Reverend Marion Jones was born May 23, 1918, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and raised in Greensboro. He graduated from Dudley High School in 1937 and then worked for the Merchants and Manufacturers Club until 1970, when he began attending Livingstone College in Salisbury. Jones simultaneously worked for the American Insurance Company until his graduation in 1975. He went on to receive a degree from Hood Theological Seminary in 1978 and a doctor of divinity degree from Drew University.
After receiving his theological training, Rev. Jones was pastor at an African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Ellerbe, North Carolina, and later First Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro. During the 1960s, he took an active role in supporting and advising the students involved in the civil rights movement in Greensboro. His house was often used as a meeting place for Congress of Racial Equality [CORE] meetings, and he maintained communication with the national CORE office. Jones was a participant in the various pickets and protests in Greensboro and High Point, a member of the Ministerial Alliance, and present at the August 1963 March on Washington. Jones had three children who also participated in the local civil rights movement: Betty, Marian, and Sarah Jones Outterbridge.
Jones later returned to Hood Theological Seminary as a member of the faculty, retiring in 1998. He retired from the ministry in 2000 at St. Johns A.M.E. Zion Church in Fayetteville. Rev. Jones died in Raleigh on August 3, 2001.