A native of Starkville, Mr. Jones lived near Monrovia, Liberia from 1975-1980 while working as a missionary with the National Baptist Convention, under the Foreign Mission Board. While in Liberia, he collaborated with African businesses and organizations to provide residents of remote villages with access to medical care, power, and clean water. He also oversaw the construction of the Jack Webb Chapel, which was designed by an American architect and constructed by a Nigerian firm. While serving in this capacity, Jones used his camera to record his surroundings, including landscapes and scenes from village life. Jones donated digital copies of the pictures to MSU Special Collections in 2021.