Mary “Hazel” Wall Jones, 99, of Birmingham, AL (formerly of Fayetteville, GA), died on July 15, 2019. Mrs. Jones was the widow of Joseph Manson Jones. She was born in Campobello, South Carolina on June 5, 1920. She graduated from Campobello High School and received a B.S. degree from Lander College in Greenwood, South Carolina at 19 years of age. She later received her Master of Arts in Education from the University of West Georgia.
In 1939, Mrs. Jones rode the train to Atlanta, GA where she was met by Superintendent of Fayette County Schools, Ferrol Sams, to begin her 32-year teaching career. Over the years, she taught third grade, sixth grade math, high school Latin, and finished her career as a first-grade teacher at Hood Avenue Elementary School. Perhaps her greatest love was for her students and their families and the many younger teachers that she mentored. Upon her retirement, many stories were shared about how she never raised her voice in her classroom. By the time of her retirement, she had not only taught her principal, but the superintendent of education.
Mrs. Jones was a long-time member of Fayetteville First Baptist Church with a special interest in missions. She enjoyed membership in her education sorority and Retired Teacher Association. She explored many creative endeavors, including her love for quilting, sewing, gardening, nature and crafts. Her favorite thing was to share flower clippings with those she loved. She has also compiled extensive genealogy records of both the Jones/Glass and the Wall/Farmer family trees.
In 1944, Mrs. Jones married Joseph Manson Jones and together they enjoyed a loving marriage that spanned 62 years. She is remembered for her devotion to her husband, her two daughters and for her care for others. One of her greatest joys was family celebrations. Her life can be characterized as a life of love and kindness.
Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by parents, Barnabas Conrad Wall and Rose Irene Farmer Wall, and her husband, Joe Jones. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Joel Barron (Buddy) of Flowery Branch, GA and Susan Kennemer of Birmingham, AL; her grandchildren, Amy Barron Stowers (Kevin), Benjamin Barron (Melissa), Rev. Jonathan Barron (Deanna), Caroline Rose Kennemer Crabtree (Reaves) and Samuel Allen Kennemer; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Buddy Barron officiating. Burial will follow the service at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City. The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Flowers will be gratefully accepted or donations in memory of Mrs. Jones can be made to The Gate Church, 451 Roper Drive, Clarksville, GA 30523.
Mowell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fayetteville – www.mowells.com