Church Says Arlie Jones Was a Man of Faith

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

West Texans have been mourning the loss of corporals Scott Gardner and Arlie Jones. And we wanted to know a little more about these men killed in the line of duty. Monday, NewsWest 9 learned just how active one of those men, Arlie Jones, was at his local church.

"Anytime you talk with him, he made it very clear that he saw what he did as something as serving people, and trying to help people," said Al Workman, the Executive Pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Odessa.

That's how Workman describes Corporal Arlie Jones. Workman said the entire Church where Jones and his wife attend was shaken to hear about his death in Saturday's standoff.

"We're hoping that the healing process for this community can be rooted in the faith of its people," explained Workman.

And faith is exactly what Workman said Jones had a lot of.

"And so he was a man of prayer and to anyone that is in the gospel ministry, that is a great asset in a person's life, that they are a praying person," said Workman.

As the flags fly at half mast Monday, members of the Temple Baptist church celebrate the life of Arlie Jones. But there, it's not just about blessing his life, but about blessing the lives of all law enforcement officials.

"Even Sunday, we had all of our law enforcement people come to the front and we prayed for them. And tears were in there eyes, tears were in our eyes. Over the loss that we have suffered as a community, and as a church," explained Workman.

But as Workman showed us where Jones sat every Sunday for service as well as a prayer breakfast area he attended every Saturday, he said hearing Jones testimony in the prayer breakfast room gave a good indication of just how deeply rooted Jones was in scripture. And Workman adds that scripture is a great place to turn in these times of remembrance.

"I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again. And receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also," quoted Workman. "So those words of comfort, as expressed in the scripture, gives us great hope, about Arlie and Scott, and where they are, and where someday we hope to be."

NewsWest 9 also talked with the Pastor of Second Baptist Church, where Scott Gardner and his family attend Church. At this time, they said they would like to keep their thoughts about Gardner private. Members of the Odessa community said their support, concerns, and prayers will remain with them.