JONES, Forrest Ray

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Last Name
Given Names
Forrest Ray
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Monticello, Kentucky
Family Tree
  Lynetta Jones Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Agnes Pauline Jones
James Arthur (Jimbo) Bishop Jones; Michael Ray Jones; Stephanie Jones aka Stephanie Lynn Bishop; (nephews) William Dillon Dean Jones; Chaeoke Warren Jones; (nieces) Stephanie Brown aka Stefanie Jamelle Morgan; Monyelle Maylene Jones; Marchelle Jacole Jones
Non-Temple Relatives
Edith Jones (mother); Forrest V. Jones, Sandra Jones (children); Judy McCreary (cousin)
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Remains claimed by next of kin; burial location unknown
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
Ukiah, California
Residence (JT)
Cottage 24
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
Plumber (RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-26o); Garment cutter, refrigeration, appliance repair, carpentry, farm work, livestock, machine operstor, assembly line work, plumbing (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1fffff)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Construction and Transportation—Refrigeration (RYMUR 89-4286-C-7-h-4a); Refrigeration & Small Appliances (Supervisor) (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1ddddd)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Government Income
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78) says birthdate is 12/26/1926; passport DOB above
“Hello, my name is Sandra Jones, and Forrest Jones is my father. I think of you often and wish you were still here with us. We miss and love him very much. May GOD hold you tight. I have a couple of things i would like to ask. first do you know how i can get my Fathers belongings. we have never recieved anything personal of his ,pictures,class ring,cloths , nothing. Thank you, Sandra Jones ray Jones was my dad” - Sandra Lynne Jones


“I have no direct family ties to this man. However I live in his town of birth. From what I was told by a relative of the man's parents who were told to me to be Odie and Edith Jones both of whom are dead now and lived long lives. It is a town tale that many reporters showed up to ask Odie and Edith questions about their son and his connection to the Jonestown situation, however from what was told they denied any access. I would just like to know more of this man and his family and if the tale is true. I feel for these people I dont understand how someone can put their life to an end because of the control or belief they have in someone and their faith. ” -

“My name is Forrest V Jones and yes I miss my dad so much. My life was changed by what happen as my sisters. Pam and Sandy also. My dad was a man that loved all people. My dad was a humble man. Slow to anger. I am about the same age that my dad was when his life was taken from him. four months before he was taken I was with my dad in Indianapolis and told him how much I loved him. His eyes filled with tears told me he would send for me. I remember standing up in church telling Jim Jones he was a fake. As he clamed to heal someone that day. I thank God for the power to proclaim the truth of Jesus and why he came to earth and gave up his life for all that will turn to him. My dad is in Heaven now. My dad was led astray. The seed had already taken root. That is why my dad was there. He wanted to know more. My dad was covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. And I will see him again in Heaven. Some days I am overwhelmed with grief and at times I wish I had been there to. All I have of my dad�s is two wood crosses he made in grade school. Remembering all things work together for those who are called. ” - Forrest V Jones

“I still miss my Dad so much, to day as I try to remember some things we did together as I was growing up,and I can't because he was with the group that died in Jonestown and not where he should have been. I don't even know if he is really dead at all. If you are out there please let me know somehow. I forgive you Dad. I Love you Dad. ” - Forrest V Jones