Diaris Marie Jackson Jones, Ph.D. (née Bates), age 67, was a loving mother, grandmother, and wife born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Lionel Willie Bates and Evelyn Mary Pierre Banks on December 2, 1953. She passed suddenly on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Diaris was a graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School (now St. Mary's Academy), class of 1971, and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College in 1975. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1983. Diaris spent over 20 years as a clinical psychologist in Texas, Alabama, and later for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1992, she opened her own private practice in Norfolk, Virginia, where, as a single mother, she raised her son and gave her life to the Lord. Diaris was remarried in 2007 to the love of her life Larry Jones, Sr., in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Upon retirement, they moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, and founded Snowbird Scribes Publishing, L.L.C. In 2019, Diaris published her first book, Sun Kissed: Life of a Quadroon, a biographical novel about her ancestral Creole roots in New Orleans. Diaris will be missed by many. She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Larry Jones Sr., and stepson, Larry Jones Jr.; her son, Carl Edward Jackson III, and his wife, Precious Rasheeda Muhammad-Jackson; her two granddaughters, Mirembe-Asma'u Muhammad Jackson, and Nyota-Uhura Muhammad Jackson; her younger sister, Phillyca Barnes; and a host of other beloved family and friends. Her family will hold a private ceremony in her home town, New Orleans, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to St. Mary's Academy (smaneneworleans.com
), in her name and memory.
Published by The Times-Picayune from Nov. 23 to Nov. 28, 2021.