of Little Rock, AR
August 13, 1940 - July 12, 2021
Cleveland M. Jones passed from this life to his heavenly eternal home on July 12, 2021. He was born August 13, 1940 in Batesville, AR to Hadley and Doris Jones. He attended the University of Arkansas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. After college, he joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in February 1962. As he climbed the corporate ladder, he was transferred to St. Louis, Tulsa, Dallas, and back to St. Louis. From there he transferred to New York at AT&T and then transferred back to St. Louis in 1976. With each move, he found a church home and became very active on different committees. He belonged to Central Avenue Methodist in Batesville, Central Methodist of Fayetteville, Pulaski Heights UMC in Little Rock, St Andrews UMC in Florisant, MO, Lake Highlands UMC in Dallas, Manchester UMC in St. Louis, New Providence UMC in New Providence, New Jersey, and St. James UMC in Little Rock. He served on various committees with each church he attended. He served on a steering committee to raise $7million for a new building at Manchester UMC. At St James, he served on the Board of Stewards, the Director of Evangelism, taught Sunday school, and was president of The New Challenges Class. Cleve also served on the Endowment Committee and on the Policy Committee; and, was a coach on "Connected in Christ" program. He was a lay leader at St. James.Cleve served as a member of the institutional Review Board of the U of A Medical Sciences. He formerly was a Board member and President of the Avignon Court POA, past President and board member of the Downtown Little Rock Kiwanis Club and past President and Board member of World Services for the Blind, both the operational and Foundation Boards. He was a fund raiser for both the Kiwanis Club and World Services for the BlindCleve served on non-profits in St. Louis which included Board memberships in American Red Cross, Life Crisis Services, Care and Counseling Services, Boy Scouts, Arts and Education Council, and Washington University Information Technology Committee. He served as Chairman of the Information Committee of the United Way in St. LouisIn addition to his Bachelor degree, Cleve later completed an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan. He also attended Wye Institute for a Cultural Education program in Maryland. He was a graduate of the United Telephone Association Business Case Analysis and Techniques Course. He served for three years as Chairman of the Information Management Committee of the United States Telephone Association. He served in a lead role for the Information System department of a large telephone company in the divestiture of SWB from AT&T. He was instrumental in developing a new line of business - Billing and Collections for long distance service for Interexchange Carriers which produced over $400 million annually in new revenues. He served as a member of the AT&T Billing Services Steering Committee for four years. He also served as a member of the Billcare Information System Steering for two years.Additional positions at SWB Telephone Company included Director of Internal Auditing, AVP of Functional Accounting where he was responsible for directing a major project to implement a new accounting system throughout the SWBT Company with an annual budget of over $20million, and AVP of System Development for the company which had an annual budget of $46million and over 900 employees.After retiring from SWBT Co. in 1992, Cleve accepted a Vice President of Marketing and Sales position with AMDOCS in which he traveled internationally.He resigned in 1996 to move back to Little Rock to assist family. Later, he joined Engle Consulting Group as a Vice President and consulted with telecom and other major clients about large information system projects. He was founder and co-owner of Revenue Assurance Services Corporation. He also served as an expert witness in a major lawsuit for a client in Washington DC.Cleve loved his family dearly. Even with a busy career, he always made time for his family and their activities. He often mentioned that the trip the family took to Europe when Missy graduated from college at Kansas University and Greg graduated from high school was a very favorite memory. Cleve was married to his wife, Susie, for over 56 years. She was his best friend and they loved doing things together. Later in life they enjoyed traveling and took over 70 cruises. Some of the trips they made included most of the USA, including Alaska and Hawaii, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada, many European countries, Baltic countries, Scandinavian countries, Middle Eastern countries, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Central America, and South America.Cleve was so proud of his children and grandchildren. His daughter, Melissa Phillips (Bryan) lives in Nashville, TN with granddaughter, Faith (17). His son, Greg Jones (Kristen), lives in Frisco, Texas with grandsons, Ethan (19) and Ryan (16).Cleve was preceded in death by his parents Hadley and Doris Jones, his brother, Wray Jones and his sister, Jan Hill.Cleve has been blessed with a large extended family, many, many friends, especially in the New Challenges Sunday School Class, as well as, the Kiwanis Club and World Services for the Blind.Losing the love of your life is a wake-up call, a chance to assess where we've been and where we are heading. Sometimes it's a source of comfort as we discover the wisdom in another's life. Learning how they used the gifts the Lord gave them their time, their talents, their money, and their hearts, can change us. We want to live as Jesus did - sharing all, sparing nothing. That is how Cleve lived!
Susie, Missy and Greg- I was so sorry to hear of Cleves passing. He was always one of the nicest and kindest men I have ever known. I will always cherish memories with him and his laugh. I am sending you all peace and the comfort only God can bring in times like these. You are in my heart
Cleve was a wonderful friend, co~worker, Board Member and a big part of the Tuesday morning coffee group. What great memories we have of an outstanding man. Our prayers to Susie and all the family.
I am so sorry to hear about Cleve. 56 years with your best friend, it's a blessing and your comfort. Our families were so intertwined, I know my mother loved you like a daughter. I only feel love and joy when I think of how much your family meant to me. May God bless you, make His face shine on you, be gracious to you and give you peace....
Susie so sad to hear this news. Praying for you and family during this time. Loved visiting with you and Cleve in Batesville at the high school reunions.
Susie and family,We are very sad to learn of Cleve’s passing. We first met in St Louis as members of the Razorback Alumni group and then renewed our friendship at St James UMC. Cleve was one of our favorite guys! We know he’s with Jesus and we’ll see him again!
My most sincere condolences to the family of Cleve Jones. My prayers for Susie and family members.
Cleve was a wonderful and welcoming person. Our prayers go out to Susie and his family at this sad time.
Loved working with Cleve in the Pfeifer Camp office. And especially enjoyed working with him when he led the Kiwanis Club Campership Fundraising Drive. He was always upbeat and encouraging! He will be missed. Prayers of Comfort for you all...
Cleve was a wonderful person A true joy to know So very smart we enjoyed every time we had with Cleve and Susie
I am truly saddened by the passing of Cleve. I got to know him through the Downtown Little Rock Kiwanis Club. He was such a great man. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Cleve was a friend to all with a heart of gold. Everyone was a better person in Cleve’s presence. You will be missed.
God be with you Susie