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May 25, 1941 ~ March 4, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Elder (Sam) Abel Jones was born on May 25, 1941, in Rosedale Mississippi to his father Daniel Jones Sr and his mother Elnora Coleman Jones. He attended elementary and high school for colored students in Rosedale. After high school, Abel matriculated at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, for two years from 1959-1960. He enlisted into the Air Force, and served in Europe, for three years. After his service he returned to Elyria where most of his family had migrated from Mississippi. He worked in Cleveland for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). He was also one of the founding members of the Karamu House, which was a creative arts studio, where he developed his creative writing and acting abilities.
Abel transferred with CBS to New York City and became an editor for the News Division. In the news division he was an editor for the Walter Cronkite 6:00pm news. While he was an editor, he performed freelance writing. After receiving moderate success as a freelance writer, he decided to move to California to write for the movie industry. After having only moderate success as a screenwriter and actor, God acknowledged that God has greater plans for his life.
Abel returned to Elyria, Ohio in 1975, and met his future wife Sharon in 1978, at the Call Out Church of the Almighty God, in Elyria, Ohio. The two were married in 1979 for 16 years, and raised three children: Orlando Demone, Dana, and Abel Nathaniel (Nate). He served as a deacon at the Call Out Church and was later ordained as a minister. Abel also served as pastor for a local church and later held services out of his home on middle avenue. Eventually, God led Abel to join Christ Temple Apostolic Church where he has been a faithful member to his final days.
Abel worked for Ohio Edison for 15 years as a meter reader. Afterwards, he became a taxi driver in Cleveland for 6 years before retiring in 2010.
Abel departed this life on Saturday, March 4, 2023 and those who live to cherish his memory are; Hector, his oldest son who has three children and live in Bedford, Ohio; his son Orlando and his wife Sheila their children are Nautica, Miah, Nasir, and Anais, and Orlando Jr; his son Abel Nathaniel Jones (Nate) and fiancée Rhonda Dolin; daughter Dana and her husband Richard Little and their children are; Heaven, Paradise, and Eternal. Abel’s great grandchildren are Promise and Orlando Demone Nathaniel Jr. Abel leaves behind five siblings and a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces, and cousins.
There will be a celebration of life on Monday March 13th,2023 at Carter Funeral Home 127 W Bridge St Elyria, Ohio. Viewing will be at 9am and services will begin at 10am.
Burial will be at 2:30pm at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery-918.