Ms. Catherine J. Young was born to the Late Mr. Curtis Jones, Sr. and the Late Mrs. Zula McGhee Jones on October 8, 1944. She was the fourth child of seven to be born of this union.
She lived in the Abbeville/Oxford community the bulk of her life. As a young girl she attended school only for a short time because her father was a sharecropper. However, that never stopped Catherine or “Cat” as she was so affectionately known. She instilled in her children and grandchildren that education was important.
She joined Providence United Methodist Church (Abbeville, MS) at a young age and professed a hope in Christ. She recently joined Greater New Salem Missionary Baptist Church (Abbeville, MS) under the leadership of Rev. Rodney D. Dean, Sr., who she calls “Son.”
Ms. “Cat” was employed at the University of Mississippi in the housing department as a custodian for more than 20+ years. She enjoyed her job and “girls.” She also took great pleasure in decorating her house turning it into her home. Her favorite holiday was Thanksgiving. She believed that was a time for family to gather and commune with one another. Christ was her strength. Battling colon cancer four times she knew Him to be a Master Healer. She spoke to her illness with God’s Word and moved ONLY at His command. What a PRAYER WARRIOR!!! On May 19, 2023 she answered her call to “Come home!”
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, a sister; Maggie Mae Bowie, two brothers; Curtis Jones and Charles Jones, and a lifelong companion; Clarence Barr. She is survived by her three daughters; Stella (Willie) Lewis, Valerie Young, and Amanda Young (Courtney “Sleepy”), eight grandchildren; Min. Chris Jones, Quincy (Monica) Jones, Kareem Jones, Imrie (Marcus) McGaughy, Shamiah Mathis, Deontae, Jones, Azariah Jones, and D'Nyasha Jones, fourteen great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren, a brother Frank (Joetta) Jones, two sisters, Minnie (James) Blake and Bernice Jones; and a host of nieces and nephews.