Fred Jones, 78, of Washington D.C./Maryland area passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday morning, December 22, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Cuthbert, Georgia to Primus and Mary Jones, he spent his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He joined the United States Air Force at a young age and was honorably discharged.
Fred was an entrepreneur at an early age shining shoes before he was 8 years old. Eventually he would own his own business and he became a community legend in the Southeast Washington D.C. area as a master barber and hairstylist. He was best known by everyone as Fred “Superstar” Jones.
Fred owned several barber and hairstyling shops. His famous customers included D.C Mayor Marion Barry, Redskins’ Running Back Larry Brown and several other members of the Washington Redskins.
He taught or had a hand in teaching many of the African American barbers and hairstylists in the Washington D.C. area. Fred also taught in the local institutions of incarceration and would bring in the homeless and give them free haircuts.
In his spare time he enjoyed organizing trips all across the country for vacations, hair shows and sporting events like the Super Bowl. His favorite NFL team was the Washington Redskins. He was an avid fan and followed the team religiously.
He left to mourn his passing, his loving wife Lula Jones.
Fred was extremely proud of his four children, Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. of California, Renee Jones of Washington D.C., Amy Jones of Maryland, and Dr. Fred Clifford Jones of West Virginia. He is also survived by his sister Loretta Jones; his grandchildren Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Jr., Lauren Diane Jones-Sawyer, Nicolas Fleming, and Evan Brendan Jones-Sawyer; as well as his many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
The family held the service to a packed Paramount Baptist Church in Washington D.C. on Saturday, January 3. Fred will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Fred believed in education and would have wanted donations to be made in his honor to the California Legislative Black Caucus Scholarship Fund. Contact his son California State Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. at (213) 744-2111.