Olivia Rives Jones


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Please pause with us to remember Olivia Jones, a wonderful woman of God. She has been an inspiration to many of us, and we will miss her deeply.


Olivia Rives Jones, 72, of Selma, AL, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on December 23, 2020. Olivia was born July 30, 1948, in Selma, AL, and graduated from A.G. Parrish High School in 1966.

Olivia received her B.S. in Social Work in 1969 and Masters in Psychiatric Social Work in 1971 from the University of Alabama. While at the University of Alabama, she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and numerous honor societies.

She worked for several years at Spain Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham,  Alabama. She was instrumental in getting the State of Alabama to begin issuing handicap decals, and handicap sensitive policies throughout the state. Upon her move to Selma, she worked at the Selma-Dallas County Mental Health Department and established the first transitional mental health home. She devoted her life to Christian counseling, volunteering her time to help people from all walks of life as she was a polio survivor and overcomer herself. Besides her daily counseling, she helped start the Lazarus retreats, an inner healing ministry, that attracted people from all over the world. Jesus was the true love of her life, and she passionately impacted countless others with the truth that Christ was able to supernaturally heal the most broken soul.

Olivia was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Woodruff Rives and brother-in-law, James Tillman Jones. She is survived by her husband, Charles William Jones, two sons, Woodruff Rives Jones (Kristen) and Charles Luke Jones (Samantha) and one sister, Amelia Rives Jones (Bill). Grandchildren, William Foster Jones, Jude Thomas Jones, Oliver Woodruff Jones, Winston Moses Jones, Joseph Solomon Jones. Sisters-in-law Charlotte Jones, Selma, AL, and Jackie Whiddon (Gary) of Fairhope, AL. Nieces, Pamela Jones Cain, Boerne, TX., Angela Jones Williard, Selma, AL, Christina Jones Marques, Enterprise, Al., and Olivia Jones Whiddon, Chelsea, AL. and a host of other nieces and nephews.

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