Minister Michael Jones

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Minister Michael “Mike” Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 16, 1961 to the late Jeff Young and Addie (Godfrey) Richardson. The Lord transitioned him home from this earthly life on September 20, 2020 at the age of 58, while preaching the Word of God. 

Mike was introduced to the Lord as a small child while attending St. Mark AME Zion Church. There he recalled hearing the thunderous sermons from Rev. Tecumseh Graham.  

Mike grew up in the Northside neighborhood with his mother, stepfather, Sylvester Richardson, and sister. He had a very humorous spirit, always loving to joke and make others laugh.

As a young man, Mike was an athlete. His love of sports carried through his high school years where he attended Aiken High School. He enjoyed playing football, basketball, and baseball. 

After graduation, he attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. There he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing in 1987.  During this time, he met his Queen, Shirley Smith.

After an extended courtship, they were married on January 30, 1988. Their union produced four beautiful children: three daughters and one son.

A relocation with his employer, State Farm Insurance Co. led the family to Mansfield, OH in 1990. Mike and Shirley raised their four young children attending St. Peter’s Catholic Church and school. During this time, Mike was a very involved parent and community member. He served as a volunteer basketball coach for each of his four children. He also volunteered at Bingo and was a member of the school board.

God began to refocus Mike spiritually in 2003. He and his family began attending The New Community Temple COGIC under the leadership of Pastor Henry J. Bradley Jr.  This is where God transformed him and called him into the ministry. Michael served as a Deacon, Finance Director and Vice President of the Bus Committee.

Mike and Shirley relocated back to Columbus in 2009. He loved working in sales and enjoyed his position in pharmaceutical sales with Amber Pharmacy.

While in Columbus they continued to commute to The New Community Temple COGIC for a couple of years.

The Lord led them to Unity Temple COGIC in 2013, under the leadership of Pastor Jerry Revish and Co-Pastor Danielle Revish. At Unity Temple, he was a member of the Choir, Deacon Board, and President of the Men’s Department. He was also a Bible Band/Sunday School Teacher.

While serving the Lord in these roles, he earned his Master of Ministry Degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University – New Albany. Pastor Jerry Revish appointed him as a Minister shortly after.

Minister Mike loved to serve his Pastor, Co-Pastor, and church family. He also loved the Word of God and enjoyed any opportunity to witness. He was very excited about the strong message God placed in his heart. He planned to deliver the Word on Men’s Day. His referenced scripture was, Isaiah 1: 17-21, with a subject title “For A Time Such as This”.

Michael was proceeded in death by his parents, stepfather, and brother, Craig Young.

Minister Mike is survived by his wife, Shirley of 32 years; children, Sharron Jones (Maurice); LaShonda (Antoine) Franklin; Shanae Jones (Christopher); Michael Jones (Jessica); Sister, Kimberly (Dariea) King; Sister-in-law, Michele Smith; Seven Grandchildren; Mariah, Morgan, Malachi, MaLeah, Marlee, Myles, and Madelyn; Nieces, Faith and Neyonna; Nephews, Coolidge, and Michael; Special childhood friends, Michael Brown of Cincinnati, OH, and Will Jenkins of Columbus, OH; A host of precious Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, and Friends. He left an enduring legacy for all those who loved him and will be cherished by them forever.
Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Unity Temple COGIC, 52 Reeb Ave.

Masks and Social Distancing Mandatory.

Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.

Condolence Messages

  1. My dear friend I miss you already God knows best what a honor to have known you and serving God. Thank you for being a friend and a brother rest in peace . Minister Glenn Aaron

  2. My dear friend I miss you already God knows best what a honor to have known you and serving God. Thank you for being a friend and a brother rest in peace . Praying for your family. Minister Glenn Aaron

    • To the family of Minister Michael Jones we are sending you love and prayers that God comfort you in this time God bless you Minister Glenn and sister Sharon Aaron



  4. To Shirley and Family,
    May God’s presence be with you in a special way during this time of loss. Praying for God’s strength, comfort and peace of mind, knowing that He’s called His Servant Home. . .
    Judie Kelly

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was like a son to me and a co-worker at State Farm Insurance. My prayers are with you and your family

  6. Mike J you were so much more than just a cousin..You were definitely a Dear Friend!! I’m so grateful to God for the Blessings and many memories our Family shared. The checking on each other phone calls & texts I will miss dearly! Love you so much cousin “Take your REST…God picks the BEST”!
    I’m sending Prayers of Comfort to my family… Especially Shirley, the Children, Grands, Kim..
    I Love you All

