Fred W. Jones, Jr.

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Fred W. Jones, Jr.

City Judge for Ruston, Louisiana
In office
December 1954 – December 1966

Judge of the Louisiana 3rd Judicial District Court
In office
January 1967 – December 1980

Judge of the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal
In office
January 1981 – December 1990
Succeeded by Henry Newton Brown, Jr.
Constituency Bienville, Bossier, Caldwell, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Union, Webster, and Winn parishes

Born October 24, 1924
Rayville, Richland Parish

Louisiana, USA

Resting place Pines Memorial Gardens in Ruston
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Anelle Swetman Jones
Children Sherryl J. Tucker

Denise J. Wiltcher
Michelle J. Barker
Three grandchildren

Residence Ruston, Louisiana
Alma mater Louisiana State University

LSU Law Center

Occupation Judge; Attorney
Religion Baptist

Military Service
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Assistant Staff Judge Advocate
Battles/wars World War II; Korean War

Fred W. Jones, Jr. (October 24, 1924 – October 22, 2000), was a judge of three levels of court in his native Louisiana, based in Ruston in Lincoln Parish.


A native of Rayville in Richland Parish,[1] Jones was the son of Fred "Dink" Jones, Sr. (1902-1954). His mother (1902-1926) died before Fred was even two years of age. The senior Joneses are interred at Masonic Cemetery in Rayville.[2]

Jones graduated from Louisiana State University and the LSU Law Center in Baton Rouge. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1949.[3] Jones served in the United States Army during World War II and was an assistant staff judge advocate in the Korean War.[4]

Jones was married to the former Anelle Swetman (1927-2009), a daughter of Emory G. Swetman (1901-1963) and the late Ruby F. Stringer Swetman. Jones was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis International. He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Ruston and a trustee of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.[1] In their later years, they were members of a non-Southern Baptist congregation, the Northminster Church in Monroe, Louisiana. The Joneses had three daughters, Sherryl J. Tucker and husband, Robert, of Baton Rouge, Denise J. Wiltcher and husband, Thomas, of Amarillo, Texas, and Michelle J. Barker and husband, Mark, of Knoxville, Tennessee. There were also three grandchildren.[5]


Jones held the elected position of Ruston city judge from December 1954 until 1966, when he then became judge of the Louisiana 3rd Judicial District for Lincoln and Union parishes, based in Ruston.[4] In 1975, Judge Jones ran for the first time, unsuccessfully, for the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal, based in Shreveport and encompassing nine parishes. He lost to fellow Democrat Charles Allen Marvin, a native of Jonesville in Catahoula Parish who had briefly resided in Jones' Richland Parish but was then the district attorney of Bossier and Webster parishes.[6] The DA position is now held by Marvin's son, Schuyler Marvin. Charles Marvin polled 16,106 votes; Jones, 14,521. No Republican filed for the judicial positon. Marvin succeeded the retiring Judge H. Welborn Ayres, a native of Natchitoches Parish, who retired at the mandatory age of seventy-five.[7] In 1980, Jones was elected to the Circuit Court of Appeal as a colleague of Judge Marvin. He retired from the court in December 1990.[4]

Jones was a member of the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges and the American Judicature Society.[6] He often spoke out in public forums on the breakdown of the American family. "The most effective deterrent of crime in this country is the strengthening of family ties ... bringing the people of a family together."[1] Similar remarks were often made by other state court judges, including James Edwin Bolin, Sr. (1914-2002), of Minden[8] and George W. Hardy, Jr., of Shreveport.[9]

Jones died two days before his 76th birthday[4] and is interred alongside his wife at Pines Memorial Gardens in Ruston.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Fred Jones is speaker at Jaycee proceedings", Minden Press-Herald, March 14, 1975, p. 1
  2. Fred W. "Dink" Jones. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.
  3. Judge Profile: Fred W. Jones, Jr.. Retrieved on June 20, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 In Memoriam: Retired Judge Fred W. Jones, Jr.. Retrieved on June 20, 2015.
  5. Anelle S. Jones. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Jones will seek judgeship," Minden Press-Herald, April 2, 1975, p. 1.
  7. Minden Press-Herald, May 15, 1975, p. 1.
  8. "Bolin Civitan Guest," Minden Press-Herald, September 17, 1969, p. 1.
  9. Appeal court judge, former mayor dies. Shreveport Journal (July 17, 1967). Retrieved on February 1, 2015.
  10. Fred W. Jones, Jr.. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.