John J. Jones celebrated his 50th anniversary working for the Town of Louisa on Sept. 26 with his past and present colleagues, friends and family.
Jones started working in maintenance for the town when he was 16 years old and worked his way up from there.
“Cutting grass, taking care of the sewer lines – I would do whatever came up,” he said.
Now, he is general superintendent of public works and manages a team of maintenance workers, working alongside them.
“Coming to work every morning, that’s my favorite part,” Jones said.
During his time working for the town, Jones said, a lot has changed both within his department and in the town as a whole.
“When I first started, the town had one pickup truck … Now, we have seven,” he said.
Many who attended Saturday’s celebration praised Jones’ hard work and dedication. His daughter, Peggy Jasper, marveled at how far he’s come.
“He’s held down one job for 50 years,” Jasper said. “He’s a hard worker. And I’m proud of that.”
Jones’ dedication, however, extends beyond his official role. He’s also a beloved community member.
“He’s the same today as he will be tomorrow as he was yesterday,” said Maxine Butcher, president of the Women’s Club in Louisa. “He doesn’t change, you can see him in the grocery store or anywhere in town. He is genuine.”
Hazel Trice Edney has known Jones since childhood. Growing up, their families lived across the woods from each other and Jones would play with Edney’s brother. She said that she’s proud of who he’s become: a pillar of the community.
“He stands for more than just hard work and longevity,” Edney said. “He has become an example of what this world needs.”
Edney recalled Jones bringing vegetables from his garden to her elderly mother. Butcher told of how Jones always helps put up and take down the Christmas lights in the town. Louisa Mayor R. Garland Nuckols said Jones is always willing to help people in the town, even if it’s after hours.
At the celebration, Nuckols said the town council will consider naming the driveway that leads to the town’s maintenance shop (between NAPA and the police station)John Jones Way.
This is to honor Jones’ “exceptional, long-term tenure as a town employee and general superintendent,” Nuckols said.
The council will discuss the driveway name at the council meeting on Oct. 20.