The Living Church

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The Living ChurchJanuary 7, 1996Around The Diocese 212(1) p. 13

The Rt. Rev. Everett Holland Jones, 93, fourth Bishop of West Texas, died Nov. 18 in San Antonio following a long illness.

Bishop Jones was a native of San Antonio. He attended the city's public schools and went on to the University of Texas, where he graduated in 1922. He spent a year teaching at Texas Military Institute before doing graduate studies at Columbia University. He went on to Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 1927. He was ordained deacon in 1926 and priest a year later. He married Helen Miller Cameron in 1940.

In his early years of ordained ministry, Bishop Jones served congregations in Cuero and Waco, Texas, and later became canon chancellor at Washington National Cathedral. He was called to St. Mark's Church, San Antonio, as rector in 1938 and remained there until 1943, when he was elected and consecrated bishop.

"The influence of Bishop Jones upon this diocese, St. Mark's and the city of San Antonio is enormous," said the Rev. Michael Chalk, rector of St. Mark's.

While at St. Mark's, Bishop Jones established what was to become Good Samaritan Center, an institution of the diocese which has touched thousands through social services.

His work among the Hispanic population of the diocese resulted in the formation of new churches in San Antonio and Brownsville. While he was bishop, Cathedral House, now the Bishop Jones Center, became diocesan headquarters.

Bishop Jones was a writer, contributing a column titled "A Bishop Looks at Life" to more than 25 newspapers in Texas and Florida. Two books containing his columns have been published.