Alma Jones

  • Born: September 12, 1924
  • Died: April 27, 2020
  • Location: Woodbridge, Virginia

Ames Funeral Home

8914 Quarry Road
Manassas, VA 20110

Tel. (703) 368-2814

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sunrise: September 12, 1924 Sunset: April 27, 2020
Alma Bernadine Taylor was born in Crenshaw, Mississippi, the daughter of John Henry and Pearl Matthews Taylor. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and three brothers.
At an early age she accepted Christ and united with Holly Groove Baptist Church in Crenshaw. She received early education in Crenshaw, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee and earned the Bachelors and Masters degrees from Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee. She also did considerable post graduate studies.
She married Perkins S. Jones Sr. of Rose Hill, Mississippi. To this union two children were born – Perkins Jr. and Linda Faith. Perkins Sr. preceded her in death.
Alma traveled extensively, enjoyed teaching and was an educator for more than 40 years. Her teaching career was in the public schools of Cumberland, Maryland and a Demonstration Teacher in the Laboratory schools of Tuskegee Institute and Alcorn A&M College. She spent more than 20 years as a Teacher and Reading Specialist at Washington Middle School in Springfield, IL. She worked two terms as a Commissioner of the Education Council.
After retirement she gave freely of herself, quietly volunteering: Literacy Tutor at Lawrence Education Center; St. Johns Hospital Interfaith Caregiver; "Meals on Wheels"; A.A.R.P. Lobbyist; S.I.U. School of Medicine Geriatric Mentor and Literacy Tutor in Woodbridge, VA.
She was a member of Zion Baptist Church prior to relocating to Woodbridge, VA where she united with First Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Life member of N.A.A.C.P. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; A founding member of the local Springfield, IL chapters of United Negro College Fund and A.K.A. Sorority and a member of Springfield Urban League.
To cherish her memory are: daughter, Dr. Linda F. Jones-Turner (C.A.) Woodbridge, VA; son Dr. Perkins S. Jones Jr. (Sheila), Dyer, IN; step granddaughter Kelisha Turner-Taylor (William) two great- grandchildren Amarria and Liam, Stafford, VA; nieces Marva Taylor Salaam, Clayton, Al; Cecilia Taylor, Chicago, IL; nephews Byron P. Taylor(Georgia) Long Beach CA.; Kermit B. Taylor (Joyce) Calumet Park, IL; Kermit J. Taylor (Bernestine) Los Angeles, CA.; several great nieces and nephews, cousins and cherished friends.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

An amazing and impressive life. Many were blessed by her presence.

Posted by Elizabeth Dady - Springfield, IL   May 09, 2020


In loving memory of a wonderful person and excellent teacher.

Posted by Pamela Stowe - Springfield, IL - friend   May 09, 2020


Mrs. Jones was a family friend for as long as I can remember. She was a close friend to my mother, Edna Gardner and one of my favorite ladies to visit whenever I returned home. I will always remember her gentle, quiet spirit and her words of wisdom and truth. Our temporary loss is heaven's eternal gain until we meet again. Ms. Linda and Mr. Perkins, may you find God's strength during this time and know that she lives on in each of you. Prayers and Blessings.

Posted by Lorenda "Fay" Gardner Lewis - Daly City, CA - Family Friend   May 08, 2020

Miss Alma, was my music teacher when I was in the 3rd grade in Crenshaw, MS. I remember that she was an elegant lady and a wonderful teacher. I send my condolences to the Family.

Posted by Mattilon Vanderhorst - San Jose, CA - Student   May 07, 2020

To the family of Mrs. Alma Taylor Jones,
She was a graceful and beautiful soul. I found a birthday and a Christmas letter from her and I instantly started to smile. She will always hold a special place in my heart. May God comfort you as only He can.

Posted by Barbara Montgomery - Springfield, IL - Friend   May 07, 2020

Always in my heart. Memories of her will live with me forever

Posted by Vickie Bradley Mosley    May 07, 2020

Linda, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. It seems she lived a long and wonderful life and touched the lives of many people. May she rest in peace and may you be comforted.
Love, Elliece

Posted by Elliece Smith Bryant - Mitchellville, MD - Friend   May 07, 2020

The family is in my prayers. Perkins prayers with you

Posted by Tony Hammons - Springfield, IL - friend   May 06, 2020

I will never forget her kindness.And never forget her smile.

Posted by Ann(Angelia) Wilson - Springfield, IL - Student   May 06, 2020

Grief can be so very hard, but our memories help us cope. Thinking of you and you family in these difficult times, and praying for your strength.

Posted by Gwen Talley - Fredericksburg, VA - friend   May 06, 2020

I never met your mom, but I can tell how wonderful she must have been just knowing you. We reflex the best parts of our parents to the loving way they raised us.Take comfort in your memories as you grieve.

Posted by William Huggins - Richmond, VA - Friend   May 06, 2020

When we lose a mother here on earth we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family

Posted by Alice Hedley - Raleigh, NC - Friend   May 05, 2020

It seems I've known Mrs. Jones my entire life. Some words of description come immediately to mind. Witty. Brilliant. Calm. Ladylike. Unflappable. She definitely left an indelible footprint on the world. It's a better place because of her. My love and prayers to Linda, Perkins, the family and friends.

