Memorial services for Mr. Onzie L. Jones, Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Starlight Baptist Church, 1609 Hwy 139, Swartz, with the Rev. Rory Bedford officiating. A one-hour visitation will start at 10 a.m. with the memorial service immediately following. Interment will follow at Faith Memorial Cemetery in Gibsland under the direction of McFarland Funeral Home.
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Mr. Jones was born July 28, 1936 in Mer Rouge to Mary Jones and the late David Jones and entered eternal rest on April 8, 2011. He attended school in Morehouse Parish graduating from Morehouse High School in 1952. After attending Southern University in Baton Rouge for two years, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country in the U.S. and abroad and subsequently received an honorable discharge. In 1962, he united in holy matrimony with his beloved wife Merlene Crawley Jones. To this union, three sons were added-Reginald Elton, Onzie Jr. and Kendal Mario.
Following his military service, he enrolled in Grambling State University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education in 1966. He later acquired a Master's of Education degree from Northeast University of Monroe. His thirst for knowledge led to further studies at Jackson State University, Howard University and the University of California at Berkley.
He started his career as an educator that would span more than three decades including 21 years in Morehouse Parish Schools and 15 years in the Texas Schools System. He was a member of numerous organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and multiple Morehouse Parish Civic and Social Clubs. He touched thousands of lives of young people both teaching and working tirelessly as sponsor of the Bastrop High School Key Club. He also worked numerous summers with the City of Bastrop's Parks Department at Dotson Park swimming pool. After retiring from the Morehouse Parish School System, he and his family moved to Houston, where he became a faithful member of Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorship of the Rev. Roland E. Mouton, Sr. Upon returning to the Monroe area, he united with Starlight Baptist Church where he remained a faithful member until his homegoing.
He was preceded in death by his father David Jones and his brother Woodrow Jones.
Celebrating his life and legacy are Merlene, his beloved wife of 48 years; sons Reginald Elton of Los Angeles, Onzie Jr. (Tara) of Houston and Kendal Mario (Katrice) of Houston; eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren; one sister, Sylvia (Harry) Reese of Mer Rouge; two brothers-in-law, James (Sylvia )Crawley of Grambling, Sanford (Dorothy)Crawley of Swartz; five sisters-in-law, Irene Jones of Columbia S. C., Ethel Simpson and Levester Hyter of Los Angeles, Vernell Boone of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Dorothy (Charlie) McLaughlin of Grambling; an uncle, Jessie Jones of Bastrop; godchildren Brian Crawley of Columbus, Ohio and Ophelia Walker of Swartz; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Apr. 13 to Apr. 17, 2011