Augustus Jones

Augustus Leonard Jones Sr.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 1946 - Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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" Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal"

Mr. Augustus Leonard Jones, 73, of 244 Winter Flake Drive, Troutman, NC passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.


He is described by his students, peers, colleagues, Saints, and family as, a man of God, a great teacher who held us accountable, a powerful mentor, an example of excellence, brilliant, capable, dedicated, distinguished, a man of great influence, a righteous man of God, a father figure, a role model for African American men, strong, wise, courteous, kind, a devoted steward, and wonder- ful friend. These are only a few of the sentiments shared about Augustus “Gus” Jones, Sr. my husband and partner of 51 years.

Augustus “Gus” Leonard Jones, Sr., was born in Burlington City, NJ on Tuesday, October 22, 1946. He was the first son to Augustus Lee Jones and Emma Corethia Houston Jones. Gus was baptized and received spiritual training at Primitive Baptist Church in Burlington, NJ under the leadership of Elder Honest Hawkins. The family was raised in Burlington City, with his 5 sis- ters and two brothers. There, he went through the Burlington City School system demonstrating himself to be an exemplary student and athlete as one of Burlington’s outstanding basketball players. Upon graduation from Burlington City High School in 1964, he was offered an academic scholarship to attend Princeton University. However, under the direction of the late Bishop Enoch
B. Rochester, he ended up going to Livingstone College on a basketball scholarship. Attending Livingstone provided him the opportunity to see and work with professional black men, fulfilling his parents’ desire.

He graduated from Livingstone College in 1968 with a double major in English and History. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. While at Livingstone, Gus was a four- year member of the basketball team and served as co-captain during his last two years. It was at Livingstone that Gus met and married his wife of 51 years, M. Stephanie Collins Jones. Their wedding was three days after graduation.

Upon graduation, Gus intended to go to school to become a lawyer but was encouraged to return to Burlington City by Mayor Costello. The mayor convinced him to first give back to Burlington City before continuing school. Gus decided to heed the advice and planned to teach for two years and then attend graduate school. Thirty-eight years later Gus was still working for the school district giving back in major ways. This was a decision he never regretted. In addition to his un- dergraduate degree from Livingstone, Gus completed graduate work and obtained his Substance Awareness Counseling (SAC) certification from Rowan University, completed family counseling training at Liberty University, received education and guidance counselor training at Rider Uni- versity.

He began his career teaching English and Social Studies and worked to become an influen- tial figure in the community. During his time in Burlington, he coached basketball, became the advisor to the Student Council Middle School and High School, the SEPIA club, and served as an advisor for many other student organizations. Gus was recruited to coach varsity basketball at Northern Burlington Regional High School for five years.

After obtaining his SAC certification he was promoted to the position of Substance Aware- ness and Health and Social Service Coordinator (SAC/HSSC) for Burlington City Schools. As the SAC/HSSC he was instrumental in getting services for the student population in the form of partnerships with many community organi- zations, mentoring and the School Based Youth Services.

His efforts resulted in the construction of the School Based Youth Services building staffed by a team of professionals equipped to address the needs of the students as it concerned family and drug issues. He also worked with the local police departments devel- oping programming to address the rising gang issues in the com- munity.

Gus Jones was particularly pleased with the group he founded entitled the City Intelligent Talented Youth Group (CITY Group) founded to address the lack of minority males who had grade averages high enough to get into college. The success of the or- ganization resulted in a substantial increase in GPAs and minori- ty males attending college from Burlington City. It became so successful that the minority females demanded a CITY Group as well.

Several years into his career at Burlington City he was appointed to serve with the NJ Department of Education on the Test Specifi- cation Committee, then on the Test Development Committees of the Writing and Language Arts Committees of the Early Warning Test 8th, GEPA HSPA-9, and the HSPT-11 NJ State exit exams. When it became evident that the minority students were strug- gling with the exams, a decision was made by Mr. Jones and his wife M. Stephanie Jones to develop the Mustard Seed Education Center of Pemberton, NJ. The goal of the Center was to tutor students from age eight through adult in reading and writing, and mastering study skills, and the skills necessary to pass the state GEPA & HSPA exams, along with the SAT. The Mustard Seed

successfully remained in business for 25 years. As a result of the effectiveness of the Mustard Seed, they were asked to develop a series of SAT prep workshops for the Youth Achievers’ Com- mittee, Inc. (YAC). Because of the success of the workshop se- ries, “his constant modeling of excellence, steadfast commitment to the youth of Burlington County and staunch leadership as he

walked circumspectly before the community”, YAC, Inc. decided to honor Mr. Jones by naming their highest college scholarship award after him – The Augustus L. Jones Scholarship Award.

