Earsline Shields, an extremely generous Christian woman, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Winchester Care and Rehab. She was married to George Jones, Sr. (affectionately called “Red”, a well known barber in Columbus, Ohio) and together they had ten children. She remarried William “Bill” Shields, Los Angeles, California. In the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s she was well known as “Earsline Jones” (Divorced) who attended religiously the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith and Rehoboth Temple Church.
Mother Jones gave money, time, and prayer to the homeless, the needy, and praying for the elderly sick. Mother Jones constantly gave money and time to hurting relatives. She was well known in the community of Columbus, Ohio as a Christian woman. For her family she held all the holiday family dinners and would supply almost all of the food and let those family members take all of the leftovers. Once she injured her back as a nurse assistant, and when she received compensation she gave all $3,000 as a donation to the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith. She influenced her children, family members, friends, and strangers to serve the Lord and to be saved according to the Word of the Lord, Acts 2:38 (KJV), influencing her family to pray, fast, and read the Holy Bible (KJV 1611).
She was friendly and very compassionate sharing the Word of God with others. She posted a sign on a tree standing in the front yard “This is the House of Prayer”, with prayer dates and times. She loved celebrating Jesus’ Christ birthday, so for Christmas Day, she would decorate the front room with a beautiful Christmas Tree every year, placing the beautiful decorated Christmas tree in the huge front room window, sharing it for the entire neighborhood to see. She supplied bowls of fruit and candy for us children to enjoy. She would continue to decorate the furnished basement for the family meal, inviting all family relatives whether they brought food or not. She fed everybody quality food, her preparation would also be three weeks up to that holiday day. These events made her husband popular with his relatives.
Earsline raised six daughters. She would wash and press theirhair every Saturday even if they went swimming, she would doit again. The children were known as the “Jones Clan” because there was ten children, six girls and four boys. Because of her love, care, and concern they were also known as the “beautiful Jones children.” She made sure they were well dressed. They always had a good Sunday morning breakfasts before Sunday morning church. She gave them money to give in Sunday School, morning church services as well as evening church services.
Preceded in death by her parents, father Robert Holmes Sr., mother Willie Mae King; brothers, Robert Holmes, Jr., Karl Holmes; sisters, Ruth Holmes, Maxine Prince, Ellen Lumpkins, Emma Henderson; children, Tamara “Tammy” Jones-Watkins and Karen Cynthia Jones-Johnson.
Survived by her children, George Jones Jr. (Lawton, Oklahoma, Carolyn Jones, Loretta Scott (Gahanna, Ohio), Evangelist Vanessa (McQuiller) Jones (Canal Winchester, Ohio), Alan Jones (Douglasville, Georgia), Mary Ann Madison (Los Angeles, California), Christopher Jones (Columbus, Ohio) and Phillip “Elias Khidhr” Jones (Alabama). A host of grandchildren, great grandchildren who reside in Los Angeles, California, Lawton, Oklahoma, Alabama and Ohio; other family and friends.
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