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In Memory Of
John "JJ" Jones - Charter Member
John Willis Jones John Willis "JJ" Jones, 71, of Tallahassee, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 5, 2010 while at his home surrounded by his wife and family. Funeral service will be at 12 noon CDT on Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., at Troy Chapel AME Zion Church, 3301 Mc Innis Road. Burial with military honors will follow at Garrison Cemetery in Montgomery. A native of Montgomery, Mr. Jones was a retired bus driver with the New York Department of Transportation. After retiring, he owned and operated Polar Bear Tours in New York City and JJ Bus Tours of Tallahassee. He was a charter member and treasurer of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, Tallahassee Chapter. To cherish his precious memories, he leaves his devoted and loving wife, Mamie Stevens-Jones of Tallahassee; two daughters, Crystal, Bronx, NY and Iyuana of Raleigh, NC; son, Christopher, Bronx, NY; four brothers, Arthur Lee and Marvin Eugene (Anna) Jones, Herman (Valerie) Jones, and Garrison (Hattie) Jones; three sisters, Mary H. Harris, Rev. Linda D. (Willie) Livingston and Sandra J. (Marvin) Gaston; and a granddaughter, Kristen Rose, Bronx, NY, along with numerous other relatives and friends.
Edwin "Bravo 6" Bethea - Charter Member
Lieutenant Colonel Edwin A. Bethea (USA, Ret.) of Tallahassee was called home to eternal rest on January 28, 2018.
Mr. Bethea was born in Vernon, Florida, on October 11, 1938 to Millard and Katie Roulhac Bethea. He graduated from Florida A&M University in 1960 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt., US Army, upon graduation. He faithfully served our country for 20 years, including three tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired from the military in 1981.
Following in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents, Mr. Bethea embarked on a 20-year career with the Leon County Public School System as a teacher and administrator. He served as the first African-American principal of Cobb Middle School, and subsequently principal at Griffin Middle School.
Upon retirement from the school system, he enjoyed traveling on his Harley Davidson with the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club (Tallahassee) and the Harley Owners Group, spending time with his wife of 53 years, and visiting his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Bethea devoted his life to Christ at an early age at Sylvania A.M.E. Church in Vernon. He was an active member of Bethel A.M.E. Church until his passing. He was also active in community service and mentoring throughout the Tallahassee area.
He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy Jackson Bethea; sons Bernard (Cerita) Bethea of Woodstock, GA and Bryant (Deborah) Bethea of Johns Creek, Georgia; daughter Bronwyn (Michael) Bethea-Rowland of Valrico, Florida; grandchildren Candace, Christopher, Catherine, Jackson, Brandon, Ashlyn, Cameron, and Kaelyn; sister Joyce (Charlie) Martin of Nashville, Tennessee; brother-in-law David (Octavia) Jackson of Great Falls, Virginia; sisters-in-law Doris (John) Briggs of Reston, Virginia and Regina Jackson of Alpharetta, Georgia; nieces Leisa Johnson and Valerie Johnson, both of Tallahassee, Florida; nephews Carl Slaughter of Goodlettsville, Tennessee and Travis (Patrice) Martin of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey; and a host of devoted family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Doris Bethea Johnson and Mildred Bethea Slaughter.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 1pm at Bethel A.M.E. Church located at 501 W. Orange Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida.
Interment with full military honors will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 12pm at the Tallahassee National Cemetery located at 5015 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida.
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