With all that Gus Jones was doing, as a righteous man of God, he was actively involved in the church no matter where he lived. Two examples: in NJ, Mt. Zion AME Church, Bordentown, he served on the Steward Board, as a Trustee, in the Senior Choir, Men’s Choir and served many years as Sunday School Superintendent and as the Wednesday Bible Study instructor. In North Carolina, he was a Dea- con at New Life Missionary Baptist Church, taught Wednesday Bi- ble Study, taught Adult Sunday School and Adult VBS, and was the head of the Men’s Fellowship.

Gus LOVED Livingstone College, his alma mater! He attended homecoming all but one year since he graduated, served as Presi- dent and Life Member of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association, served on the Board of Trustees, was inducted into the
Athletic Hall of Fame, and recently worked at Livingstone College in the Success Center Reading Center.

As a member of the United Negro College Fund – National Alumni Council (NAC) he was serv- ing as the Governmental Relations Chair – 2016 to present.

Augustus Jones, Sr, is also an Omega Man as a life member of the Tau Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He has served the fraternity in many capacities and was honored as Omega Man of the Year in 2015.
When time permitted Gus loved to travel, garden and watch sports – especially college basketball. He was preceded in death by his father, Augustus Lee Jones; mother, Emma Corethia Houston
Jones; sister, Patricia Miller (Charles); brothers, Johnathan Jones, Gary C. Jones (Cynthia – also deceased) and a dear cousin Wade Epps. He will be missed by his wife of 51 years, M. Stephanie Jones; his sons, Augustus Leonard Jones, Jr. (Barbara) and Shawn Lee Jones; his daughter, Ni- cole Alexandra Jones-Cox; grandsons, Donald Summers, Quran Noah Warren; Granddaughters, Tryphena Mercedes Cox, Sara Renee Jones, Abishai Porsche Cox, Destiny Wray, Abigail Adriana Jones; Sisters, Marlene Coley, Loretta Crawford (Henry), Christine Long, Veronica Jones; Sis- ter-In-Law, Maryann Wilson; and a host of great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins.

Sorrowfully Submitted by M. Stephanie Jones

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Monday, April 6, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at New Life Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Ivan Cowan will officiate and burial will follow on Saturday, April 11, 2020, at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Burlington City, New Jersey.

There will be NO PUBLIC VISITATION, however general public viewing until the service on Sunday, April 5, 2020 until 7:00 p.m. and Monday morning, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. until he is taken to the church to lie in state.
Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 Virus we, at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, along with other funeral homes across the country, have been issued a mandate to limit the number of family and/or friends at funeral services. YOU CAN ONLY ENTER THE FUNERAL WITH A FUNERAL PASS WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FAMILY.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 5th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Sunday, April 5th, 2020 6:00pm
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
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  • Service

    Monday, April 6th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, April 6th, 2020 1:00pm
    New Life Missionary Baptist Church
    571 South Main Street
    TROUTMAN, NC 28166
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    Reverend Ivan Cowan


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Juanita Norman

Posted at 11:41pm
To the family of Augustus Leonard Jones, Sr.
It is our prayer that you feel Blessed by knowing that the Lord Welcomes your loved one to give him rest. We pray for your continued strength. Marvin and Juanita Norman

Joseph Mayfield

Posted at 12:31pm
He was one of the best teachers I had. Mr Jones cared about his students & community. He will be missed. Joe Mayfield

Quentin Woodward jr

Posted at 08:25am
Mr Jones’ commitment, loyalty and support of his beloved alma mater is very well known.
His quiet demeanor and passion for service to Livingstone College will always be respected and remembered...Condolences to his family, especially his faithful and devoted spouse.

Salisbury/Rowan and Davie Alumni Chapter

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Condolences to the Jones Family! May you find comfort and peace during this time of sadness.
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