Beneth Peters Jones

July 19, 1937February 2, 2019

Beneth Peters Jones, born July 19, 1937, in Albany, Oregon, passed from her earthly home on the campus of Bob Jones University where her life was lived since graduating in 1959, to her Heavenly home February 2, 2019.

Her life was given in ministry to her husband and family and to Christian education which included traveling the world for the edification of Christian women as a speaker at church conferences and at couples retreats conducted with her husband. By virtue of her role as “first lady” of Bob Jones University, her life took on a public role that included not only speaking but also, in what she felt most natural, writing. She was the author of twelve popular books for women. Writing and acting were her passions. Her leading roles in Christian film, Shakespeare, and drama were numerous and acclaimed, but she was most fulfilled in her quiet, behind-the-scenes ministry of counseling, of writing notes to those needing comfort and encouragement, and of prayer.

Her gifts were from God and given back into the hands of her Heavenly Father for His purposes and glory. Her life was not spent, but invested for the gospel of Jesus Christ Who was all in all to her. She faithfully and fervently loved her husband and family, her friends and colleagues; but she loved her Savior most of all.

She was predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Peters; a sister, Mrs. Dacia Melcher; and an infant son. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Bob Jones III of Greenville; a daughter Roxane (Dean) Robinson of Greer; two sons, Bob Jones IV of Washington, DC, and Stephen (Erin) Jones of Greenville; grandchildren, Joshua (Krista) Robinson of Altoona, Iowa; Emily (Brant) Bullister of Greenville; Edward (Christa) Robinson of Greer; and Katherine, Christian, and Campbell Jones of Greenville; 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Arden (Nancy) Peters of Chandler, Arizona; and a sister, Pat (Dwight) Bergstrom of Quincy, Washington.

Viewing will be held Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. in War Memorial Chapel on the Bob Jones University campus at 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greenville, SC 29614.

Memorial service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus. Interment will immediately follow the service at the Rodeheaver Auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to either the Bob Jones University Timothy Fund Scholarship, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, or Gospel Fellowship Association’s Cameroon Church Building Project, 1809 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 110, Greenville, SC 29609.

Arrangements under the direction of Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive, Greenville, SC.


  • Dr. Bob Jones III, Husband
  • Roxane Robinson, Daughter
  • Dean Robinson, Son-in-law
  • Bob Jones IV, Son
  • Stephen Jones, Son
  • Erin Jones, Daughter-in-law
  • Joshua Robinson (Krista), Grandchild
  • Emily Bullister (Brant), Grandchild
  • Edward Robinson (Christa), Grandchild
  • Katherine Jones, Grandchild
  • Christian Jones, Grandchild
  • Campbell Jones, Grandchild
  • Arden Peters (Nancy), Brother
  • Pat Bergstrom (Dwight), Sister
  • 5 great-grandchildren

  • Bob Jones University Timothy Fund Scholarship
  • Gospel Fellowship Association’s Cameroon Church Building Project


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Beneth Peters Jones

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