For more than four decades, Dr. T. Marshall Jones has been known as a “champion of the arts” and an “ambassador for Southwest Georgia.” On Saturday, April 2, about 250 of Jones’ family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in Albany, Ga., to pay tribute to the man who continues to make his mark on the arts in Georgia.
During the sold-out event, Jones’ efforts as an educator, a musician and a mentor were lauded by government leaders, university presidents and fine arts directors.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which was attended by several of the church’s members. Jones has served in the music ministry at Mount Zion since1964.
Kenneth Cutts, district director for Congressman Sanford Bishop (2nd Congressional District), announced that the congressman read into record a proclamation honoring Jones during the session on Friday, April 1.
ASU President Dr. Everette J. Freeman also presented Jones with a proclamation honoring his service to the university, where he served as the band director and later as chair of the Department of Fine Arts before retiring in 1996. Jones returned as an adjunct professor teaching music classes until May 2010.
During the gala, Dr. Leroy Bynum Jr., dean of the ASU College of Arts and Humanities, along with Dr. Marcia Mitchell Hood, current chair of the Department of Fine Arts, announced that the university’s performance series would be renamed the “T. Marshall Jones Fine Arts and Lyceum Series.” The series will be funded by the T. Marshall Jones Lyceum Series Endowment, with an initial goal of raising $500,000 in donations.
Bynum said the goal is to have the first series funded by the endowment by the time the Ray Charles Language, Performing and Visual Arts Center opens its doors. The design phase of the building was recently completed. University administrators are hopeful funding for construction will come in the near future.
For more information about the endowment, contact the ASU Office of Institutional Advancement at (229) 430-4660.
ASU President Dr. Everette J. Freeman, right, presents Dr. T. Marshall Jones with a plaque during the gala held in Jones’ honor on Saturday, April 2, at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club.