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Rev. Paul Southwell Jones

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The Rev. Paul Southwell Jones, 100, the longest-serving clergy member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, died Oct. 6 at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. His life was celebrated at Bethany UMC in Ellicott City, Oct. 9, with the Rev. David Simpson officiating.

Paul Southwell Jones was born Aug. 3, 1917, to the late Rev. James T. and Dorothy S. Jones.

He was "received on probation" in 1939, ordained a Deacon in 1944 and an Elder in 1945.

Jones began his ministry in South Illinois and South Georgia conferences and in 1945 came to the Baltimore Conference where he served Mt. Nebo. In 1947, he moved to Burtonsville until 1953, when he was appointed to Arlington. In 1958, he served Union in D.C. until 1961, when he took leave for the Florida Conference. Three years later in 1964, he returned to the Baltimore Conference and was appointed to Christ in Landover Hills, followed in 1969 to Wesley Memorial UMC in Catonsville. Staying in Catonsville, in 1977, he moved across town to Trinity UMC, then in 1980 to First UMC in Lanham.  He retired in 1982.

His wife, Rebecca Whiting Jones, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughter Julene J. Crooks and her husband Clement of Hanover, Pa.; two granddaughters and their husbands and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany UMC, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD.