Pastor Antwan L. Jones

Sunrise: September 5, 1975

Sunset: September 15, 2022

The Life and Legacy of Praise for Antwan L. Jones

A triumphant trumpet sounded on the early morning of September 15, 2022. Antwan L. Jones heard his name and rose to his celebration of eternal praise, where the Lord crowned his spiritual emeritus servant well done. 

Affectionally known as Wayne, AJ, or Pastor AJ, his most prized title in life was being a Man of God.  Along with his twin brother, Antonio, Antwan was born on September 5, 1975, to loving, and, God-fearing parents: his beautiful Mother Connie L. Jones (Harrison) and loving, esteemed grandparents Eugene and Annie L. Jones. 

He grew up in Zion Bethel United Church of Christ, Portsmouth VA, which was also the same church home of his great grandparents, The late Rev. & Mrs. Joseph Copeland, former pastor & First Lady of ZBUCC. Antwan was the spiritual son to many, never met a stranger, and he was mentored by other great men such as his dedicated and loving father, The late Gregory Thomas, Sr., The late Rev. Dr. D.A. Peace, Sr., and Bishop Courtney McBath (Calvary Revival Church). Before his spiritual promotion, he was the Pastor of Faith Fellowship Community Baptist Church, Portsmouth VA. He graduated with the 1993 I. C. Norcom High School Graduating Class (Go Greyhounds!) and briefly served in the United States Marine Corps. 

Knowing the calling and parallels that would become present within his life, The Lord saw fit to divide one life into two souls and blessed Antwan with someone who would protect, aide, be his supporter, confidant, ace, and best friend, his twin brother Antonio L. Jones (Monica). Inseparable from birth, they share a bond of love and brotherhood that has stood the test of time in this life until they reunite together on that distant shore of eternal love. 

It is a sacred blessing and honor from God to be blessed with a beautiful, loving, supporting, and dedicated Queen. One who is attentive and understanding of the role of a Pastor and Man of God. Proverbs 31 in flesh, a custom-made blessing, just for Antwan and he recognized his blessing and married the love of his life, partner, and queen of his heart, Alina Saunders Jones. Together they raised six beautiful children: Jasmyn, Jordyn, Jeremiah, Christopher, Makayla, and Charisma. 

Antwan’s legacy of life continued with the undying love, bond, and support of his younger brother Gregory “Bootsie” Thomas Jr. (Nordanne), Uncle-Brother Carlton “PeeWee” Jones (Dorothy) who was indeed a big brother to him, and beloved uncle Calvin Jones who traveled across the city shouting and praising God with his nephew, his only sister, Sandra Elliott (whom he affectionately called Lil’ Sis) and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he loved dearly. 

Viewing Monday, September 26, 2022 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Faith Fellowship Community Baptist Church 708 Broad Street Portsmouth, Virginia Celebration of Life Tuesday, September 27, 2022 1:00 PM St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church 2714 Frederick Blvd. Portsmouth, Virginia And He Shall Rest Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery Suffolk, Virginia

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    Deacon Leigh m. Burton, Sr. says

    Pastor Antwan L. Jones and My Son have been Friends since Childhood. I have known Him all of His life. I to am saddened about His passing but I know that God makes no mistakes. May the Family continue to look to God for strength during this time. Remember John 14:1-6. Pastor Jones is now in His Mansion prepared for Him. Take Your well deserved rest Pastor Jones for Your journey here on earth has ended.

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    Alonza McGlone Jr says

    Phenomenon. I’ll get back to that.

    I would like to offer my condolences to the Jones family. In all fairness, I was closer to Antonio than I was Antwan, but they’re twins so they would usually show up at the same events, so I do know Antwan very well. From my heart, I would like to say to the family, you are all in my prayers, and may the Lord continue to bless you and keep you in His hands during this season, as you grieve the lost of Antwan.

    To my ICN Class of 93 family, another member has graduated. The news of the passing of Antwan was an immediate shock, but before my emotions got the best of me, I was reminded of the blessing our class experienced. The Class of 93 consider ourselves the BEST to have ever walked the halls of Norcom. Well, I would like to use this moment to explain how blessed we really are.

    Antwan is a member of a group I consider a phenomenon. Antwan was born a twin of Antonio. Twins are a rare experience, and it dawned on me, the ICN Class of 93 had four sets of twins in it! My math computes 4 times 2 to equal 8, and with this being a condolence page of Pastor Antwan, I must explain what those numbers mean biblically. 2 is the number of witness. 4 is the number of creation. 8 is the number of new beginnings. If you search deep in your heart, you will realize the reason we are the BEST is because we all witnessed the creation of a new beginning of a family that will always remain spiritually connected.

    So to the Jones family, as well as the ICN Class of 93 family, I dare not asked you to limit your tears for the passing of our love one, but I must remind you to take the time to thank God for the blessing of being able to say that we are all members of a phenomenal family!

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    The Alumni of UCBI says

    We offer our condolences and prayers to the Family of Rev. Antwan Jones.

    He was one of our Alumni of Union Christian Bible Institute.
    Jesus has called your loved one home. Your loss pains our heart, too. May fond memories of the past bring you peace. With heartfelt sympathy.

    Be comforted, for “the trial of your faith… will be tried with fire.” like precious gold. 1Peter 7

    Dr. Debbie Carrington,
    UCBI Alumni Group Fellowship & Friendship

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    Rev. Dr. Charles Carrington says

    As your loved one is called to their eternal home,
    May your eyes catch a glimpse of God’s peace.
    Praying that you will be comforted at this time of loss.
    With deepest sympathy.

    “Let us come boldly … and find grace to help in time of need.
    ( Hebrews 4:16 )

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    Marquita Johnson says

    Sending our condolences and prayers.
    Marquita Johnson and family

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    Angela M Antoine says

    It was a Blessing to have met Antwan. He was truly a Man of God and he encourgaed others in the faith even when he did feel like it. He will be truly missed.
    Prayers to his Queen and family members.

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    Antonio Newsome says

    Rev. Antwan Jones was my friend and will be truly missed.

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    Vanessa Scott says

    Wayne as we affectionly called him will truly be missed .He was a true man of God and to the family hold on to God’s unchanging hand love you all

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    Arlise McSwain Carson says

    I’ve known “the twins” as we called them since they delivered the newspapers in the neighborhood. Pastor Antwan will be missed, and we are praying for you all. With love, the Carson Family.

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    Nicole Robinson says

    Jones Family: On behalf of my family, the Robinson/Moore family, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most unimaginable time. We love you all.

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    Margie Sanchez says

    May the love of our Lord Jesus Christ give you strength in this time of grief, and may His glory bring you comfort in the darkness. Our prayers are with you always.

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