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Holmes instructor David Jones selected as Moody Institute Fellow

Holmes instructor David Jones selected as Moody Institute Fellow

David R. Jones, Funeral Service Technology instructor at Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, has been selected as a 2016 Moody Institute Fellow. 

The Moody Institute Trust Fund (MITF) was established in 1990 in honor of Dr. George V. Moody, the first Executive Director of the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges (SBCJC). The purpose of the Institute is to provide funds for enrichment experiences for faculty members employed in Mississippi's public community and junior colleges. 

The MITF Board evaluated a number of outstanding applications and selected Jones as one of the successful proposals. He will be recognized at the Mississippi Community College Foundation Board meeting on Tuesday, April 26.

Jones has been an instructor at Holmes since 2013 and a licensed funeral service professional since 1993. He currently serves as a funeral director and embalmer for Lakewood Memorial Funeral Homes and Cemeteries in Jackson. Prior to working in Jackson, Jones worked as the general manager for Lathan Funeral Homes and Magnolia Lawn Cemetery in Jackson, Alabama. He has also served as co-owner of Gulf Engravers and Mortuary Transport in Moss Point and worked for Pine Crest Funeral Home in Mobile, Alabama; Riemann Funeral Homes in Gulfport; James F. Webb Funeral Home in Meridian, and Phillips Funeral Home in Gilbertown, Alabama.

Jones is national board-certified and licensed in Mississippi (1993) and Alabama (1997). He earned his A.A. in funeral service education from East Mississippi Community College, his bachelor's in technology and his master's in continuing education from the University of West Alabama. At Holmes, Jones teaches Embalming I, Embalming II, Clinical Embalming I, Clinical Embalming II, Funeral Directing, Funeral Merchandising and Management, Psychosocial Aspects of Funeral Service, Comprehensive Review, and Mortuary Anatomy I.

For more information about Holmes Community College's Funeral Service Technology program, contact program director Dr. Thomas Garrett at or (601) 605-3327.

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