by Josh Ault
The first African American soldier to hold the rank of sergeant major in the army was put to rest today.
Johnnie Lee Jones of Lufkin was honored as a military hero and community leader. His funeral was held at 1 P.M. at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Lufkin.
Jones served for over 30 years in the Unites States Army. In 1972, he was moved up to sergeant major. He was the first black soldier in history to have this honor.
After his military service, he worked for First City National Bank of Lufkin.