Johnnie Mae Jones was born on March 29, 1925, in Carthage, Texas. She transitioned to eternity with her Lord on September 29, 2021, in Dallas, Texas.
Affectionately regarded as “Jiga”, Johnnie received her primary education from Panola County Schools. In her early years, she enjoyed a career at Mellon Financial for 10 years and later at Sears for over 20 years. During her tenure, she opened the first Sears, managed the Linen Department, and later managed other departments until her retirement.
Johnnie married the love of her life, E.J. Jones. The two remained united in holy matrimony until his transition.
Johnnie was baptized at an early age and was a member of First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park in Dallas, Texas, under the leadership of Pastor J.L. Foster and Dr. Gregory Foster. As a pillar in her community, she wore many hats. She served in the Communion Ministry, Mission Ministry, and Library Ministry. She also taught Sunday School.
Among many hobbies, Johnnie enjoyed quilting, sewing, and crocheting. She made every newborn baby in the family a blanket, hat, and shoes. Johnnie will be fondly remembered for her virtuous, nurturing, sincere, inspiring, humble, generous, gracious, and compassionate nature. Her loving spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Johnnie was preceded in death by her husband, E.J. Jones; parents, John Ester and Annie Mae Cadenhead; brothers, Pete Davis and Tommie Cadenhead; sister, Thelma George; and niece, Verneca Wallace.
Those left to cherish precious memories and continue her legacy of love include her daughter, Bettye Towns; grandchildren – Pamela Smith, Sheri Smith, Tommy Smith, and Caylene Phillips; great-grandchildren – Marcus Smith, Valenzia Smith, Toi Smith-Wade, Shaffah Smith, and ZaRylee Smith; 14 great-great-grandchildren; three great-great-great-grandchildren; her treasured family in California; and a host of extended grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
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