Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones’ mother passes away

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Pictured: Vernon Jones and “Ma” in a January 2020 Facebook post



The mother of Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones passed away today. Rufer Jones was blessed to be 90 years old.

Jones told On Common Ground News that he was at her beside when she made her transition.

“She looked so pretty. Her hair was all laid back. She looked really peaceful,” Jones said.

Jones was filled with emotion as he spoke of his “Ma,” recalling her tenacity in working their family farm in North Carolina, her ability to take a little something and turn it into wonderful meals and her wit and wisdom.

Ma raised five sons and a daughter. Her oldest son died about six months ago, but she had no idea. Jones said he and his siblings couldn’t bear telling her because they knew how it would hurt her.

Ma lived in a local nursing home and Vernon visited her often, making each visit special. He often posted pictures and videos of their time together on Facebook.

Jones said he and his siblings could not visit Ma together this evening due to social distancing mandates and COVID-19. They decided he, the fifth of her six children, could go first.

“It lifted my spirits when I walked in the room. I couldn’t help but think about all of the things that she did for us,” Jones said. “I walked out filled with joy.”


On Common Ground News


  • Dr Raymond R White Sr

    April 9, 2020 at 2:07 am

    My sincere condolences to Georgia Rep.Vernon Jones and family. God bless and care for his beautiful mother as she transitioned to a better place. Peace and strength,


  • NeNe

    April 9, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Vernon Jones as I look at the picture it says a 1001 things to me and the one that stands out the most is the love you have for four mom I’m truly sorry for your loss and I know you have so many memories hold on to them my Condolences goes out to you and test of your family God bless you all during this difficult time RIP Ms.Jones


  • Sharon

    April 9, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Praying that God give you and your family strength. It was a blessing to have your Mom live for 90years. She was able to see you do great things. May God bless you all.


  • Lisa McCurry

    April 9, 2020 at 9:20 am

    My condolences to you and your family. God Bless you.


  • Juanita lake

    April 9, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Sending condolences to your family


  • Reynaldo Franklin

    April 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    God gave her ANGEL wings! Its a blessings!


  • Alice. Daniels

    April 9, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Prayers and condolences to the families. May you continue to hold on to those sweet memories. And all ways remember that Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. She is resting now in her Heavenly home with her Heavenly Father.


  • Margaret Fisher

    April 9, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Sorry for your lost.Praying for your family.


  • Vickie Thornhill

    April 9, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    My deepest sympathy. My God cover and keep you in peace along with your family. My prayers with you and the family.
    DeKalb County Family


  • Michelle Gaither

    April 9, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    my condolences to the wonderful Jones family with love and inspiration and peace on earth


  • Sharonda Poe

    April 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Sending my condolences to my cousin and family members rest in heaven Aunt Dunkin


  • Tomi Dixon

    April 9, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Deepest condolences to you & your family, Vernon. You were so good to your Ma. We will miss seeing the videos you posted of your adventures you had with her. God bless her soul. Sending you hugs, love, and peace, Vernon.


  • rosemary phillips

    April 9, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    my sincere condolences to you and your family , may GOD continue to comfort and bless you all , cherish the memories of your mom they will get you through your grief.


  • Angie Wead

    April 9, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    At a time like this friends want to let the family know we are praying for you and sending warmest thoughts and deepest sympathy. Sincerely Angie Wead


    • Angie Wead

      April 10, 2020 at 5:32 am

      Praying and knowing all is well. Sending Blessings.


  • Cathrene Howard

    April 9, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    God is with you and the family. Be blessed continuously.


  • Vanessa Settles

    April 9, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    My deepest condolences Vernon. You are an awesome son.


  • Lela Lambe

    April 9, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Condolences to the Family. May God Comfort You During This Time Of Bereavement. Praying in Georgia


  • Harvey

    April 9, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    I will sadly miss “Ma.” She will forever be in my heart and thoughts. I lived to watch the way she and our Georgia Representative related towards the other. So uplifting and encouraging to watch a young man love up on his mother. Simply genuine his love for Ms. Jones. Rest in heaven, dear heart ♥️ Your family and friends are in my prayers .


  • Jolene Stallworth

    April 10, 2020 at 2:41 am

    May God be with you and the family. I miss my parents so bad. I know what you and the family is going through.


