Updated With Services Information: Legendary High School/JC Coach Ben Jones Passes Away At Age 87


Jones and Archie Manning

Just last week, hottytoddy.com wrote a story about legendary high school and Itawamba Junior College coach Ben Jones, being inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame (NHSACA) in June. Tonight, we are sadly reporting that Coach Jones has passed away today at the age of 87.

To quote our previous story, “With stops at seven high schools and a junior college, Jones led his teams to state titles, conference championships, earned coach-of-the-year honors and more. His legacy has been cemented as one of the best to ever walk the sidelines in the state, and now the nation.”

Coach Jones always wore his hat high on his head.

Jones, while in Fulton, was the first coach in Mississippi to field an integrated football team in 1967. He was also instrumental in establishing the Mississippi High School Coaches Hall of Fame while he served as the organization’s president.. 

Services will be held this Tuesday, July 11 at Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo as follows: “Visitation will be Tuesday, July 11th from 4 until 7 p.m., and the funeral will be held Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 2 p.m.  Both will be held at W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo. Graveside services will be in Tupelo Memorial Park immediately following the service.” FULL OBITUARY HERE

Read other HottyToddy.com stories about Coach Jones below:

32 Years Of Success Culminates With Induction To NHSACA Hall Of Fame For Mississippi’s Ben Jones

Ben Jones: A Mississippi Coaching Icon

Allison Buchanan is CEO of New Media Lab, parent company of HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at allison.buchanan@newmedialabllc.com.


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