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Berry Campbell Dorsey Jones

Obituary of George M. Jones, Springfield, Missouri.

After months of failing health, the noble spirit of Capt. George M. Jones left its earthly tenement on the afternoon of May 11, 1916. He was born in Shelby County, Tenn., October 19, 1836, a son of Henry T. and Mary E. Jones. He was a Confederate veteran; and during the war he participated in the battles of Wilson Creek, Hartsville, Levington, Pea Ridge, and numerous minor engagements. He was always interested in the organizations of United Confederate Veterans, and for some time was Commander of the State Division and head of the Springfield Camp. He was the prime mover in having the Confederate cemetery at Springfield transferred to the United States goverment for its care and keeping.

During the early history of Springfield and Green County, Captain Jones was conspicuously indentified with undertakings in the business and commercial fields of Southwest Missouri, some of which are left as monuments to his industry. The first and only cotton mill ever built and operated in Springfield was constructed by Captain Jones. He was a director and stockholder in numerous firms and corporations in Southwest Missouri until his retirement, ten years ago.

Captain Jones was a gentleman of "the old school" and a Christian. He was a serene and tranquil spirit, and his kindness of heart and genuine regard for humanity surrounded him with friends whose regard intensified with the years. He was one of the most prominent figures in Methodism in Southwest Missouri, and was especially prominent in Springfield, where for almost a half century he had been a central figure in and a wise and loyal supporter of St. Paul's Church. He was for many years chairman of the board and often a member of the District and Annual Conferences. He was also a delegate to the General Conferences of the Church several times.

Captain Jones was married in 1868 in Lee County, Ark., to Mrs. Elizabeth Berry Campbell, widow if Col. L. C. Campbell and the oldest daughter of Maj. Daniel Dorsey and Olivia Polk Berry, a prominent family of SPringfield. Since her death he devoted himself to his children and success in life. He is survived by a son and a daughter.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1916.

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