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Community mourns loss of beloved W.S. Hornsby teacher

Published: Apr. 11, 2021 at 5:57 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The W.S. Hornsby Elementary school community is in mourning after the sudden loss of beloved teacher Angela Barnes-Jones.

The school posted a tribute video to Mrs. Barnes-Jones on Facebook, depicting pictures of the teacher with fellow students and staff.

Tributes to the teacher and proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority have been pouring in on Facebook, stating the profound impact Barnes-Jones had on those who met her.

Former students say she didn’t just clock in and clock out.

“If they know Angie Barnes, they know that’s a pure, pure woman. They know that woman was a strong black woman, and she was strong for the community, not just for herself,” said former Laney High student Vergil Austin Jr..

Those who knew her say besides a teacher, she was also a cheerleader.

“The one that when everyone else has counted you out, she’s right there in your corner. She’s rooting you on, she’s telling you: you can do this,” said Deneiya Goodly, a former student.

And when she wasn’t a cheerleader, she took on the role as a caregiver.

“I remember a story of a young girl who was one of her students and she had a fire,” said Goodly. “Ms. Barnes helped buy her everything down to her underwear when her mother couldn’t afford it.”

And her calendar, always booked with people excited to spend time with who they affectionately called Miss B..

“We all had a date with Angela. My date with her was this past Saturday-- yesterday,” she said.

Now former students say there’s a whole generation of students who will miss out on her warm hugs.

“Honestly I feel bad for the little young men that she had at school now-- that are going to go to school Monday looking for her,” said Vergil Austin Jr..

They say Mrs. Jones-Barnes planted seeds all across the CSRA.

“The only way we can repay her is to plant yet another seed,” said Goodly. “To take that child that everyone else counted out and give them that hug that you know that Angela would have gave that baby.”

And those trees, even after she’s left, will only keep growing.

Former students say they expect her service will be next week.

The Richmond County coroner says Barnes-Jones died of natural causes.

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