JONES, Ava Phenice

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Last Name
Given Names
Ava Phenice
Brown, Ava Phenice
Cobb, Ava Phenice
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Indianapolis, Indiana
Family Tree
  Cobb Family Tree
Birth Mother
Christine Cobb aka Elois Christine Young, Elois Christine Cobb
Birth Father
Jim Cobb, Sr.; Guy Young (stepfather)
James Cobb, Jr.; Teresa Ann Cobb; Brenda Carole Cobb, Joel Raymond Cobb, Johnny Cobb aka John Raphael Cobb, John Cobb Jones; Sandra (Sandy) Yvette Cobb Jones, aka Sandra (Sandy) Yvette Cobb; Ramona (Mona) Lamothe Young aka Ramona Lamothe, Mona Cobb
John Moss Brown Jones, aka Johnny Moss Brown
Stephanie Brown aka Stefanie Jamelle Morgan; Marchelle Jacole Jones; (nephews) William Dillon Dean Jones; James Arthur (Jimbo) Bishop Jones; Michael Ray Jones; Chaeoke Warren Jones; Marshawn Cobb (nieces) Stephanie Jones aka Stephanie Lynn Bishop; Monyelle Maylene Jones
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA
Source of Death Information
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
San Francisco, California
Residence (JT)
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
Administrator, youth counselor, foster parent (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1ddd)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Administration Coordinator; Council (RYMUR 89-4286-C-7-h-4b); Education, Housing & Population ACAO (RYMUR 89-4286-X-4-l-3b); Typist & Secretarial (RYMUR 89-4286-X-4-l-4d); Counseling (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1eee); Pre-School Program(RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1ggg)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Planning Commission; radio room (FBI document 89-4286-1207); Judicial council. Education & Housing officer (chair) (Jonestown photo, 7/12/1978)
Government Income
My Friend Ava ” - Vera Washington

“I believe that if Jim Jones had died or resigned from leadership, the popular choice to succeed him would have been Ava Jones and her companion, Johnny Brown Jones, 28. Ava was the oldest daughter of Christine Cobb Young, 50, and seemed born to lead, with a talent for bringing out the best in those around her. Ava's bedroom, on the second floor, northeast corner of the SF Temple, had 6 bunkbeds along one wall for Ava and those who shared her room. It housed her and a number of her younger siblings, and at some point, a child named Stephanie Morgan, given to Ava by her mother, a stranger who approached her as she stood on the Temple steps and asked her to take her baby. Stephanie's mother must have known on seeing Ava that her child would be in good hands. Ava's last gift to Stephanie was to send her into Georgetown with Ava's brother John Cobb and the basketball team when it left for the championship game, on the eve of Congressman Ryan's visit. Stephanie survived. ” - Kathryn (Tropp) Barbour

Johnny Moss Brown Jones: A Presence and a Partner” - Don Beck