Elder Frank L. Jones, II, retired from the General Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists in 1991 as an Associate Treasurer. Ordained to the
gospel ministry in 1955, he began his pastoral ministry in Nashville,
Tennessee. He served in various positions in leadership including circulation
manager for Southern Publishing Association; Treasurer for the Northeastern
Conference; Treasurer for South Atlantic Conference; Secretary for the Lake
Union Conference; Assistant Treasurer and Associate Treasurer, General Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists. He was the first black to serve as a union Secretary
and the first black treasurer in the General Conference Treasury office.
He was a pivotal figure in the construction of the current General Conference
headquarters building in Silver Spring, Maryland; and his expertise was drawn
upon in the process of constructing the Business and Technology Complex at
Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. When the decision was made to open a
central office for Regional ministry on the Oakwood campus, Jones oversaw the
establishment of the office and the renovation of the facility. He served as
auditor and later as director for the Office for Regional Conference Ministry.
During his time with the Regional office, Jones was instrumental in helping to
organize the Regional Conference Retirement Plan, headed by Elder Joseph McCoy.
Elder Jones passed from this life quietly and peacefully at home on November
28, 2007, after a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years,
Dorothy; his children, Frank III (wife Serita), Patricia Darville (husband
Wayne) and Steven; his grandchildren, Marques, Matthew, Cody, and Jaden; and
his great-granddaughter, Trinity. He is also greatly missed by his siblings,
Noah Cartwright, James Cartwright, Raymond Cartwright, Jessie Bryant, Edward,
and Judd Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Frank L. Jones, II, 81, a retired pastor and a former
associate treasurer for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (GC),
died November 28, 2007, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, following a brief
He was born in 1926 to parents Frank and Daisy Mae Jones in Mobile Alabama,
both baptized by Elder Harold B. Singleton, then president of South Atlantic
Conference. Jones' siblings also joined the church. He spent several years in
the military and, in 1945, accepted the Adventist message. He was honorably
discharged from the United States Navy a year later, then he headed to Oakwood
College to study for the ministry.
After graduating from college and marrying Dorothy Gilbert, the love of his
life, Jones moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and began his ministry. Following
his ordination, he worked for the church in various capacities, mainly in
treasury. He had a knack for details, coupled with great people skills.
“It was always a wonder to see how Frank got things done,” says Don Robinson, a
former associate treasurer who worked with Jones at the General Conference. “We
would be facing deadlines and he would say, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ Frank was
not a worrier, I was.”
Jones served at the church’s world headquarters from 1977 to 1990. He was the
first African-American elected to serve in the treasury department. When the GC
decided to move its headquarters from Takoma Park, Maryland, to a new site in
Silver Spring, Maryland, Jones was appointed to oversee the construction of the
new building and move all of the employees and offices,(which then comprised of
five buildings), to the new facility.
“We had a short time to relocate,” recalled Melvin Seard, former GC facilities
manager. “The entire move happened over the course of six months. Frank and I
worked with the builders on the plan and the coordination of the move. … We won
an award for the building. Frank was a master organizer, and without him I
don’t think we would be in this building today.”
After retiring from the GC in 1991, the Joneses moved to Huntsville. Though
retired, he continued to work for the church, assisting wherever he was needed.
His expertise was drawn upon in the process of constructing the Business and
Technology Complex at Oakwood College.
“Frank saved this college thousands of dollars," said Delbert Baker
president of Oakwood College. How and why? "Somehow he knew the records of
the school going back to the 40’s and the 50’s. “He was always able to give the
right counsel at the right time. He worked in a quiet way behind the scenes. He
had a tremendous sense of organization and the knack to do things right.”
When the decision was made to open a central office for regional ministry on
the Oakwood College campus, Jones oversaw the establishment of the office and
the renovation of the facility. He then served as auditor and director for
regional conference ministry. During his time with the regional office, Jones
was instrumental in organizing the Regional Conference Retirement Plan.
“When we decided to establish the regional retirement fund,” said Charles
Cheatham, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Allegheny East
Conference, “because of Frank’s background in management in the treasury
department, he became a tremendous mentor to each of us in setting up the
A scholarship fund through the Regional Conference Ministry has been set up at
Oakwood College in Jones’s name, Cheatham said, and “the Frank L. Jones Legacy
Award of Academic Excellence in Business Studies will be given to qualified
students who wish to pursue their CPA and MBA.”
His survivors include his wife, Dorothy, and their three children, Frank, III,
Patricia, and Steve.
-Paula L. Webber