BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Reverend T.J. Jemison passed away Friday evening, according to his son Ted Jemison, Jr. Jemison told NBC33 his father was 95 years old.
Family friend former State Representative Joe Delpit said Reverend Jemison will forever be remembered as an inspiration.
"[His legacy will be] well, as a great civil rights leader, as a builder for Mt. Zion, and also as a great preacher. "
Delpit will always remember Reverend Jemison as a friend and a mentor.
"Just his presence. He had a sense of humor, but he had so much wisdom and I'll miss having to talk to him," Delpit said.
Reverend Jemison was the pastor of Mount Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge for many years.
Delpit explained Jemison’s work went beyond the pulpit the preacher also fought for civil rights.
"I think an equal number will know him as a civil rights leader and as those who know him as a preacher. It was outstanding what he did in the area of civil rights," Delpit said.
Delpit says Jemison was an influential leader in the bus boycott of 1953 in Baton Rouge.
"The fact is Reverend Jemison gave the blueprint for the bus boycott to Dr. Martin Luther King, " Delpit said.
"Dr. King came to Baton Rouge to receive it. He and Dr. King were personal friends he even spoke at Mount Zion Church with the invitation of Rev. Jemison," Delpit said.
Delpit said Reverend Jemison will be greatly missed.
"He did so much in this community people will never forget him," Delpit stated.
Jemison’s son said funeral plans are pending.