The Life of Lutha Mae Kilgore - Jones
Lutha Mae Kilgore-Jones was the youngest of two daughters born to Luther and Sarah McCreary-Kilgore in Kerens, Texas on October 17, 1930. Lutha graduated from Park High School in 1948 and later attended Texas College in Tyler, Texas where she received her Associates Degree. She continued her education at California State University in Hayward California where she received her Librarian Credential.
Lutha relocated to Berkeley, California after marrying her dear late husband Marvin Jones on October 12, 1950. Together Marvin and Lutha raised their six children in Richmond, California until Marvin departed this life on April 27, 1985.
After twenty-two years of service, Lutha retired from the Richmond Unified School District after spending two years at El Cerrito High School and twenty years at John F. Kennedy High School as a Librarian and substitute teacher. While living in Richmond, Lutha was active with the Orchid Civic and Social Club. She was a pillar of the community, a member of the local NAACP, Richmond Neighborhood Watch, and Pullman Elementary School’s PTA President for seven years.
She was baptized at 321 Alamo Church of Christ and continued learning under the teachings of the late Minister Francis F. Carson at the Southside Church of Christ. Lutha was an active and faithful member. She participated with the sisters’ bible class, taught youth bible class, served on the planning committee for the Annual Ladies Lectureships, she was a featured speaker as well. She traveled to Lagos, Nigeria with her Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Francis F. Carson, Woodrow Russell Sr, Ava McGrue, Mary Harper, and Geneva Broussard to facilitate the establishment of Ladies Association for Christian Education (LACE).
Lutha relocated to Fort Worth, Texas to care for her mother Sarah Kilgore in 1994. While residing in Fort Worth, Lutha was a member of the Forest Hill Church of Christ, under the leadership of Minister Emmanuel White, until she returned to California in 2010. After returning to California, Lutha made Vacaville her home and worshipped at the Bay North Church of Christ, under the leadership of Minister Sam Morris.
She leaves to cherish her memory, six beautiful children, Marva Jones-Lyons (Michael) of Richmond, CA, Beverly Jones-Williamson (Charles) of Fairfield, CA, Sharon Jones-Benoit of Houston, TX, Keith Jones (Florestine) of Atlanta, GA, Rochelle Jones-Bell (John) of Houston, TX, and Miguel Jones (Alicia) of Vacaville, CA; twelve grandchildren, Michael Jones Jr., Charles ‘Kwasi’ Williamson Jr., Felicia Jones-Bess, Ryan Lyons, Jonathan Jones, Joffre’ Williamson, James Lyons, Simone Williamson, Ellyce Jones, Sierra Bell, Autumn Bell, Jeremiah Jones, and Josiah Jones; seven great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends from California to Texas.
She was known by many names, Mrs. Jones, Sis. Jones, Miss Lutha, Lu, LuLu, Mom, Mama, Grandmother, Auntie, and Lil’ Sister.
Preceding her in death is her husband, Marvin Jones; mother, Sarah McCreary-Kilgore; father, Luther Kilgore; great grandson, Elijah Jones; sister, Catherine Kilgore-Owens; and brother-in-law’s Luther Jones Sr., John W. Owens Sr.; and niece Mae Lillian Owens
Keith and Marcia Brown
Sunny Sixties - Bay North Church of Christ
Donald and Brenda Thomas
Sarah and the late Robert Van Hook – Card Ministry
Josiah Jones Jeremiah Jones
Michael Lyons, Charles Williamson Sr., Michael Jones Sr., Michael Jones Jr., John Bell, Ryan Lyons, Joffre’ Williamson, Jonathan Jones, William ‘Otto’ Owens, John ‘Teddy’ Owens Jr., Kevin Owens, Franklin Jones, Keith Brown, Robert Van Hook
Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room.
Whatever we were to each other, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the same easy way you always have. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoy together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it always was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is past. Nothing has been lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before, only better. Infinitely happier. We will be one, together forever.
Our family wishes to acknowledge with deep sincerity and appreciation the many expressions of love, concern and kindness shown by way of phone calls, cards, flowers, special gifts and most importantly your prayers during our time of bereavement. May God bless and keep you.
The Jones Family
In Honor of Lutha Jones
Along with flowers, expressions of love can also be made via a contribution to the H. Kay Jarvis Alzheimer’s Research Fund at Emory University. Checks should be made payable to “Emory University” and reference the Jarvis Fund by name in the memo.
Please mail to the attention:
Courtney Harris at 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
In addition, we would like to extend a special thanks for the support,
services and final arrangements rendered by Wilson & Kratzer Mortuaries in Richmond, California.
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