The Jones Family and Staff of Jones Funeral Home, Inc. announce the peaceful transition of Mr. Jessie Jones, Jr., 83, a native and resident of Verdunville, LA on Wednesday morning, December 5, 2018 at 4:45 AM.
Visitation will be observed on Wednesday December 12, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM at the St Jules Catholic Church 601 Magnolia Street Franklin, LA 70538. Tributes and Expressions will begin at 10:30 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 11:30 AM, Father Bill Ruskoski will serve as the Celebrant. Entombment with Military Honors will follow mass services in the Mausoleum Section of the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Bayou Sale Rd Hwy 317 Centerville, LA 70522.
In lieu of flowers the Jones Family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the following: TriCity Helping Hearts P. O. Box 1508 Morgan City, Louisiana 70380 or the St. Jules Catholic Church 601 Magnolia Street Franklin, LA 70538 in the name of Mr. Jessie Jones, Jr. Active Bearers of the Casket will be Gillis Carbin, Michael Francois, Lester Levine, Mario Madise, Floyd Polidore, and Aaron Verdun. Honorary Bearers of the Casket will be Leo Green, Quenton B. Jones, John Navy, Willie Vallet, Conley Verdun, Todd Verdun, & Floyd Carbins.
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The Epitome of Jessie Jones. Jr.
April 19, 1935 - December 5, 2018
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
— Martin Luther King
Jessie Jones, Jr. was born on Friday, April 19, 1935 to Margie Turner Jones and Jessie Jones, Sr. He was one of four children born to this union. Jessie Jr., was reared by his grandparents, Reverend Willie and Victoria Gouta on Swan Plantation in Centerville, LA. Jessie was educated in the St. Mary Parish School System and graduated from Willow Street High School in Franklin in 1955. In 1957, he enlisted in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge.
In 1958, Jessie Jr. married the former Janis Joy Verdun and to this union of sixty years, two sons were born, Byron and Andre’.
"I learned the value of hard work by working hard."
Professionally, Jessie Jr., began his employment by working for Cefalu Cleaners in Morgan City as a truck driver. He later began working for Columbian Chemical Company in 1975. While being employed there, he served as one of the first minority Presidents of the local 638 union. He was one of the voices that allowed many to begin their employment with Columbian Chemical. Jessie Jones, Jr., fought hard for workers’ rights, advanced pay, and benefits for its union employees. In 2000, after working 25 years, Jessie retired. In 1977, he invested in the funeral business, and because of that investment today Jones Funeral Home, Inc. still strives to provide unmatched funeral services to families of the St. Mary, Iberia, Terrebonne, LaFourche and Assumption Parishes. He was truly one who enjoyed helping others. Many knew Jessie Jr., as “The Governor,” “Paw,” or just simply “Mr. Jessie.” He was a lover of dressing well and sports, both football and baseball.
“After the clouds, the sunshine, after the winter, the spring, after the shower, the rainbow, for life is a changeable thing. After the night, the morning, bidding all darkness cease, after life's cares and sorrows, the comfort and sweetness of peace.”
On Wednesday morning December 5, 2018, before dawn, Jessie Jones, Jr., transitioned peacefully at 4:45 A.M. to his new home. Awaiting him were those who preceded him in death his parents, Jesse (Vivian Hall-Jones) Jones, Sr., Margie (Albert) Turner-Skipper and two brothers, Clifford Jones and Melvin Jones.
“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”
The life and legacy of Jessie Jones, Jr. will forever be remembered and cherished in the hearts of his wife, Janis V. Jones of Verdunville, LA; their children, Byron K. Jones and his wife Stephanie of Berwick, LA and Andre’ A. Jones of Franklin, LA; his grandchildren, Liltasha Jones Steele and her husband Rollie of Mobile, AL and Quenton B. Jones of Brooklyn, NY; his great grandchildren, Genevieve and Sylvanie Steele; his siblings, Leroy Jones and his wife, Hazel of Aurora, CO, the Reverend Larry Jones, Sr. and his wife Shelia of Verdunville, LA, Lester Jones and his wife Doris of Maurice, LA and Diane Pillette and her husband Ronnie of Lafayette, LA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Donations may be made to:
TriCity Helping Hearts
P. O. Box 1508, Morgan City LA 70380
St. Jules Catholic Church
601 Magnolia Street, Franklin LA 70538