Born Feb. 17, 1916, in Dallas County, Selma, Ala., she was the second child of Joe and Larsenia Yelder.
She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Summer Grove Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Grant. Lucy was very smart and grew in knowledge. She attended Clark School where Professor R.B. Hudson was principal. She finished elementary school there and went to Knox Academy and graduated from high school as one of the top students in her class. She furthered her education at Selma University and Stillman College and received a “D” Certificate so she could teach school in Tyler, Ala. This was her first job in a two-teacher school.
She felt that she needed more knowledge. She furthered her education at Alabama State University and received a B.S. Degree in Education.
Finding out that she could make more money, she moved to Kentucky to live with her sister. While working there she met Deacon Horace Jones and they got married. She joined Logan Street First Baptist Church where she worked in different departments in the church, serving as treasurer of the deaconess and church librarian. She loved her church and was faithful.
She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky and did further studies toward a Doctorate Degree. She was the highest certified teacher in Pike County at that time.
Lucy B. went on to the University of Kentucky and received proficiency in library science, and became the librarian in the new school at Runyon Jr. High School. Mrs. Jones was honored by Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority of Pike and Letcher Counties as OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR (WOMAN) OF THE YEAR.
Mrs. Jones was selected from several nominees by a panel of judges from Professional Affairs Committees of the Society. She was presented with a lovely plaque. The president said, “The Pplaque is a small momento in comparison to the many years of love and services she had given to the boys and girls of Pike County, KY.”
Mrs. Jones worked in civil and social affairs. She was a chartered member of the Phyllis Wheatley Chapter No. 656 Order of the Eastern Star (O.E.S.) of Alabama.
Mrs. Jones was always reaching out to others trying to help somebody.
In addition to her father and mother, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lucenda Moore and Laura Johnson; two brothers, Dr. W.J. Yelder and Andrew Byron Yelder; and one daughter, Edith Larsenia Hayes.
Survivors include two grandsons, Eric (Leighann) Hayes and Rodney (Jackie) Hayes; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Marjesta Y. Walker; four nieces, Lucy Hayes, Edith “Van” Childress, Andree B. Gandy, and Nellie Jo Brown; three nephews, James B. Moore, W.J. Yelder, and George Yelder. She also leaves a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins, and many loving friends who will miss her.
Homegoing services for Mrs. Lucy Belle Yelder Jones will be conducted at noon, Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Logan Street First Baptist Church in Williamson with the Rev. Gerald Dotson, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Huddy, Ky. Active pallbearers will be George Childress, Walter Childress, Carl Johnson, Clifford Johnson, Ronald Martin, and Henry Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be Douglas Hayes, Eric Hayes, Rodney Hayes, John Johnson, and Joseph Yelder.
Viewing for friends and former co-workers will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel in Toler, Ky. Viewing for
family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at the Logan Street First Baptist Church in Williamson.
Online condolences may be made by going to www.hatfieldfc.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler.