Rev. Jones on late wife's impact on Jones brothers: "She was their greatest inspiration"

Camille Jones died from complications of diabetes on Sunday at age 55

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - The Jones family of professional athletes is mourning the loss of their mother over the weekend.

Camille Jones, of Endicott, died from complications of diabetes on Sunday at age 55.

She and her husband Reverend Arthur Jones had 4 children, 3 of whom became sports stars.

Arthur, Junior and Chandler are defensive linemen in the NFL and Jon is a star UFC mixed martial arts fighter.

All 3 graduated from Union-Endicott High School.

The couple's eldest child, daughter Carmen, died of a brain tumor in 2000.

NewsChannel 34 spoke with Reverend Jones on Tuesday.

He says Camille was a strong, smart and confident woman who cared deeply about her faith, her family and her community.

Reverend Jones says she never let her sons be lazy, making them do chores and volunteer to help the needy.

"She was their greatest inspiration, she was their greatest cheerleader and fan. She would go to the games and have pom-poms and she would get the other mothers and get them involved. She worked most of the time while I was able to attend their games. But she was proud of her boys. She pushed them to the hilt. As a matter of fact, we had a plan to go to Jon's fight July 29th in Anaheim," said Rev. Jones.

6 years ago, Camille lost her eyesight to diabetes but she continued her efforts in the community and at their church, Mount Sinai on Binghamton's Southside.

She helped organize the annual Martin Luther King Junior Day parade and church service, founded Mount Sinai's CHOW pantry and created her church's Summer Fun program for disadvantaged kids.

The Church of God in Christ is holding a women's convention in Greater Binghamton this week.

The group will be holding a memorial for Camille this Friday at 5 p.m. at Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City.


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