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Rev. Irving Jones, who lived and pastored for over 25 years in the Derry, Londonderry and Manchester area, died on January the 10th at Ranchwood Nursing Center in Yukon, Okla. He was 96.

After retiring to Florida in the early 1990s, Jones and his wife, Carol, relocated to Bethany, Oklahoma to live near her sister in 2004. Shortly after their arrival, Carol passed away and for the next 15 years, he remained there in the Southern Plaza Retirement Home.

Rev. Jones was of sound health until he suffered a series of falls over the last year. His daughter, Lauri, was present when he passed away, shortly after visits from other close family members, including his two sons, Lawrence and Stanley.

Irving served in churches throughout New Hampshire: St. Luke’s Methodist in Derry, Londonderry United Methodist, and Suncook United Methodist. After Rev. Jones retired from the Methodist church, he continued to pastor for seven years at the First Presbyterian Church in Manchester.

In 1972, Rev. Jones traveled to Washington D.C., lobbying for funds for the construction of an 80-unit retirement home to serve the communities of Londonderry and Derry, New Hampshire. The non-profit, Nutfield Heights Senior Citizen Center, continues in use.

Rev. Irving Jones is succeeded by his three children, Lawrence (Chicago, Illinois), Stanley (Beaverton, Oregon), and Lauri [Pastrone], (Los Gatos, Calif.) and grandchildren, Tara, Emily, Philip, Brian, Alexander, Grace, Giovanna, and Nicolo.

Private graveside services were held in the Glenwood Cemetery, Londonderry. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Derry and Londonderry is assisting the family. To send a condolence please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 21, 2016
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