Walter Terrell Jones
Koch Funeral Home - State College
2401 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA
Walter Terrell Jones August 30, 1949 August 19, 2014 Walter Terrell Jones, "Terrell", 64, a resident of State College, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born August 30, 1949, in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Walter and Gladys Jackson Jones. Terrell was a graduate of John Harris High School in Harrisburg class of 1968, where he played on the state championship football team. Later that year, while attending Lock Haven University, he met the love of his life, then Carla Roser, at the dining halls. They married in 1980. Terrell is survived by his wife, Carla Roser-Jones; his two daughters, Sara Roser-Jones, of State College and Courtlyn Roser-Jones, of Pittsburgh; and a son, Christopher R. Jones, of Pittsburgh and his wife, Abigail F. Jones. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Juliet Jones and Campbell Jones who, upon his request, affectionately called him "Old Dude." Terrell is also survived by two brothers, Milton Jones and his wife, Mary, of Atlanta, Ga. and Delamar Jones and his wife, Gail, of Harrisburg; and one sister, Clare Jones, also of Harrisburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Jones; and a sister, Rachael Broadnex. Terrell was a graduate of Lock Haven University in 1972 (BA Sociology) where he was an offen- sive lineman on the football team. He graduated from Penn State University in 1974 and 1985 (MS, PhD Counselor Education). Terrell spent almost his entire career at Penn State University, assisting first generation college students matriculate to, and graduate from the university. Although most of his later career was spent in an administrative role as the Vice Provost of Educational Equity, he most loved interacting with students. He was a dedicated member of Albright Bethune United Methodist Church since 1988. Whenever possible, he liked to fish, garden, cook, walk his dogs, and be with his family. Friends will be received at the Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St. State College, PA 16801 on Friday, August 22, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Albright-Bethune United Methodist Church, West Beaver Ave. and South Burrowes St. on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Kathleen Danley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Albright-Bethune United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 153, State College, PA 16804 or to the Dr. W. Terrell Jones Scholarship Memorial Fund at the Pennsylvania State University, by visiting Signing of the online guest book or condolences may be made at
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I belatedly am extending my condolences. I had the sincere pleasure of getting knowing Terrell when I was a student at LHU in the
mid-1970's. I was an RA under him. We both came to Penn State. He always greeted me with his big smile every time our paths crossed. He is certainly missed at Penn State
Pat Buchanan
December 24, 2014
To the Jones family I want to give my deepest condolences to you. Dr. Jones was indeed a man of principal. And I will be forever in gratitude to him. This is because if it wasn't for the help from Terrell Jones I might not have graduated from Penn State. God bless you all
Bhoke Lumumba
September 13, 2014
Carla and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Deb Godfrey
September 3, 2014
Dear Carla and family,
We just learned of Terrell's passing after battling cancer. We are so sorry for your loss - Terrell was such a great human being - caring, intelligent, such a great sense of humor, and humble in spite of all he had accomplished. I think Ken would say he was probably the best "hire" he ever made. Penn State was certainly a better place because of his having been there. God bless and keep you during the difficult time.
With many fond memories, Ken & Chris Zirkle
September 3, 2014
To the Jones Family
May God comfort you during this time. Terrell was a kind and generous person. He made a positive impact on all those with whom he came in contact. He will truly be missed, but not forgotten.
Rachel Gibbs
August 29, 2014
The impact that Dr. Jones had on our lives both personally and professionally is too vast to capture in this format. He was our mentor and cheerleader. He always did things with class, humanity and humor.

On a personal note, I have to share with you that at every step of my (Jhan professional career) I called him to get his thoughts. His opinions meant the world to me.

Rest in peace, Dr. Jones...

