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Ollie Calloway Jones

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 12, 2021 @ 8:38 am In Obituaries | 14 Comments

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Ollie Calloway Jones, 79, passed away after a long-term illness on Monday, October 11, 2021. Born and raised in Gadsden, AL; Ollie was the daughter of the late William Calloway and Ruby (Howard) Calloway. She was preceded in death by her husband Willie “Clyde” Claude Jones and her brothers Garfield Calloway and Willie James Calloway.

In 1959, Ollie graduated from Carver High School in Gadsden, AL. She matriculated at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL where she received a teacher’s certification in Elementary Education. She obtained a Master’s degree in School Administration from Jacksonville State University and later went on to pursue an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Recognized as an “Outstanding Science Teacher”, Ollie spent a number of years teaching Science and other general subjects at St. Martin DePorres Catholic School in Gadsden, AL, Holy Family School in Huntsville, AL and Mountain Gap Elementary in Huntsville, AL. Later, Ollie became a principal at Mountview Elementary in Huntsville, AL. She continued her career in education as a principal at Carter and MacRae Elementary School in Lancaster, PA.

After approximately 40 years of service in education, Ollie decided to retire and focus on traveling with her husband to casinos throughout the northeast, tending to the hydrangeas in her garden, spending time with her grandchildren, engaging in grand debates about any topic and staying current on educational and political trends or issues.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the discretion of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ollie’s memory to “Ollie’s Closet” at Saint James Episcopal  Church: https://www.saintjameslancaster.org/giving-serving/in-the-community/ollies-closet/

DeBord Snyder Funeral Home, 141 East Orange Street, Lancaster, PA is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Visit their website www.DeBordSnyder.com  to offer condolences.

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Condolence from Idalia and Ruben Valentin on October 12th, 2021 11:10 am

Our sincerest condolences to the Jones family. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. May God give you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow. May she Rest In Peace

The Valentín Family

Condolence from Robert and Amy Slamp on October 12th, 2021 12:32 pm

Our sincere condolences to the families of both Ollie and Willy Clyde. We have so many great memories of her as a friend, colleague, and mentor. May she Rest In Peace knowing that she had such a positive impact on so many.

Bob and Amy Slamp

Condolence from Tamara Newton Weaver on October 12th, 2021 12:51 pm

Dr. Jones was an amazing educator who strove for excellence. I was honored to work for her many years ago. Her son and daughter-in-law are amazing people who rose to the challenge of caring for her personally and gave their sons a wonderful chance to be with her.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Condolence from Emily and Nathan Frank on October 12th, 2021 3:09 pm

Love and prayers to the Jones family regarding this huge loss. I have heard so many wonderful things about Dr. Jones over the years. May the great and wonderful impact of her life bring some solace to you all during this time of mourning.

Condolence from Ross Fairweather on October 13th, 2021 1:26 pm

Ollie Jones had a huge influence on my life, providing direction for me as I entered retirement and searched for my new purpose in life. She helped me understand conditions facing those less fortunate and got me started in serving the needs of those who are in poverty.

To her family: We are praying for her and all of you. God bless her soul.

Condolence from Bobby Wilson on October 13th, 2021 5:18 pm

My condolences to the Jones family in the loss of a well loved person. Ollie was recognized as a real sweetheart at Carver High in Gadsden, AL in the 1950’s. As a student at Carver and 1960 graduate we all envied her. May the family be joyful and blessed with the favor of God during their time of sorrow; in the name of Jesus.

Condolence from Margie & Joyce Rawls on October 14th, 2021 10:35 am

Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you always.

Condolence from Kathy Stevens on October 14th, 2021 7:24 pm

My condolences to you and your family. Dr.Jones inspired me to be a better teacher and person.

Condolence from Karen Tillett on October 14th, 2021 8:56 pm

Rest in peace my friend. My prayers are with you. Condolences to your loved ones.

Condolence from Timothy Madden on October 15th, 2021 9:46 am

Job well done, I am a resident of Gadsden Alabama and never knew a Gadsden resident that so positively impacted the lives of young people. Rest from your labors, your work will not be forgotten!

Condolence from Saratha Goggins on October 16th, 2021 11:14 am

Keeping the family lifted up in prayer….

Condolence from Otis W. Isom on October 16th, 2021 12:16 pm

My condolences to the family. Nip

Condolence from JEAN K BYERS on October 17th, 2021 11:53 am

Dr. Jones has had a lasting influence on so many young people in Lancaster as principal of Carter/MacCrae Elementary School. As a tutor at he school in the early 2000’s, I came to know and love her as a person who had so much wisdom to share regarding the needs of the children at her school.

Peace and blessings to her family and friends.

Condolence from Suzanne Donato on October 23rd, 2021 4:30 pm

Antonio, Kathy, and I would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family of Ollie. Words cannot describe how we feel about the loss of this dear friend. For the past couple of weeks, I just keep remembering all the events that occurred in the years we have been blessed with knowing her. She will be sadly missed.
Love to the family,
Suzanne Donato, Antonio Crespo, and Kathleen Houck

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