A public funeral service for Johnny "Lam" Jones is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, March 22 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1010 East 10th Street in Austin. Viewing will be Thursday, March 21, from 3-9 p.m. at Mission Funeral Home Serenity Chapel, 6204 South 1st Street in Austin.
Jones' body will be cremated, and his remains will be placed at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin at a later private ceremony.
Jones was a member of the Lampasas Badgers' 1976 state-champion mile relay team and gold medalist at the Olympics in Montreal the same year. He died Friday morning at a Round Rock hospital. He was 60.
In 2005, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma -- a rare form of cancer that attacks the blood and bone marrow.
Jones was an All-State running back in high school for the Lampasas Badgers and was recruited by legendary University of Texas Coach Darrell Royal to play football for the Longhorns. He was an All-Southwest Conference selection there, and he went on to play for the New York Jets pro football team.
At the 1976 Class AAA state track meet at Memorial Stadium in Austin, Jones ran the anchor leg on the Badgers’ mile relay team. After he took the baton, he made up a distance of at least 40 yards – by some accounts it was as much as 75 yards – and raced ahead of everyone else to win. The electrifying run set off a wild celebration, and Jones’ performance is regarded as one of the most spectacular moments in state track history.
Funeral arrangements are pending. The family is accepting donations to pay for expenses at Johnny “Lam” Jones Memorial Fund, 3112 Windsor Road, P.O. Box 322, Austin, TX 78703, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Trustees of the fund are Jones’ former teammates Alfred Jackson, Lawrence Sampleton, Donnie Little and Steve Massey.
The Statesman said Jones will be buried in the Texas State Cemetery, according to a close friend.