Dwight Jones


Reverend Dwight Jones, age 83, of Glen Carbon, IL, formerly of Salem, died Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at Meridian Village Care Center in Glen Carbon.  Dwight graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and went on to receive his Master of Divinity from Asbury.  Reverend Jones served 40 years in ministry in the former Southern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Dwight’s ministry began as the Pastor of four church, Montrose, Watson, Wheeler, and Dietrich.  He spent one year as associated Pastor at Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham.  He continued in ministry as the Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Altamont, followed by Grace United Methodist Church in Salem.  Dwight then pastored the First United Methodist Church of Olney before serving as District Superintendent of the Olney District.  He finished his ministry as the Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of O’Fallon, Illinois.

A celebration of Life Service for Rev. Dwight Jones will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 am at Grace United Methodist Church in Salem.  Burial in the Sandy Branch Cemetery in Kinmundy.  Visitation will be from five to seven Tuesday at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem.  There will be an additional visitation on Wednesday from ten until the time of the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church and may be left at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem.

Rev. Jones was born on January 21st, 1935 in Kinmundy to Lewis Jones and Nell Agnes (Walker) Jones.  He married Della JoAnn Cagle on December 13th, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his spouse Della who passed away on March 1st, 2015.

Survivors include daughters:  Cheryl Hampton and husband Wyatt of Niceville, Florida; Debbie Roberts and husband Mike of Dripping Springs, Texas; three grandchildren:  Craig Roberts, Jake Hampton, and Jared Hampton; six brothers: Harold Jones and wife Phyllis of Effingham, Dean Jones and wife Kathryn of Salem, Don Jones and wife Joan of O’Fallon, Cecil Jones and wife Thelma of Salem; Richard Jones and wife Mary of Alma and John Jones and wife Nora of Kinmundy; sisters-in-law: Janice Jones of Effingham, Linda Moore and Janet Chamblee of Atlanta, Georgia; one brother-in-law_  Thomas Cagle of Atlanta, Georgia and many nieces and nephews.

Dwight was preceded in death by brother Bill Jones and sister Helen Cox and husband Jack.