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Lewis Bevel "Bev" Jones III

1926 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Lewis Bevel "Bev" Jones III Obituary
Bishop L. Bevel "Bev" Jones of Atlanta, 91, longtime pastor, Emory University graduate, teacher and devotee, and one of the last surviving signers of the highly lauded Ministers' Manifesto, died March 6 of complications from dementia.

A service celebrating Jones's life will be at 2 p.m. March 24 at Decatur First United Methodist Church, 300 East Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur with a reception to follow.

He is remembered in part as an early pioneer in civil rights for his role in fashioning a statement calling for racial reconciliation as resistance to school desegregation escalated throughout the South in 1957. It came to be known as the Ministers' Manifesto, signed by 80 ministers, including Jones. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described the Manifesto as an early sign Atlanta might live up to Mayor William B. Hartsfield's famous boast of being "the city too busy to hate."

Bishop Jones is also remembered for his role in the radio ministry, The Protestant Hour, now known as Day 1

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Related: A Remembrance of Bevel Jones from Atlanta's Emory University
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 11, 2018
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