Diaris Marie Jackson-Jones Ph.D.
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.
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Godmother/ Cousin , I want to thank you for giving me my meaningful first and middle name. Thank you for all your good advice and guidance Nanny. Missing you terribly Nanny:( RIP Nanny Love you always, Your Goddaughter Kemba Angela Ferbos & Family
Antoine & Kemba Ferbos, I
December 3, 2021
I offer my deepest condolences to the family. Diaris was one of the kindest persons in our St. Mary's Academy class of 1971. She was brilliant, yet so humble, and full of laughter. You are in my prayers during this very difficult time.
Belhia Martin
November 29, 2021
To Carl, May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I hope that you remember me and the time's that I had taken you to School and different places when you were twelve-year-old, I have been thinking about you and your Mother for a long time.
Harriette Taylor
November 28, 2021
to Diaris's family and friends, you have my deepest condolences. I am her cousin. Uncle Lionel and my mother Althea were sister and brother. I hadn't seen her in years but thought about her a lot. I wish we could have gotten to know her, and have always regretted that. I was very grieved to learn of her passing. I pray God's strength and comfort for your family. I would love to meet her family. Know that I am praying for you all. God bless.
Phyliss Bates Red
November 26, 2021
I only got to know you for a short time.You are my only first cousin and I will treasure the conversations we've had. I deeply regret not having a close relationship because of distance so the time we met, the memories I will always have of you, I will hold on to for an eternity. I love you Cuz!!!! My deepest condolences to Carl, his beautiful wife and Daughters, your loving Husband and all of your family. May Allah be with you.
Lillian Bates
November 26, 2021
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