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Willie Jones Jr.


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Willie Jones Jr. Obituary
JONES, Jr., Willie Cleaven A Warrior of the Light Willie Cleaven Jones, Jr., affectionately known as "WC", was born on January 10, 1935 in Savannah, GA to the late Willie Cleaven Jones, Sr. and Gertrude Elizabeth Jones. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Cleaven Jones Sr., mother, Gertrude Jones, two sisters Naomi and Shirley, stepmother, Julia B. Jones, and aunt, Doreatha Gordon. Willie received his early education in the public school system of Savannah, GA graduating in 1953 from A. E. Beach High School. He graduated from Savannah State College (University) in May 1957 with a degree in general science. He chose an Ivy League School, Penn State University, to receive his Masters Degree in biological science. Willie was a lifelong learner with scholars from the National Science Foundation. He brought his expertise back to the children through curriculum models which increased performance to heights of excellence. As a teacher, Teacher- of- the -Year, department chairperson, counselor and administrator, he maintained high standards of excellence. As Resource Director for Title V111 Talent Development Program for Potential Dropouts, he received national recognition for excellence from the Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW). After leaving the teaching field, Willie served as Director of Research for the Georgia Association of Educators focusing on educational policies that impacted 55,000 teachers, principals, counselors and superintendents. Willie began early as a servant leader. After the death of his mother in 1959, he became a surrogate parent to his sisters and father. He served as a role model and mentor to eleven young men who have been successful in their professions. He maintained a high level of involvement throughout their lives. He was not only a mentor to young men but a pillow of strength to his niece, nephews, and extended family. Willie received numerous awards. Among these include President Award for Civic Leadership from Ebony Magazine. He was also appointed board member for Epworth Towers and Trustee Emeritus-King Bridge Retirement Home 2000. He served as a volunteer for Fulton County Code Enforcement and the Atlanta Opera 2003-2015. He was also a participant in Leadership Atlanta 1980 and Fulton County Leadership Development Class of 1987. Willie was a true servant leader who saw fit to look beyond his needs and make a way for others to succeed. He loved his church, community, family and friends. He shared his wealth in a quiet manner with each of these entities. He was a dedicated member of Faith A. M. E. Zion Church where he dedicated his time, talents and resources. He played the piano, sang in the choir, chaired two major fundraisers and served on the Trustee Board. He leaves to mourn but cherish a life well lived his sisters, Joan Y. Polite, Mamye E. Lane, niece Chandra Polite, nephews George Lane and Ben "Cleve" Polite, grandnieces Kennedi and Kaitllyn Polite, grandnephews Cole Polite, Michael Patterson and Darian Brown, brother-in- law Johnny Polite, Sr. godson Russell Mole, Jr. and a host of friends and other relatives. Celebration of Life Thursday, May 17, 2018, 11 am, Faith AME Zion Church, 38 H. E. Holmes Dr. NW. Pastor Brandon M. Moore. Instate 10 am. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Murray Brothers (404)349-3000 mbfh.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 12 to May 16, 2018
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