Posted by Fred Hickman - Tallahassee, FL - Family Friend   May 05, 2020

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by mary moore - springfield, IL - teacher   May 05, 2020

Condolences to you and your family

Posted by Russell Bacon Jr - Mitchelville, MD - Friend   May 05, 2020

Mrs. Jones life is an inspiration to me. Please accept my condolences and know that the loss of a mother is almost too difficult to put into words. Remember, she will always be a part of you!

Posted by Millicent Stackhouse - Dumfries, VA - Acquaintance   May 05, 2020

To the family of Mrs. Alma, she continued to keep Holly Grove Church in her heart. She kept in constant contact with us and even has a scholarship set up in the Taylor's name. We thank you so much for allowing her to continue to be a part of our lives. RIP Mrs. Alma Jeanette Crenshaw

Posted by Jeanette Crenshaw - Crenshaw, MS - Friend   May 05, 2020


Linda and family, Our sincere condolences and prayers are for you and your family during this extraordinary time. Our families have been bonded for three generations. Alma remembers me from infancy and we were Divinely Blessed to enjoy special moments together over the last few years. Our Jones (of Crenshaw) and Mack families cherish our mutual friendship and love that binds us together eternally." What a fellowship, what a joy divine" ... May Peace and Blessings be on the Taylor/ Jones family.
Betty Ann Williams Mack and family

Posted by Betty Ann Mack - Crownsville, MD - Family Friend   May 05, 2020

Dear Linda, just wanted you to know I still have wonderful memories of your mother and the house on Wheeler st. Your mother always made me feel welcomed. Thank you for sharing her with so many others. She was more than a school teacher to me, she was the " village auntie" to me.

Posted by Kim McCombs - springfield, IL   May 05, 2020

To classmate Perkns and sister Linda I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother Ms. Jones. Your mother was very special to me at Washington middle school and was there for me in more ways than one. She was a very special/great teacher who will be missed. Stay strong and seek the most High while he may be found and look to the hills whence comes your help!!!

Posted by Cynthia Perry-Wilson - Springfield, IL - student   May 04, 2020

You were truly the epitome of a lady extraordinaire. You were a mentor, an advisor and a true sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to me.

Posted by pat Carpenter - Springfield, IL - friend   May 04, 2020

Dear Dr. Jones and family,
I am sorry for your loss. You have my sincere sympathy.

Posted by Eve Hudson - Woodbridge, VA - coworker   May 04, 2020

Our prayers are with the family! God is a Comforter! Kenneth and Shirley Ford (Black Ski)

Posted by Ken and Shirley Ford - Friend   May 04, 2020

Ms Alma and I, having a little Mardi Gras fun a few months ago!
Debbie Moore

Posted by Debbie Moore - Woodbridge, VA - Friend   May 04, 2020


Our Deepest Sympathy to the Family of Mrs Jones..she was such an elegant lady and a "wonderful teacher". Whenever she seen my husband Willie she would always say how much she loved him because they had similar noses and they would laugh about it. She will truly be missed...

Posted by Willie & Dottie Washington - Springfield, IL - teacher   May 04, 2020

My condolences to the family. Mrs.Jones was my teacher at Washington Middle School. I always admired her. Very classy and and polite.

Posted by Kim (Ross) Newman - Springfield, IL - student   May 04, 2020

Ms. Alma will truly be missed. We would sing hymns with her on Tuesdays and she would joyfully sing along. She was beautiful inside and out (outer beauty and filled with the Spirit of God.) I'm thankful that God allowed us to meet, although it was for a short time. Rest in peace, Precious One. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Bonita Chase Darby - Woodbridge, VA - Acquaintance   May 03, 2020

Miss Alma was a sweetheart when our Methodist group sang at Tribute on Tuesdays. She was treated with respect and care by the staff. May that bring your family a small measure of comfort. My condolences.

Posted by Janet Garland Payne - Woodbridge, VA - Acquaintance   May 02, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful woman. Mrs. Jones was my loving, soft spoken, super intelligent, sophisticated gentle giant. She was my shero. We met when I started my teaching career at Washington Middle School. I love her and will miss her. My condolences are sent to Linda, Perkins, and her family.

Posted by Sena Nelson - Springfield, IL - friend   May 02, 2020

My condolences to the Family. Mrs. Jones was absolutely the BEST teacher I ever had at Washington Middle School. Very classy. Ill always remember her. May God Bless you and keep you.

Posted by Dorothy (Buckner) Ewing - Springfield, IL - student   May 02, 2020

Linda and Perkins, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I will always remember her as a kind and caring individual as she gave me my first job. Praying God give you strength during your time of sorrow.

Posted by Carolyn (Morrison) Toney - Rochester, IL - acquaintance   May 02, 2020

Rip was an excellent teacher

Posted by Francine Jackson - Indpls, IN - student   May 01, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. The Suggs Family

Posted by Brenda Suggs - Springfield, IL - friend   May 01, 2020

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Ms Alma and I, having a little “Mardi Gras” fun a few months ago! Debbie Moore