  • Dianne Brown

    April 10, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Sorry for your loss you have my condolences praying for you and your family. Dianne Brown


  • Shani

    April 10, 2020 at 6:31 am

    My sincere condolences. I see the love


  • Dianne Brown

    April 10, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Sorry for your loss you have my condolences praying for you and your family Dianne Brown


  • Jessyca Kates

    April 10, 2020 at 6:46 am

    So sorry to hear of you loss. Praying for your family. May God be with you.


  • Reggie Dunbar II

    April 10, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Vernon Ma was a real nurturing North Carolinian as we were raised in the 50’s and 60’s.
    Our parents and other relative and none relatives were community.
    We were blessed to have grown and experienced such a beautiful life.
    Our past has made us whom we are today
    All praises to our past, building our present and growing our future.


  • Dr. Wilma Toney- Drayton

    April 10, 2020 at 7:36 am

    Mr. Jones,
    I’m very sorry to hear the sad news. I know how much you cared for & loved both of your parents. A mother’s love is very special I know that she will truly be missed by you and your family. May you soon find comfort & peace knowing that she is in God’s hand now. Dearly your friend
    Dr. Wilma Toney-Drayton


  • Ms. P. F.,Trott

    April 10, 2020 at 8:11 am

    May God BLESS You & Your Family. May God embrace & Keep EACH of you in Love, Strength & Power! Another Solider Going Home! Our Condolences


  • Shirley GRADY

    April 10, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Condolences to you VERNON and the family we have known each other over 20 yrs now it hurts but take your time as you move through this.l will tell my family we will keep you all in prayer. Shirley GRADY


  • Betty Rice

    April 10, 2020 at 8:48 am

    My Condolences to Vernon and his family. Praying for strength and Peace. There’s nothing like a mom
    R I P Mrs Jones


  • charles ponder

    April 10, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Keeping you and your family in prayer


  • Susie Roberts

    April 10, 2020 at 9:07 am

    My condolences in the passing of your mom. May you continue to find peace in reflecting on the fond life time memories of your mom. Praying for your strength in the Lord.


  • John Spillers

    April 10, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Vernon my friend, you and your family have my sympathy and prayers. She lived a blessed life.


  • Antoinette Tucker

    April 10, 2020 at 9:25 am

    My Condolences homeboy and family.
    You all will continue to be in our prayers.
    Antoinette Tucker


  • Jackie Henderson

    April 10, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Peace and blessings to you and your family


  • Helen M Whitehead

    April 10, 2020 at 11:00 am

    My condolences to you and your family may she Rest in Heaven. God have another Angel with wings.


  • Connie Blackwell

    April 10, 2020 at 11:06 am

    In Loving Memory of your Mother If Roses grow in Heaven
    Please pick a punch for me
    Place them in Mother’s arms
    And tell her they’re from me.
    Tell her that I love and miss her
    And when she turns to smile
    Place a kiss upon her cheek
    And hold her for a while.
    Because remembering her is easy
    I do it every day
    But there is an ache within my heart
    That will never go away.


  • Sean

    April 10, 2020 at 11:21 am

    My condolences


  • Ethel Johnson

    April 10, 2020 at 11:38 am

    My prayers are with Vernon Jones and his family.



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  • Cyndie Fenn

    April 10, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Prayers to you and your family, keep those memories close


  • Charlene Montfort

    April 10, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    My condolences to you and your family Mr. Jones.


  • Cathy

    April 10, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Condolences to the families


  • Jeanette Thomas

    April 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    My deepest Sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your mother . God Blessed her with 90 beautiful years now she has gone to rest, praying for strength and comfort at this difficult time


  • Marcy Lippett

    April 10, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    For you and your family during this most difficult time! Pray GOD’S STRENGTH AND MERCY surround you all!


  • Helen Fields

    April 10, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    My deepest condolences to Representative Jones &Family!


  • Ann Richardson

    April 10, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    My Condolences to the Jones Family


  • Queen Casey

    April 10, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Cousin, so sorry to hear of Aunt Dunks passing. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during your time oof sorrow. We will truly miss her, because we truly loved her.


  • Carolyn Heard

    April 10, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Praying for the family. Just know that earth has no sorrows that heaven can not heal.


  • Sylvia Davis

    April 10, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Jones and his family at a time such as this. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Thank God for precious memories.


  • Shirley Newman

    April 10, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    I do understand your pain, lost our mother last year she’s was also 90 years old for Decatur, I’m praying for strength for you and your family. Trust God my brother.


