Dennis Sexton; his Brother in law and Niece Richard and Lynne Butler.
To Art, Kim, Skylar, Adrienne, Ethan and Austin: You are the pride of his life. He cherished each moment spent with you making memories. His love for you knows no bounds.
To Susie, Kathy and Michael Lee: His love for you was unconditional. Through the years each tiny morsel of your life he gathered was a precious treasure to him.
To the numerous friends who visited him in his final weeks and to the staff who provided his care: Thank You! Each touch of his hand and each smile and wink was his blessing upon you. Thank you for taking the time to spend with him. He absolutely loved the attention.
For me, spending 34 years with this kind and gentle man was the greatest gift of all.
Today is the day to believe and hope God’s promises are true:
“The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the Glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
Rest well, My Love. I will see you soon. Barb