  7. Dear Shirley and kids,
    The Bodell family is deeply saddened to hear of Mike’s passing at such a young age. I had so many fond, fond memories of our days “trying” to coach Mansfield St. Peter’s girls basketball as at times it was the blind leading the blind with 12 year old girls. We had many laughs along the way and some great evenings out with our Pal Willie and of course our brides. You were a great man…a strong man and a man of great devotion to his family and friends. God has called you home to start yet another journey. We pray for the well-being of your great family and count our blessings that we crossed paths so many years ago. Peace be with you my friend!

  8. To the Jones family, you never know what to say when you lose a friend relative or love one. But I know Mike loved his wife,kids and family and his Pastor and First Lady and his church. But I do know that he preach a great word on 9/20/20 Mens day that open the gates of heaven and he was accepted in with favor. Just know that he is safe in his arms. God bless the family.

  9. Prayers and condolences sent to the family. Mike was a great football player and loved at Aiken High. That beautiful smile and the best personality ever. Rest in Heaven my Brother. You were truly loved!

  10. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I worked with him at State Farm. He always had a smile.

  11. Cousin I’m still in disbelief. I can still here your voice praying. I will always carry you in my heart ❤️ Love you

  12. Dear Cousin,
    I had not seen you in years. I left Ohio so many years ago. I am glad to know you honored God’s call on your life and did the most important thing in life by bringing others and showing everyone the love of our Savior Jesus. Thank you. I also have heard the call and honor you as I follow in your footsteps. May God’s peace and loving arms surround his wife and children, and sister at this time.

  13. To the Jones Family,

    Heartfelt condolences go out to you.
    I worked with Mike for several years at Cardinal. He was always upbeat, kind, and had so much integrity. I will miss him.

  14. Jennifer Szumowicz

    The world has lost such a special person with the passing of Mike. I met and worked with him in late 2019 when he worked at Amber and I worked at CareSource. His passion for helping people was inspirational. He didn’t judge people, he just did what he could to help. He was an outstanding man and I feel blessed to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, please know he did more for this world in his much too short 58 years, than most people would ever even think about doing.

  15. Shirley-

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers…

    May the Lord keep you all in his arms and strengthen you during this trying time…

  16. Shirley, to you and the family.
    I share in your loss. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you during this time. I will always remember Michael. May the Love of God be with you. Love Aunt Hattie.

    Shirley and Family,
    Mike were a good cousin. I will surely miss him dearly. He is at peace with God. I’m sending prayer of comfort to my family. I Love You All❤️

  17. I had the opportunity to work with Mike two different times. He truly cared about other people and was devout in his belief in God and humanity. One of the best people I have known who will be missed.

    Kevin & Jennifer Combs and family

  18. Frank & Janet Ardis

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time!!

    Love Always,

    Frank & Janet Ardis, Allison Ardis (Furbee)

  19. My thoughts and prayers go out to every family and friend of the Jones family during this difficult time. I worked with Mike at Cardinal Health and he was one of a kind, truly one of my favorite people to be around. Always had a smile, a positive outlook, so kind and generous, an amazing person inside and out. He will be greatly missed, he was one of the best.

  20. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mike at State Farm Insurance. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  21. Cousin, you will truly be missed! It was always good seeing you and catching up. Your smile and your spirit always shined. I’m saddened that we didn’t get to see each other this year due to the circumstances of COVID-19. However, I’m grateful for every conversation and moment that we shared.

    Shirley and family, you have my condolences. I’ve been praying for you all, and I pray for peace and strength during these times.

    Kim and family, you have my heart during these times. I’m praying for you, and sending love your way always. God bless you all.

  22. Regina Brown Gilliam

    Cousin the love I feel for you will continue, I have no doubt that you are in a better place and that is with the Lord.

    Kim and family, I am truly sorry for your loss, my prayers are for your good memories , and have them stand out, and help in this time of need. May the Lord shower you with his blessings.

  23. I’m still thinking, when will my cousin/ brother call me. We were so close ! Not a week went by you didnt check in, you always encouraged me to fight. I missed you dearly !! My heart is heavy. You’re gone to a far better place than this. I declared long life on my life. Until we meet again. Gone but never forgotten!!!!

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