JONES, Ava Phenice

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Last Name
 
JONES
Given Names
 
Ava Phenice
AKA's
 
Brown, Ava Phenice
Cobb, Ava Phenice
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
8/6/1951
Age at Death
 
27
Place of Birth
 
Indianapolis, Indiana
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Female
Religion
 
Family Tree
  Cobb Family Tree
Birth Mother
 
Christine Cobb aka Elois Christine Young, Elois Christine Cobb
Birth Father
 
Jim Cobb, Sr.; Guy Young (stepfather)
Siblings
 
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
Partner
 
John Moss Brown Jones, aka Johnny Moss Brown
Children
 
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
 
Source of Death Information
 
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
 
6/17/1977
Residence (US)
 
San Francisco, California
Residence (JT)
 
Radio
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Planning Commission; Radio room (FBI document 89-4286-1207); Judicial council. Education & Housing officer (chair) (Jonestown photo, 7/12/1978)
Government Income
 
Discrepancies
 
Remembrances
 
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