Edith Savoy was born on December 24, 1933, in the District of
Columbia born to parents William and Maude Savoy. She was the
thirteenth child of fifteen children. All the children had nicknames;
Edith’s was “Mickey Mouse”. With a smile on her face and
anticipation to be with the Lord she departed this life on August
20, 2021, at 5:44 a.m.
Edith attended Mt. Nebo Elementary School, Lincoln
Jr. High and graduated from Fredrick Douglass High.
While in school she found her calling as a caregiver.
At the age of sixteen she cared for her first patient.
The woman was an elderly woman who had a stroke.
Prior to school she would care for her and after school she would feed, clean, and get her ready
for bed. She found that she loved caring for the sick.
Edith grew up surrounded by a very spiritual and loving family. She sang with the Mt. Nebo
singers in the early years and served as an usher at the church. Her mom, Maude Brown (Big
Mama) was a deaconess in the AME Church. Other members of her family are in Music Ministry
with the Mt. Nebo Gospel Singers. Edith married Dwayne H. Jones, Sr. (deceased) in 1957. Born
from that union was what she considered her greatest accomplishments, seven children, two of
which are deceased, Valerie and Dwayne H. Jones, Jr. After the children were all in school, she
went to work at Woolworth Stores. She traveled to many states and overseas. While in Okinawa,
Japan she became a Charter Member of the Friendship Baptist Church where the Rev. J.B. Moore
is Founder and Pastor. She served as Secretary, Pastor’s Aid, Treasurer of Missionary Society,
and President of the Senior Choir. After returning home in 1987 she returned to Mt. Nebo, and
soon thereafter joined Refuge Church Ministries l where she is a Senior Member.
Edith leaves to cherish her memory: her devoted children Sharon D. Stewart, Kevin A. Jones,
Carl B. Jones, Demetra H. McMillian, and Stephanie J. Jones. Daughters-in-Law Raynette and
Marilyn Jones. Son-in-Law Barry McMillian. Thirteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-
grandchildren. Also left to celebrate her life are three siblings: brother Walter Savoy, sisters
Daisy Stith and Winnie Parker; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many beloved
friends too numerous to mention.
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