A well known East Texas and community leader has died.
Johnnie L. Jones died this morning at a Lufkin hospital after a long battle with illness. Jones was a longtime community leader, his work included the the Citizens Chamber of Commerce, the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, Angelina Beautiful Clean, Cedar Grove Cemetery Association, Lufkin Community Aid Club and Angelina County United Way to name a few.
Jones was also the first African-American soldier to hold the rank of Sergeant Major.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist church in Lufkin.