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Ludie Olivia

January 28, 1916 – October 3, 2018

Ludie Jones
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Obituary for Ludie Olivia Jones

Ludie Olivia Jones
Performer, Ludie Jones was born in NYC on January 28, 1916. She is one of 5 children born to Cottle Pearl Watkins from Roanoke, Virginia and Luther O' Binner Jones from Georgia. Ludie graduated from the NYC public school system in 1934 and went directly into the entertainment business. She joined "Lew Leslie's Blackbirds," a Black musical, as a chorus girl. She was a member of the "Lang Sisters" along with Marion Worthy and Peggy Wharton who were the opening act for Louis Armstrong at the Paramount Theater in NYC.
During her career Ludie created "The Three Pom Poms" in the early 1940's. They were the opening act for Cab Calloway and they entertained the troupes at many USO shows during WWII In 1948 the trio travelled abroad to Japan, Okinawa, and the Philippines. They were active thru 1954, at which time Ludie took employment at the NYC Telephone Company
until 1978.
Ludie resumed her career in 1982 with "The Swinging Seniors". In 1984 she joined the "Shades of Harlem", a Cotton Club Cabaret Musical playing at the Village Gate in NYC. She was a featured performer in "The Rennaisance Ladies". The show toured the USA and abroad to Japan, Monte Carlo, Lithuwania and the jazz festival in Italy. While with the show Ludie taught tap dance to the seniors at Kennedy Center in Harlem, NY. She and her friend Ruby Riley formed the "Tapping Seniors", a performing group who entertains at hospitals, health fairs and various community functions. In 1984 Ludie was asked to be a guest artist at the Apollo Theater in "Motown Returns to the Apollo. "Her last public appearance was in 2005 in Little Rock, Arkansas with the "Shades of Harlem".
She is the recipient of numerous recognition awards, honoree awards, newspaper write ups, magazine articles, and radio & TV interviews.
Ludie is especially proud of two Proclamations. In 2008 she was the honored guest at the 17th Annual Tap St. Louis Festival (Heritage Institute) where she received the city Proclamation.
She received the NYC Proclamation at Kennedy Center in the presence of her close friends. Ludie, presently, at the age off 102ys. is still very active. She enjoys her time at home but she also continues her volunteer work at Kennedy Center. She teaches tap dance twice a week to new and old students and she participates in Line Dancing.
She always has a twinkle in her eye and a beautiful smile on her face.
Ludie leaves to cherish her loving memories nephew William (Agnes) Jones, grandnieces and nephews Stephen, Erica, Stephanie; Godchildren Clarice, Nikki, Cynthia, Gloria and Lorraine.

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Service Information

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Rev. Floyd Hollington
Metropolitan Baptist Church
151 W128th Street
New York, NY