Agatha Randolph Jones, Matriarch of Data News Weekly

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Agatha Randolph Jones, aged 99, of New Orleans, on March 26, 2024, went home to be with the Lord, after living a life rich with purpose, passion, impact, and a commitment to serving others.

She was the third child born to Edna Delandro and Allison Bernard Randolph Sr. on July 20, 1924. Early in life, Agatha developed a love for sports, fashion, and caring for her siblings. A graduate of Xavier University, she pledged Delta Sigma Theta sorority and dreamed of a career in interior decorating. After briefly living and working in New York, she determined it was not for her after a year of teaching there and returned to New Orleans. Where she spent her professional life dedicated to teaching and inspiring young minds. She had a long and purposeful teaching career in the Catholic school system and later worked at several Orleans Public Schools before retiring in 1980 from Pierre A. Capdau.

Agatha married Joseph Madison “Scoop” Jones in 1948. The couple had three children: Toya, Terry, and Kim Maria. She took great pride and joy in maintaining a beautiful peaceful home. She and Joseph happily welcomed siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends to enjoy what she had created. All who visited left with lasting memories of her hospitality and loving nature. She was also known for an open-door policy, providing a listening ear and watchful eye on her children’s neighborhood friends.

Teaching home economics greatly influenced her personal life as she was an avid homemaker, gardener, cook, and seamstress. There were rarely any household tasks that she did not plan and complete while her husband traveled as a salesman for Seagram Distillers. She loved decorating and designing wardrobes for herself and her children. Her grandsons were lucky recipients of tailored coats with matching caps, sailor suits, and more.

She was instrumental in the creation of Data News Weekly’s Newspaper founded in 1966 with her husband “Scoop Jones” and later led by her son Terry Jones, who continues to stay true to their mission of being “The People’s Paper” serving the community for almost 60 years. She followed its progress throughout the years. She was an advocate for Data News Weekly and our community until recently.

A celebration of her life will be held on April 20th, 2024, at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 7300 Crowder Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127, where loved ones will gather to share stories and honor her memory and legacy., “May She Rest In Peace.”

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