Drs. Jamal and Jhan Berry
Jhan Berry
August 25, 2014
I worked in the Division of Campus Life back in the late 1980's early 1990's and remember Terrell as having a great personality and sense of humor. He was quick to laugh, and he had a true gift for making others laugh and feel welcome. Most of all, though, he had a deep commitment for making this world a better place for everyone. RIP, Terrell. You worked hard, did a great job, and a lot of people grew because of your efforts. You will be sorely missed, but are surely enjoying the blessing of God's gift of eternal rest in peace.
Cheryl Markley
August 25, 2014
To the Jones Family,

I was saddened to hear of Terrell's passing. I met him early on in my academic career as a member of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education. I admired his commitment, his tenacity, and his courage. God Bless You All.

Charlene Dukes, Glenn Dale, MD
August 25, 2014
Terrell was a wonderful person and will be missed very much. Everyone loved him.
Cheryl Frank
Cheryl Frank
August 25, 2014
To the Jones Family,

My deepest condolences on the loss of Terrell. He was a mentor to me when I began my career with Penn State. Even after I left the university, I consistently came back to catch him up on what I was doing and to seek his advice.

Tristana Harvey, Chicago, IL
August 25, 2014
Penn State has lost a fine man and a mentor of many students.
Don Arndt
August 24, 2014
Dr. Jones was a great man.

Professionally, as a proud member of the Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs, I am honored to have been part of his quest to ensure Penn State is an educationally equitable higher learning institution.

Personally, I will miss our conversations. I recall my first conversation in his office lasting two and a half hours (mind you, we were only supposed to meet for a half hour). He had so much to share (stories, wisdom, etc.).

I would like to thank his family for sharing him with the Penn State community. Know that we are here for you.

We've truly lost one of the greats. It will not be possible to fill his shoes . . . we can only hope the next person at the helm of Penn State's equity operations does his legacy justice.
Charles E. Gibson III
August 24, 2014
Terrell was one one of the great men of Penn State and he will be missed. My father & I both had the privilege to call him a friend. We are sorry for your loss

Norm Brown Sr & Norm Brown Jr
Norm Brown
August 24, 2014
Aunt Carla and family,
Praying for peace and comfort for all of you. Uncle Terrell was a wonderful man. God bless you.
Jill Roser
August 23, 2014
Terrell was one of the best teachers I ever had at Penn State. He was one of the best leaders at PSU too. He cannot be replaced. My condolences to Terrell's family and friends.
Jeff Dixon
August 23, 2014
Sympathy & kindest regards to the Jones family & very many friends wherever they may be. God bless 1 & all. Take care.
Ray Allen
August 23, 2014
Dear Carla and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Terrell was a great man who helped and motivated so many. He will be missed greatly. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Richard and Connie Gunsallus
August 23, 2014
I shall miss his friendship, his counsel and his genuine joie de vivre.
Greg Petersen
August 23, 2014
Grew up with Terrell on the hill in Harrisburg, played football and graduated with him from John Harris Senior High. Our paths took different directions but it was great seeing him at Class Reunions and other functions. Judging by all the comments he will be truly miss. My heart goes out to his family and may they find comfort in the Lord.
Hugh Woolridge
August 22, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Terrell and I have been friends for over 50 years. We spent many nights walking our dogs together in Harrisburg. The fact that we have not seen each other in years, in no ways changes the love and friendship I feel for him in my heart.
Max White
August 22, 2014
Dr. Jones was simply world class. May he RIP and watch over his family.
Heather James
August 22, 2014
To Carla and Family,

I will always remember Terrell and cherish our friendship. I met him my first year as a graduate student when he spoke to a class I was taking and then as an adjunct. His story on life and multiculturalism were inspiring.

Then I got to know him more personally when I worked with Hank McCoullum and the Bunton-Waller Scholars and when I became a member of Albright-Bethune. I believe I enjoyed I enjoyed the themes and stories he presented to new students each year more than the students.

I enjoyed his famous fish frying and smoking skills. They were second to none.

