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Audrey Wayne “Bill” Jones

Audrey Wayne “Bill” Jones was born May 8, 1929, in Camden to the parentage of the late Edward and Mary Ethelyn Singleton Jones. He was the second oldest of seven children who would later be known as the Magnificent Seven.
Upon graduating from Conway Vocational High School in Leake County, Audrey was drafted into the army in August 1951 to May 1953, serving in the Korean Conflict as a sniper on the front line. He left the army in 1953 and enrolled in Alcorn A & M College from August 1953-August 1956, where he received a B.S. in Agriculture Education. He later went on to obtain a master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1966.
After completing his post-secondary education, Audrey W. moved to Magnolia, where he accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a 4-H Extension Agent. He was later promoted to County Agent of Lawrence County and an Area Agent before retiring. Upon his retirement, Audrey W. spent a lot of time farming, hunting, traveling abroad, and strengthening community ties through the church and served as treasurer of the Alcorn Alumni Chapter, among many other roles.
At an early age, Audrey W. accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined Mount Zion Kirkwood Missionary Baptist Church in Camden. He later joined Monticello First Baptist Church where he served as trustee and deacon.
On March 25, 1956, Audrey W. was united in holy matrimony to Willie Pearl Hall Jones, the love of his life, in Port Gibson. God consecrated this union with 63 wonderful years of marital bliss. Unto this union, God gifted this union with three daughters.
On the early morning of October 29, 2019, Audrey W. transitioned peacefully from this life. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Willie Pearl Hall Jones, and his brother, James Edward Jones. Audrey W. leaves to celebrate his life three daughters, Adrienne J. Nelson of Houston, Texas, Zelda (Zerrie) Hines of Pearland, Texas and Carma Jones of Fresno, Texas; two grandchildren, Shayla Denise of Brandon and Frederick Allen of Davis, California; one great-granddaughter, Lauren Nicole of Brandon; two brothers, W.B. Jones of Walnut Grove and Ernest (Irma) Jones of Chicago, Illinois; three sisters, Irene Thomas of Columbia, Louise (Joe) Reed of Meridian and Odessa (Charles) McDaniel of Dayton, Ohio, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.