Coastal Region Mourns The Loss of Community Leaders


Savannah recently lost two community leaders, Ernestine Jones and Jimmy Deloach.

Ernestine J. Jones – an educator and community activist – was born in Savannah, GA, on December 21, 1933. She was the fourth and last child God presented to William Ernest, Sr., and Rebecca Singleton Jenkins. She graduated in 1952 from Woodville High School (now Woodville – Tompkins Career Institute) and earned her B.S. Degree from Savannah State College (University).

Ernestine was employed by the Beaufort County School System, and she retired in 1995 after 31 years of service. She served as department chairperson, as senior class, yearbook and newspaper advisor, and she received numerous awards, including Master Teacher (1978 – 1980 and 1985), Rotary Club award (1989), and Teacher of the Year (1992).

She was a member of the Woodville – Tompkins Alumni Association (Finance Secretary), The Board of Elections of Chatham County (20 years), NAACP (Life Member) and Liberty City – Richfield – Southover Community Improvement Association, Inc. (President 14 years), and in 2017, she was inducted into the Woodville Tompkins High School Hall of Fame for basketball.

On January 29, 1956, Ernestine married Clifton Jones, Jr. Their marriage lasted over sixty-two years, and they are the proud parents of four children (Edwin, Daryl, Glynda and Karen). After a short illness, on Friday, July 6, 2018, God sent his heavenly angels to St Joseph’s Hospital to escort her home to her eternal rest.

Celebration of Life: Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 11:00 AM, Second African Baptist Church, 123 Houston Street. Adams Funeral Services is in charge of services.

James Mondell DeLoach, Sr. passed away at his home on July 3, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Born January 9, 1932 to the late E.W. and Beatrice Denmark De- Loach, of Bulloch County, he was a graduate of Nevils High School in Bulloch County. After high school, during the Korean Conflict, he joined the Georgia Air National Guard 117th Electronics Engineering and Radar Installation Squadron of the 165th Airlift Wing. After his time with the military, he began his career as a riveter with Tuttle Construction at the Union Camp plant followed by a 42-year career at the Service Center for Savannah Electric and Power Company. Immediately following retirement from SEPCO, he joined his sons’ business, TideWater Landscape Management, in a 20-year secondary career in which he helped spin off Gro-Masters Lawn Care, as a subsidiary.

As a dedicated member of his community, he assumed many leadership roles for the First Baptist Church of Garden City, the City of Garden City, and Chatham County.

His political career began when he was first elected to the City Council of Garden City in 1972 and eventually elected Mayor in 1976.This would lead to his election to the Chatham County Commission in 1980. He served 12 years as County Commissioner, championing the first SPLOST in 1983 and the installation of the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Pooler.

He was replaced on the Commission by his son, Eddie Wayne DeLoach, who currently serves as Mayor of Savannah.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Garden City.

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