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Memphis Judge Teresa Jones has died

Jones served as judge for Division 1 of the Memphis Municipal Court
Credit: City of Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Judge Teresa Jones, who served as judge for Division 1 of the Memphis Municipal Court has died.

Saturday night, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland issued a statement on her passing.

“I’m sorry to learn today of the passing of Judge Teresa Jones who lost her battle with cancer. I was honored to appoint Teresa to the Memphis Municipal Court, Division One, before she was overwhelmingly elected in October of 2019. A long time public servant, Judge Jones applied her talent as a Shelby County school board member, Chief City Prosecutor, trial attorney, public defender and adjunct professor. She was also a competitive tennis player. Teresa Jones was a wonderful person, a skilled lawyer and a great judge who served our city well. Fortunately, I had the opportunity earlier in the week, not knowing it would be my last, to express those exact feelings to her. My sincere condolences to her family and friends in their time of grief,” Mayor Strickland said.

Jones was the District 2 representative on the Shelby County Board of Education in Tennessee from 2011 to 2019. She resigned in 2019 after she was appointed as Memphis Municipal Judge District 1.

She was a graduate of Byhalia High School and earned her B.A. in Mass Communications and Business from Lane College in 1981. Jones received her law degree from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis in 1986.