Mrs. Geneva MacMurray Carter Jones was born to John Wiley Carter and Sadie Frances Carter on July 8,1917, in the Olive Grove Community of Littleton, North Carolina. She departed this earthly life on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Uni-Health Carolina Pointe Nursing Home in Durham, North Carolina.
During her early life, she was baptized at the Olive Grove Baptist Church where she accepted and followed the tenets of Christ from that time forward until her death. She served in various capacities in the church as a teenager, and enjoyed her affiliation and work with the Missionary Society in later years as a mature woman.
She was educated in the Warren County Public School System, having first attended the school on the premises of the Olive Grove Baptist Church. She was well prepared for her attendance at the Warren County Training High School in Wise, North Carolina, where she graduated. Upon enrollment, she proved herself a very capable student and a fine young lady, bringing home good grades during each grading period. This was borne out by her election to membership into the Crown and Scepter Club, a national honor society for high school students. She further showed her talents and skills as an excellent stenographer, typing more than seventy words per minute, in addition to participating in other aspects of school life and socialization.
After graduating from high school, she became employed briefly in Durham, North Carolina, before relocating to New Jersey, where she had several relatives, and worked there for a few years. While living in New Jersey, she had an opportunity to further her education at the college level. However, she gave up this venture in order to return home and assist her mother in caring for her gravely ill father.
With the passing of some time, she accepted the proposal of marriage from Mr. Leonard D. Jones of Norlina, North Carolina, where they made their home and were blessed with four children and a marriage that lasted for fifty years.
Her children and grandchildren were raised with an emphasis on Christ’s teachings. She required regular attendance and participation in Sunday school and church activities, and presided over the implementation of the biblical commandments into their lives as young children. Although she did not work outside the home, she contributed greatly to her community by serving as a nanny for several children in Warren County, giving them the same love, guidance, and spiritual sustenance she provided her own children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sadie Carter; her husband of fifty years, Leonard Jones, Sr.; and her siblings, Alexander Carter, Swannie C. Wright, Laura C. Alston, Major McKinley Carter, Mattie C. Jenkins, John P. Carter, Robert J. Carter, Victoria B. Carter, Hubert R. Carter, Roy K. Carter, and Calvin C. Carter.
She leaves in God’s care her four loving and devoted children and their spouses: Leonard, Jr., Vivian (John), Yvonne, and Michael (Vanessa); seven admiring and appreciative grandchildren: Mila, Jennifer, John III, (JeVon), Tania, Autumn, Michael II, and Makyle; one stepson, Prince Reid (Margaret); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. The Pastor, Rev. Charles E. Walton, will eulogize, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home until 8:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.