Mary Ann Toson Jones humbly bowed to God’s will and entered into eternal rest on Saturday, August 21, 2021, in Albany, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jimmie Lee Jones, Sr.; her parents, Azalee Culbreath and Elijah Toson; grandparents, and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Jones.
Mary attended school in the Dougherty County School System. She played basketball and participated in track and field at Monroe High School. She obtained her GED and went on to graduate from West Georgia College with a BA degree in Early Childhood Education. Mary was employed by the Harambee Child Development Center and became a Center Director. She retired after over 30 years of dedicated service. She was loving and caring to each student she touched and affected thousands of young lives in a very positive manner for Albany and Southwest Georgia.
Mary was very passionate about the Albany Civil Rights Movement. In 1957 she decided to get in some “good trouble” and registered to vote. She was on the Board of Directors of the Albany Civil Rights Institute/Museum until her death. The Smithsonian Institute of African American History and Culture/Library of Congress conducted an interview with Mary on March 9, 2013, about her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
She leaves to cherish her memory, four sons, Jimmie L. Jones, Jr. (Mary) of Jonesboro, GA, Emerson Jones of East Point, GA, Alonzo B. Jones (Joyce) of Ellenwood, GA, Oliver Jones (Patricia) of Albany, GA; two daughters, Brenda Jones Cameron and Jamersina Jones of Albany, GA.; two brothers, Dexter L. Toson (Ruby) of Albany, GA, and Lorenzo Hanna (Peggy) of Deland, FL; one sister, Earlene Jones of Albany, GA; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
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