Remembering the life of Johnnie A. Jones Sr. and the legacy he leaves behind
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Loved ones said Johnnie A. Jones Sr. lived a life of purpose, excellence, and action.
“He was not afraid,” said his cousin, Evangelist Patricia Gail. “He had no fear.”
Gail said he fought for righteousness and unity. She described him as genuine, real, authentic, and straightforward.
Family, friends, and community members met at Mount Zion First Baptist Church on Monday, May 2, to remember the World War II veteran who made 102 trips around the sun.
John A. Jones Jr., his first cousin, said he was a driving force for civil rights in this country.
“There’s no doubt my cousin was a legend in this part of the country and should be through the United States,” said John A. Jones Jr.
Jones led a Civil Rights movement in Baton Rouge and helped organize a bus boycott in the Capital City, which led to the Montgomery bus boycott.
He took on several Civil Rights cases in his career and advocated for equality under the law.
“He was honest and fair in a lot of ways. He didn’t take sides,” added Gail.
Johnnie A. Jones Sr. also served a term in the Louisiana House of Representatives. US Sen. Bill Cassidy presented a Purple Heart to Jones last year for his service during the D-Day invasion. He risked everything when he nearly died fighting for our country.
His nephew, George E. Jones Jr., said he loved his country and wants people to remember him by his fairness, his equalness, and how to treat people.
“One of the things that touched me he said, ‘Pat, all I wanted was for people to have unity, to get along, to not be judgmental,” explained Gail.
Jones was also the first student to graduate from the Southern University Law Center after it had been accredited in 1953.
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