MAXINE E. SNEED was born August 30, 1926 in Prague, Oklahoma. She was the third child of five children born to Calvin and Beatrice Sneed. She attended Fredrick Douglas High School, where she was voted High School Beauty Queen and later met the love of her life, Harvey Jones. Harvey drove the school bus for his classmates and somehow Maxine found her way to the seat behind this handsome bus driver and the rest became history.
At the ages of 17 and 19 on a cold rainy day, May 20, 1944, Maxine Sneed became Maxine Jones. In 1945, her new young husband accepted the calling from God to become a Pastor. He was sent to Fresno, CA where he began pastoring at The Church of the Living God. The young family, along with three little ones, later moved to San Diego, CA and made this their final home. Eight children were born to this union.
Maxine accepted Christ at a young age. Although she wasn’t too keen about being a Pastor’s wife, she accepted the duty and served diligently under the leadership of her husband, then later under the leadership of her son, Harvey Jones, Jr. until she was called home on September 21, 2019 at the age of 93. She was a Phenomenal and Godfearing first lady for over 40 years. She served wherever she was needed. She worked with the prison ministry, was a part of the women’s department, fed the young men and women serving in the military, fed and boarded many families in town for church conventions, was president of the retirees and an advocate for the young men and women she came to know; all while raising eight children and helping to guide some of her grandchildren.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Beatrice Sneed; stepfather, Dave Frazier; one brother; Clarence Sneed; three sisters: Rubie Witt, Jean Fortune and Marcella Hunt; one daughter; Alma Jeanice Agnew; one grandson, Haven Jones; three great grandsons: Quinton Agnew, Dontae Hampton and Haven Jones Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband of 75 years, Harvey Jones, Sr. of San Diego, CA; three daughters: Helia P. Jones-McFalls (Bob) of Borrego Springs, CA, Merry A. Jones (Don Axt) and Gaye J. Jordan (Derryll) of San Diego, CA; four sons: Harvey R. Jones, Jr. (Doreen) of San Diego, CA, Harvis R. Jones (Emmy) of Tacoma, WA, Harvus R. Jones (Arnesa) and Hurvey R. Jones, Sr. (Veronica) of San Diego, CA; 27 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, 27 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and so many that loved her enough to call her “Mother” and “Auntie”.
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