Statement from Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeBerry; Nov. 9, 2010:
“No words can truly express the sorrow I feel for the loss of such a loving and caring individual. Ulysses Jones, Jr. was a legislator that everyone liked on both sides of the aisle, and a man that all Tennesseans could love.
Too often our politics become personal and petty, but Ulysses never let it get to him. He was willing to call anyone friend, Republican or Democrat, if you would call him the same. As a firefighter and a paramedic, Ulysses was always thinking about people in need and what he could do to help those who were suffering. Ordinary Tennesseans today lost their champion in the legislature.
I remember the first day he arrived in the House of Representatives like it was yesterday, and that same man who started here nearly 25 years ago is the one who left us suddenly this morning. I will cherish his friendship, remember him every time I walk on the House chamber floor, and never forget the legacy he left on this great state.”