FTJEF is an IRS 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
Founded March 22, 2021
Frederick Theodore Jones

Frederick Theodore Jones


Our Mission

Financially assist students in Liberia, West Africa with tuition and fees, books, uniforms, school lunches, transportation, tutoring and medical checkup.


Our Vision

The Frederick Theodore Jones Foundation’s vision is to help minimize the financial burden of students enabling them to be more successful in achieving their educational goals.

Frederick Theodore Jones, affectionately known as “Freddie”, was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa on October 28, 1925 to Mr. Emeric Edwin Jones and Mrs. Theodora Hamelberg Jones.

He attended the St. Edward’s Primary and Secondary schools in Freetown from 1934 to 1942 and successfully passed the University of London (England)  Matriculation Examination. He excelled academically and also in sports and was named the soccer and cricket captain. In 1943, he entered the Sierra Leone Civil Service as a Customs Officer and resigned in 1948.

On June 10, 1948, Freddie traveled to Monrovia, Liberia on a six-week vacation. During that short time, he was so impressed with what he saw, that he took the boldest step in his life to leave relatives and friends in Sierra Leone and made Liberia his new home. In 1950, he became a Liberian Citizen and married Miss Rose Tisdell on January 17, 1951.

In 1951, Freddie joined the First Infantry Regiment of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and was commissioned Second and First Lieutenant. He was later  commissioned to full Colonel, Divisional Inspector General and rose to the rank of Brigadier General.

From 1949 to 1955, Freddie worked with the Liberia Company and handled the Delta Line Shipping Agency. He then resigned and worked in the private fishery industry traveling to the Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Senegal from 1955 to 1957. He then joined the Liberian Construction Corporation in 1957 and worked there until 1968.
He resigned the LCC in 1968 due to lack of contracts and accepted an offer from the Liberian Company as Agent of Delta Lines, Inc, New Orleans, USA. Furthering, his studies, Freddie obtained an Associate Degree in Accounting from the University of Liberia.

He received numerous commendations and decorations including the Commander Star of Africa from the Liberian Government.

With the inauguration of the Ancient and Noble Order of the Knights of St John in Monrovia in 1954, Freddie became a founding member holding several positions as Secretary, Treasurer and President. He was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Paul VI for his outstanding service to the Catholic Church in Liberia. He was ordained a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Monrovia on May 10, 1982. After retirement in 1983, he was appointed Secretary General of the National Catholic Secretariat and National Coordinator for the National Catholic Development Office in Monrovia, Liberia.

Freddie fled Liberia in November 1990 due to the civil war and settled in the United States of America becoming a U.S. Citizen on January 13, 2010. He worked in Schaumburg, IL and for the Cobb County government in Georgia and retired in March 2001 to care for his wife who had suffered a stroke.

Freddie has five children, several grand and great grandchildren, ten siblings, four of whom have predeceased him, several nieces, nephews, and cousins in various parts of the world.