Edna councilman dies after 27 years of service

July 8, 2010 at 2:08 a.m.

Lorrian Jones served on the Edna City Council for 27 years. He died Wednesday at the age of 74.

Lorrian Jones served on the Edna City Council for 27 years. He died Wednesday at the age of 74.

EDNA - Edna city councilman Lorrian Jones, 74, died Wednesday after serving with the city council for 27 years.

"He was all about politics, all about getting things done. He did everything he could for the community," said Betty Jones, the councilman's wife of 51 years.

Betty, who still works as a nurse after 40 years, said people in the community encouraged her husband to run for office, convinced he'd make a great leader.

They were right. In 1981, the second district voted Jones the city's first black councilmember. Jones served until 1987 and was again elected in 1989, serving ever since.

Mayor Joe Hermes served with Jones the entire 27 years and called him a conscientious, strong supporter of the city.

"We didn't always see eye-to-eye, but that's public policy," Hermes said. "Personally, I thought he was a great man."

Betty said her husband was a gentle but firm man.

"I always told him, 'your bark is bigger than your bite," she said with a warm chuckle.

Together the Jones' had two daughters, Tisa Jones, 41, and Tammie Jones, who died of a stroke a few years back at the age of 38.

The Jones' have five grandchildren, including Tammie's twins, who Betty now raises.

Jones also leaves behind co-workers and constituents. Hermes said he will appoint someone to finish Jones' term, which ends in May.

"We were family here and he will be sorely missed," said Becky Miska, city secretary.

Jones was a member of the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Committee and was active in the development of the Martin Luther King Community Park.

But Hermes said Jones' main concern was always on the constituents who voted him into office year after year.

"He was very much concerned with his people being treated right," Hermes said. "He championed his district."

The Edna City Council meeting scheduled for July 15 has been rescheduled for July 22.



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