Street Signs Honoring Pastor Charles Jones Unveiled on Plant Street in Macon

Street Signs Honoring Pastor Charles Jones Unveiled on Plant Street in Macon

On Friday, June 28, 2024, Macon-Bibb County officials and community members gathered to unveil street signs honoring Pastor Charles Jones on Plant Street. The dedication ceremony took place at the Greater Rising Star Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, where Pastor Jones faithfully served for nearly three decades. The Commission’s decision in April to dedicate a portion of Plant Street, spanning from Jeff Davis Street to Mercer University Drive, in Jones’ memory was met with unanimous support.

District 2 Commissioner Paul Bronson remarked, “Pastor Jones has made tremendous contributions to the Bellevue Community, where I grew up. His initiative ‘Down with Dope and Up with Hope’ not only combated drug issues locally but also inspired similar efforts across other cities. It’s a privilege to honor him and celebrate his enduring legacy.”

Valencia Jones, Pastor Jones’ wife, expressed gratitude, stating, “We are deeply moved by this dedication. It’s a testament to the appreciation for his lifelong commitment to our community.”

Beyond his local impact, Pastor Jones’s advocacy against drug activity extended to statewide and national stages, including participation in marches in cities like Red Oak and Savannah. His efforts earned recognition, including an invitation from President Bill Clinton’s administration to the White House. Prior to his civic leadership, Pastor Jones served on the Macon City Council for over a decade, following a career as a Bibb County firefighter and later as a chaplain for the Fire Department.

Pastor Charles Jones passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2024. His Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, June 29, at 12:00 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, located at 3805 Bloomfield Drive.

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