Bob Jones, 72, All-American and former Falcons player


Bob Jones was born on February 10th, 1951, in Boardman, Florida, the youngest son of Marie Jones and one of 7 siblings. He played football, basketball, track, and volleyball at Fessenden High School.

He was an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) All-American defensive back while playing for Virginia Union University. Bob was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He played four total seasons with the Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.

Bob Jones
Bob Jones

After his playing career, Bob worked at Super-Valu Foods and Clayton County, GA government until his retirement. He was an NCAA and Georgia High School Football referee for over 20 years and coached his sons and grandson in youth sports.

Bob leaves a bereaved family behind that stretches from Philadelphia down to Florida. They include his wife of over 40 years, Carolyn; brothers, Floyd (Samantha) and Robert (Janice); sisters Vivian Lee (Roy), Louise, and Mary (Olin); daughter Natasha (Abdul) and sons Bobby Rashad (Lauren) and Brandon (Desirrae); 7 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins who will continue to pray for him. He is predeceased by his brother David, sister Rose, and mother Marie.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 22, 2023, at Divine Faith Ministries International, 9800 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Georgia.