I will keep in touch.
Karnard Jenkins
August 22, 2014
Terrell Jones: Remembering the gutteral laughter and fire that spilled forth from your eyes, your animated passion for positive community relations. Thanks for inspiring us to be our best to see things with a deeper vision and to put stereotypes to the test. You had a God ordained gift to motivate the masses. Thanks Lord, for sharing Terrell with us and for the encouragement he and Carla imparted to my life. God Bless the Jones family!
Portia Webb
August 22, 2014
Dr. Jones was a great person, I met him when my daughter was a freshman at Penn State. He told the parents a story about their children "being off the porch" while in college... I will never forget that story. Rest in peace, you have crossed over from service to reward. My condolence to the entire family
The Glover Family
Michelle Glover
August 22, 2014
Terrrell was a very humble, inspirational humanitarian. I will never forget his motivation, words of wisdom and support. May his family find peace and comfort in all the fond memories he left behind!
Carmella Winfree-Lovett
August 22, 2014
A truly wonderful person and a great fisherman who we will most fondly remember and miss greatly.
Clarence & Karen Crisp
August 22, 2014
Terrell was a beloved man that will surely be missed. Our hearts and prayers goes out to all. Cousin Ron & Family.
Ron Gallatin
August 22, 2014
Many hearts are broken to think that we will not have Terrell in our midst. His legacy however, will live on in all the lives he touched. He has left a great big footprint and I am grateful to have shared space and time with him. Thank you Jones family for sharing him with us. God's comfort and blessings to you.
Barbara Thompson
August 22, 2014
I am sorry to hear the news and offer my condolences to the Jones family. Dr. Jones challenged me to be a better citizen and I thank him from the bottom of my heart. HS
Harjit Singh
August 22, 2014
What a joy it was to work with Terrell while he was at LHU. Each day was filled with care and concern for students and our staff. His love of life was tremendous. His passing was a shock and deeply saddens all of us who worked with him. May we live what Terrell taught us and demonstrated every moment, difference bring strength not separation. May all of his professional family join together to bring comfort to his wife, children and sister and brothers during their time of great sadness.
Linda Koch
August 22, 2014
Dear Carla and family,
Terrell made a difference in so many lives and leaves a wonderful legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Pam & John Montgomery
August 22, 2014
I met Terrell during my days at Upward Bound. Truly a man of character, Terrell will be sorely missed. He loved his family and proudly spoke of you. May it comfort you to know how much others share your burden. God bless you during this difficult time.
Kathe Posey
August 22, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to Terrell's family and friends at this sad time. He had the rare talent to bring all together and to help achieve harmony and understanding. As a young professional (years ago) in residence life, his training and workshops still resonate with me as I work with students on a daily basis. He was one of the first I met on campus, and I remember his warmth and kindness. Rest in Peace Terrell!
Amy Leddy
August 22, 2014
To The Jones Family: I just want to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Terrell played football along with my brother George. I remember the John Harris football games, and how close Terrell and my brother George were, you would always see Terrell and George together. I hope this poem I wrote will comfort your family. My hearts and prayers are with you. Doris Washington, George Buchanan's Sister
For The Jones Family:


By Doris Washington

I'll think of you
As the winter snow falls at night,
And all is calm.
I'll think of you
As the flowers blossom,
Preparing for the spring.
I'll think of you
As autumn makes its way,
After long beautiful summer days.
I'll think of you
As seasons pass each year,
Reminding me of wonderful times
We've shared.
And now that you're with Him,
There'll always be the memories to cherish.
I'll think of you.

Doris Washington (c)2009.
Doris Washington
August 22, 2014
Dear Carla and Jones family,

I worked for Terrell while attending graduate school in '79. We shared many interesting conversations and scotch! I remember meeting you and the kids in Washington, DC some years ago and as always, Terrell had his keen wit and humor to taunt and tease me. I last talked to Terrell this time last year and it was though we were still sitting around shooting the breeze back in East Halls. I will always be grateful to this kind and loving soul and forever remember him fondly.
Glen Moore
August 21, 2014
God Bless you and your family at this difficult time, he will be missed.
Carmen Francois
August 21, 2014
To the family,

I am so saddened to hear about your loss. Dr. Jones was instrumental in helping me in my professional career after college. Due to his efforts, I was able to gain experience at PSU that helped me to get in graduate school and launched into my career. I am very thankful for this. I'm sure he assisted many others in this same way. May your hearts be comforted during this time.

