MOULTRIE, Ga. — Saturday, Aug. 3, would have been Terry Jones's 51st birthday.
Jones was stabbed to death in July 1985 while waiting for the Northwest Pool to open. His mother, Jacquelyn Pollard, decided no parent should go through what she went through, so she created Community Day, an event to bring the people of the community together in peace. The first one was held one year after her son’s death.
Thirty-three years later, Moultrie still celebrates Community Day at recreation facilities within 100 yards or so of where Jones was killed.
Festivities began about 9 a.m. Saturday at William Bryant Park on Seventh Street Northwest. Other activities are taking place in the Ryce Community Center, Shaw Gym, the Northwest Pool and Drew Field, all very close to the park.
Thirty-three white balloons were released about 10:15 a.m. in memory of Jones and in honor of this being the 33rd annual Community Day event.
Activities continue through the afternoon, and the festival ends with a dance 7-11 p.m. at Shaw Gym.