Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One


Rev. Shirland Stephen “Steve” Jones, 80, was born on May 3, 1943, to the late Dr. English E. Jones and Mrs. Margaret Sheppard Jones. He departed this life peacefully on Monday, November 13, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Calvary Way Baptist Church with Pastor Jason Chandler, Revs. Mike Cummings and Charles Locklear officiating. Burial will follow in the Jones Family Cemetery.

He is survived by his two sons: Mr. Sean and Mr. Shay; six grandchildren: Daniel, Sara, Aaron, Ian, Shayla and Ella; and five great-grandchildren: Anthony, Nicholas, Olivia, Princeton and Gianna; his sister: Ms. Judy Revels; his brother: Mr. Randall Jones; countless family and friends including the mother of his two sons: Ms. Dolores Jones; his special cousin: Mr. Richard “Buck” Sheppard; and his close friendsMr. Willie Collins and Mr. Jimmy R. Locklear.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Calvary Way Baptist Church.

His education included attending Hopewell, Union and Pembroke Elementary Schools; graduating Pembroke High School (1961); Pembroke State College, B.S. Science (1964); and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity (1984).

He began his career in the classroom as a high school biology teacher in 1964 before being called to the ministry in 1976. After spending most of his adult life known as “Preacher Steve,” he later returned to the classroom to finish his teaching career. Over the course of his life, he taught 20 years in NC Public Schools and served as a Southern Baptist minister for over 20 years, including fulltime pastor at Harper’s Ferry Baptist Church and the founding pastor at Calvary Way Baptist Church in Pembroke, NC. More recently, he was also a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Laurinburg, NC. Dedicated to a life of community service, he was a Pembroke Jaycee President and active member of the Baptist State Convention. When he wasn’t teaching, preaching, or spending time with his family, he could usually be found on the golf course…sharing his testimony.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Rev. Steve Jones to the Dr. English E. Jones Scholarship at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke online at When making your gift online please select the designation of “Other”, check “Tribute Gift”, and type “Dr. English E. Jones Scholarship” in the comment section. You can make a gift by mail, made payable to “UNCP Foundation” and Dr. English E. Jones Scholarship” listed in the memo. Mail to: UNCP Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372.


  • Debbie Hammonds Posted November 16, 2023 7:46 pm

    My Condolence to the family. Former Student Class of 77.

  • margelet jones Posted November 16, 2023 8:27 pm

    Preacher Steve was the Best. He will be hugely missed. He and Dad (Mr. Wiley Jones) along with his parents Dr. English and Ms. Margaret along with lots of others from Harpers Ferry Baptist church as well as Calvary Way are up there in Heaven rejoicing. I am sure Dad said, “Brother Steve, what took you so long,”? Rest in Peace Preacher Steve.
    Margelet Jones

  • Brenda Hunt Storms Posted November 17, 2023 4:25 am

    I have so many wonderful memories of this precious gentleman! He was an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING biology teacher at Pembroke Senior High School (class of 1977….he was our “Mr. Steve”) and he was a DEEPLY DEDICATED and INCREDIBLY INSPIRING pastor (the community/region/state’s own “Preacher Steve”!)
    Senora Dolores, his sons, his grandchildren, his brother, his sister and his entire family members, are all in my thoughts and prayers! Until we are all together again in our eternal Home with our Lord and Savior, rest in peace,
    -Respectfully submitted,
    Brenda Hunt Storms

  • Elzetter Norris Posted November 17, 2023 6:06 pm

    My sincerest condolences Ms. Dolores and to all loved ones 🙏

  • Rachel “Doris” Cummings Posted November 19, 2023 2:11 am

    My Sympathy to the family of Steve Jones. May God bring you peace & comfort.

  • Sheriff Burnis Wilkins & Staff Posted November 22, 2023 2:58 pm

    I express my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rev. Steve Jones. May God give you comfort and peace to help ease the pain of your loss.

  • Kathryn Ransom Posted December 5, 2023 9:52 pm

    Preacher/ Pastor “ Mr.” Steve ! He will be missed as a neighbor, friend, Preacher and teacher. I, along with many others, took his class(s) at what was ten known as Pembroke Sr. High. He was an amazingly knowledgeable teacher. He was a very well known preacher too and he came from a very fine family in the Union Elementary area. My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Dolores, Sean and Shay and families.

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