  • Richard & Lucy

    April 10, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    It is with much gratitude to extend
    our condolences from our family to yours
    It’s never easy saying good-bye to our
    loved ones The pain may seem to be
    inevitable, but the memories will always remain with you Please know we are here
    for you always


  • Diane Newton

    April 10, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Sorry for your Loss,My Condolences to You and your Family may she R.I.H prayers going up for y’all in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ Amen.


  • Jeniece Linder

    April 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Sorry for your loss. My mother Florence (Flo) Lawson
    passed away last October soi know how you and your family is feeling right now.


  • Betty Banks

    April 10, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    I pray you and family be comfort with God’s love at this time.


  • Janet Jones

    April 10, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    The picture shows so much love you had for your mother. I will be praying for you and your family at this time of loss. May God bless you richly


  • Lisa

    April 11, 2020 at 12:00 am

    May God bless you and lift ur family in love and blessings as u celebrate ur mom’s homegoing to glory. Be blessed always


  • Janie Reid

    April 11, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Our heartfelt condolences.


  • Renee Ponder

    April 11, 2020 at 12:54 am

    Sorry for your loss keeping you and your family in my prayers.


  • Linda Robinson Edna's daughter

    April 11, 2020 at 2:06 am

    My Condolences to your Family


  • Ana

    April 11, 2020 at 4:51 am

    Sorry for your loss. She was beautiful. She is a beautiful Angel


  • Samuel L Willis, III

    April 11, 2020 at 6:28 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you guys during this time. God bless.


  • LeVal Lewis

    April 11, 2020 at 6:47 am

    My condolences


  • Lillian Johnson

    April 11, 2020 at 7:38 am

    So sorry prayers for you and family our condolences May God continue to bless you.


  • Sarah Johnson

    April 11, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Condolences to the family and friends. So sorry for your lost. I remember coming to Gibson to Mr. Willie J. Moore’s house with my dad Roy Johnson and stopping by your mom’s to say hello. Such an amazing mom and high spirited lady. Sending prayers of healing, comfort and peace to you and your family. May God continue to bless you all.


  • Cathynia Dixon

    April 11, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Mr. Jones you and your family have my deepest condolences


  • Frederick Smith

    April 11, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Our hearts go out to the famILY.


  • Janet Dpry

    April 11, 2020 at 10:56 am

    My condolences to Vernon and family.


  • Ruby C

    April 11, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Praying for you! I’m so glad that your heart is filled with Joy. Because the Joy of the Lord is your strength. Peace Be Unto you and your family!



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  • Linda Crawford

    April 11, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    My sister Kim and I were riding the Nursing Home Elevator with you one day in January as we were all going to visit our mothers. We had a conversation about both moms being in their 90’s and what a blessing this was. We send our deepest Condolences to you and your family. Keeping you in prayer.


  • Shirley Hendley

    April 11, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Sending condolences and prayers to the family.


  • Eric Davis

    April 11, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    To my friend and Brother. We go way back. Praying 4u and your family.


  • Cousin Alice

    April 11, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    My cousin you know I care and wish I could be there with the family. I’m hugging you all in spirit. I’m glad I got to see her one more time. Prayers for all of you.


  • Janice Nash

    April 11, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    So sorry for your loss, God is so good!!!!


  • Erika Bears

    April 12, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Prayers to you and the family.I remember days when I was a young child she would come to my house and pick me up. She was a very sweet ladies. Rest in high


  • Joe McNeill

    April 12, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Ms.Ducky was a intrical part of the community. Back in the day everyone who lived in the community was unique in their own right. And Ms.Ducky was no exception she possessed a wicked sense of humor that was extremely funny and equally seriously biting at the same time. My wholehearted sympathy is extended to the family on your loss. May God’s grace and mercy wrap you in his bosom of loved


  • Cynthia

    April 12, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Our prayers are with you


  • Beatrice Soles

    April 12, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    My prayers for you and the family during this difficult times. Ninety years she lived a blessed life. I’m sure she was a strong and very loving mother of character and principles. A woman that said what she meant; and meant what she said.
    Cherish her memories; always keep joy in your hearts!


  • Alonza Motley Sr.

    April 13, 2020 at 10:51 am

    The Family, GOD is still in control.stay strong because he make no mistakes.he gave you Joy all of your life, now she is tired, mother is resting! Be Blessed


  • Henry Monroe

    April 13, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    My deepest condolences, Vernon for you and your Family… Praying for strength!!!


  • Jacqueline Coger

    April 14, 2020 at 9:08 am

    My condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you.


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