Khiela Holmes
Khiela Holmes
August 21, 2014
Carla and family,

I have known Terrell since the days of our youth in Harrisburg, PA. I am proud of the impact he has made on others through his professional and personal pursuits. I still recall the brief reunion we had when he traveled to the University of Iowa on business some time ago. Although I did not get to reunite with him at State College, he will always be remembered. You have worked hard, now rest well.

Gary Lawson, West Des Moines, IA
Gary Lawson
August 21, 2014
Carla,& all the family,
We are so sad for your loss, this has been such a shock to everyone. Our hearts just go out to each of you. One thing I want you to know, Terrell like so many of us meant so much to me. He was my mentor, my hero and my friend. Working w/him I learned to have fun, be professional, and he educated me well on so many levels. Bill loved talking to him about fishing, and their little jokes they would tell one another. The one memory I'll never forget--a couple days after he hired me to work in East Halls as his staff assistant. . .he said "Did you just just move from Walton's Mountain?" Then he smiled that big smile. . .You all will be in our prayers and thoughts. Love, and blessings, Bill & diana (skeet) Moore
Diana & Bill Moore
August 21, 2014
May your hearts be filled with fond memories of joyful times together as you celebrate Terrell's life. Your sorrow is felt by many. We all will remember Terrell.
Kathy Putt
August 21, 2014
My sincere condolences to the entire family. Terrell was a force of change and good at Penn State. His leadership and compassion were phenomenal. He always had a kind word to say. A true scholar, gentleman and humanitarian.
Carolyn Jensen
August 21, 2014
Thank you Terrell for being a great friend, for your support and all the times you made be laugh to point of tears rolling down my face.

My hart goes out to Carla and family.

Joe Trippi, Member, Chipmunk Lodge.
Joe Trippi
August 21, 2014
Sending my heart felt sympathy and prayers for the Jones family. I really enjoyed playing racquetball with Terrell, Jim Stewart and Bill Asbury when I worked at Penn State (88 to 90). I am sure his always present smile will be missed by all.
James Bowen
August 21, 2014
Many thoughts and prayers to Courtlyn, Sara and all his family and friends. May you find peace during this time of grief. I will never forget his smile and laugh. He always had a great story to tell and message to give. His message will continue to live with those who continue to remember.
August 21, 2014
Deepest sympathy to Carla and Family.
RIP old friend. The only thing bigger than your smile was your heart.
Bruce Parkhill
August 21, 2014
I was very sorry to hear of Terrell's death. He added tremendously to our efforts in student affairs over the years. Condolences to the family. Raymond Murphy, Vice President, Student Affairs, Emeritus
August 21, 2014
He was a great gentleman, scholar and statesman and will be missed.
Rodney Jenkins
August 21, 2014
Thank you for your teachings that the world still could follow today. A true Humanitarian passed away on World Humanitarian Day. Rest in peace.
Sirkka-Liisa Robbins-Scheltz
August 21, 2014
I will remember Terrell as kind, generous, and joyful-he once made one awesomely delicious turkey for a group of folks he barely knew and brightened their day. My heartfelt condolences to Terrell's family and friends.
J Dillon-Fast
August 21, 2014
Sending my deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers.
Edna Packer
August 21, 2014
May God comfort you and the family during this time. I am blessed to call Terrell my friend. I remember his love of life, smile, and laugh.
Robert Bullett
August 20, 2014
May the Love, Peace, and Grace of
God continue to be with the Jones Family as we share our deepest condolences for the loss of Terrell. He represented goodness in deed and equitable treatment for all during his tenure on this Earth. Although Terrell has departed from physical presence, his spiritual presence will forever live. This world has lost a truly beloved individual.
Maurice & Jacqueline Peagler
August 20, 2014
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