Before the creation of this world, the Lord knew, Beatrice Dawson. She was the twelfth of fourteen children born to the union of Ben and Fannie Mae Dawson on October 25, 1919. Throughout her life, Beatrice was lovingly called “Bea”. Both her parents and all thirteen siblings preceded her in death.
Bea grew up in Lisbon, Louisiana, and it was there where she received her formal education. She gave her life to the Lord at an early age and was a member of the Friendship Methodist Church, where her father was an associate minister.
Bea met and married, Jackson Clay Jones (J.C.), in Lisbon, Louisiana on January 9, 1938. To this union, ten children were born. In January of 1946, J.C. and Bea moved their growing family to San Diego, California. Not long after moving to San Diego, Bea became a member of Bethel Baptist Church, pastored by the late Dr. C.H. Hampton. She received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost on January 29, 1960, and later became a member of the Greater Jackson Memorial C.O.G.I.C. under the pastorate of the late Bishop J.A. Blake Sr.
Bea was a faithful and loyal member of the church. She was a member of the choir, a Deaconess, a member of the Mother’s Board and worked in the kitchen. She displayed her faithfulness by continually supporting her pastor, Bishop J.A. Blake Jr., and the family of the Fountain of Life C.O.G.I.C., with her prayers, tithes, and offerings, until the day of her death.
Bea was a loving mother and a true friend. She enjoyed the company of her friends, family and grandchildren, whom she loved with all of her heart. She loved to sing and was often heard singing, or humming, her favorite hymns. Nurses at the hospital shared with the family how they often heard her humming the Lord’s song when they went in to attend to her. She always had a kind word to say and never rushed to judgment. She loved people and enjoyed each interaction with them. She always ended every conversation with, 'God Bless You.'
On September 23, 2019, at 6:30 A.M., Bea went home to be with the Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C.; two daughters, Marie Jones and Margie Mack, and one son, Andrew Jones, all of San Diego. She leaves to celebrate her life and her homegoing four daughters: Iris Harris, Marva Roberts and Brenda Jones of San Diego, Doris (Robert) Williams of St. Louis; three sons: Otis Jones and Kenneth (Sandra) Jones of San Diego and Alphonso (Margarette) Jones of Moreno Valley; twenty-one grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Morrine Smith of Lisbon, Louisiana and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
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