Betty J. Jones (1938 - 2017)

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Betty was born in Raleigh, N.C., to Jake and Lottie Jernigan on Sept. 24, 1938. In 1956, she graduated from J.W. Ligon Jr.-Sr. High School and, in 1968, she graduated from Saint Augustine College with a bachelor's degree in sociology. She also attended Sterling Business College. Betty was an active working member in Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Eagle River Missionary Baptist Church and Disciples of Christ Church, where her husband was Pastor. She served beside him in numerous roles. Her duties consisted of: Vice President of the Womens Mission, Sr. Deaconess, Director of the Angel Choir (which she loved), Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School and serving as a two-term President of the Mother's Christian Fellowship Club. She was a past member of the N.A.A.C.P and National Organization of Colored Women's Club. Betty loved her duties in the church where she received several certificates of appreciation from the auxiliaries she served. As President of the Mother's Christian Fellowship Club, she received the Mother of the Year award and a Gold Pan award another year. Her family knew they had to share her with children and the elderly: she had a great respect for seniors. She was well-known for her love of people, and she was always concerned about how one was doing. Someone once said, "She never met a stranger." She truly loved everyone. Affectionately known as "B.J.," Betty was employed with the Anchorage School District as a Home School Coordinator. She was employed from August 1975 until March 1999, and retired as Mediator for all four high school grades. Betty and John relocated to Georgia, and soon after joined Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, where they continued to serve until illness prevented her from serving. Betty is preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, James Sugar Jernigan and Robert Subby Jernigan. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Rev. John A. Jones; one daughter, Johnnetta (James Currie); two grandchildren, Jazlynn of Georgia and Brandon of North Carolina; one adopted sister, Edna; and three brothers, Jacob (Osie Jernigan) of Dayton, Ohio, Johnny (Agnes Jernigan) of Raleigh and Jesse; a host of nieces and nephews; and a host of special cousins. Services for Mrs. Jones will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Haywood Funeral Home in Raleigh, N.C.
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Haywood Funeral Home
2415 S Wilmington St
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 832-2835
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 27, 2017