Former Kingston mayor leaves memory of vision for city with his passing
by Jessica Loeding
Mar 08, 2013 | 3587 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Remembered as an athlete and for his time in politics, former Kingston Mayor Dexter Jones passed away Thursday morning after a battle with esophageal cancer.

Taking office in January 2009, Jones became the first black mayor in Bartow County, serving a two-year term.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve done out here, and I just want to see it keep going,” Jones said in 2011 when he sought re-election. “It was a quick two years but that experience counts, and the connections I’ve been able to make inside the various government agencies can ... keep us going in the right direction.”

Calling him a family man, councilman Chuck Wise said Jones came in with a vision for the small town.

“He wanted the city of Kingston to grow and to prosper. He had a lot of dreams and great ideas for the community,” Wise said. “It was at times we didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of the things he was wanting, you know — his vision wasn’t always the same as mine. He meant well to the community as a whole.”

Jones was a Cass High School graduate where he stood out in sports, excelling in basketball and the high jump. He later attended Southern Illinois University and Shorter University for periods of time. Jones had worked as a mortgage broker, along with doing commentary for WBHF AM 1450 and serving as a board member for the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority.

He was a native of Cartersville. He is survived by his wife, Earnestine Young Jones, and their two sons, Dexter “Deuce” Jr. and Deacon.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later.