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President Pro-Tem Patsy Jones Recognized as Cancer Survivor at Wine Women & Shoes Event
Our very own Patsy Jones, President Pro-Tem of the Opelika City Council, was recognized at the EAMC Foundation Wine Women & Shoes event last night. Jones, along with Councilwoman Tiffany Gibson Pitts and several other city employees enjoyed a great evening. The event benefited The Cancer Center of East Alabama. Jones is a cancer survivor. 

President Pro-Tem Jones with Councilwoman Tiffany Gibson Pitts

Angela Norrell, Anita Comer, Patsy Jones, Lillie Finely, Denise Rogers

Jones with Candy Enkeboll, City of Auburn Cancer Survivor

Jones with EAMC CEO, Laura Grill

Patsy Jones. A pillar of the community. A leader. A retired educator. A friend. A survivor. Councilwoman Patsy Jones lives by the motto of an old Negro spiritual, “If I Can Help Somebody.” By doing so, her living is not in vain.She is driven to do her best helping others and giving service to all mankind each and every day.

Five months after a physical and clean bill of health, Patsy found a lump through self- examination. She could have crumbled; even been devastated, but Patsy chose to make it her goal to educate, encourage, and share her story with others. Through her journey, she found many loved ones, friends, and people in her community suffering from cancer. A strong believer in Christ, Patsy leaned on her faith and always felt God would bring her through the challenge. She had great support from her family, her friends, her pastor, and her fellow church members. She shared her passion with her church, which led to open dialogue and created a strong awareness of cancer. Under her leadership, a church team (Ferguson Chapel C.M.E. Church) was formed. This was the first African American team in the Lee County Relay for Life. In addition, Councilwoman Jones has been instrumental in organizing a Relay for Life team for her sorority Mu Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Pioneers in Purple, a team of female elected officials of government for the Power of Purple Contest conducted by the American Cancer Society. 

Continuing her dedication to the cause, as one of the Opelika City council members, Patsy introduced the first resolution passed (2004) to partner with the American Cancer Society to help eliminate cancer as a major health problem. The City of Opelika provides a special appropriation to assist in supporting the annual Relay for Life. She’s a firm believer in Relay for Life, having participated with Ferguson Chapel C.M.E Church for more than 16 consecutive years. Her dedication to the causes close to her heart (people-especially children and senior citizens) has brought her numerous awards, including recognition in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Most Honorable Teacher, State of Alabama Golden Teacher of the Year, Yearbook Dedication, Notable Women of East Alabama, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Hall of Fame, 2004 Women of Achievement of Girl Scouts Concharty Council, 2006 Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award and recently re-elected chairwoman of the Lee County Unit of Alabama Democratic Conference(ADC).

Mayor Gary Fuller, the Opelika City Council and the City of Opelika thank Councilwoman Patsy Jones for her leadership for 22+ years to the city. We appreciate all Patsy does to bring cancer awareness to Opelika. As a 19-year breast cancer survivor, Patsy has shown grace, amazing strength and unwavering courage to so many. Keep conquering Patsy. You are an inspiration!