The Reverend Randolph L. Jones

The Reverend Randolph L. Jones


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Randolph L. Jones, 94, who entered the church triumphant on Friday, November 16, 2018 in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

Randy was born the youngest of five on October 5, 1924 in Norfolk, VA, where he was raised by his parents, Harry Tudor Jones and Catherine Wylie Roddey Jones. Randy attended Virginia Military Institute prior to serving in the United States Army in World War II. Upon returning home, he graduated from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA and then from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

After being ordained as a United Methodist minister in the Virginia Conference, Randy served as a missionary in Japan for a total of ten years at Kwansei Gakuin University, holding the positions of teacher and chaplain. When he returned to the US, Randy worked as a teaching hospital chaplain at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ and at Bergen Pines County Hospital in Paramus, NJ. In 1982 he transferred to the New York Conference and served as chaplain and director of pastoral care at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City until his retirement in 1991.

While living in the New York City area, Randy and his wife, Emily Jean Gilbert, became very active members of Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, where they still hold their membership.

Randy spent his retirement years in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania as an avid gardener, creator of a lovely bluebird trail, and ferocious reader. During these years, Randy also continued to be a witness for truth and justice, relinquishing his ordination in The United Methodist Church because of its refusal to ordain LGBTQ persons.

Randy is predeceased by his sisters, Perry Lee Jones Cumming and Catherine Jones Frith; his brothers, Harry Tudor Jones, Jr. and Joseph Roddey Jones; and an infant son, Donald. He is survived by his wife, Emily Jean, and by his four children by a prior marriage, Randolph L. Jones Jr. of Rochester, NY, Caroline Jones Vose (Marv) of Colorado Springs, CO, Lenore Jean Jones of Hoboken, NJ, and Catherine Jones McClarin of Phoenix, AZ. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Genevieve Vose Wallace, Chuck Lauer Vose (Erica), and Samuel Hungerford; and by one great grandson, Owen John Wallace.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2pm in St. John's United Church of Christ, 36 S 6th St, Allentown, PA with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley or Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY.