I am a life-long Marion resident. My father retired from the textile business with Coats American (formerly American Thread). My mother is retired from the McDowell County school system (West McDowell Junior High School).
I grew up in the Pleasant Gardens area where I attended Pleasant Gardens Elementary school, West McDowell Junior High school, and McDowell High school. I then graduated from Gardner Webb University.
My wife, the former Shannon Bowman, and I met after college. She is from the Nebo area. She graduated from Appalachian State University in December 1997 and is employed by the McDowell County Department of Social Services. We have one child, a son named Bud Jones, born 01/02/03. Bud was the second child born at the McDowell Hospital in 2003.
I am active in the local Marion Rotary Club and have served as Secretary, Board of Director At-Large, and Treasurer. I currently serve on the Board of Trustees of the McDowell Hospital, Board of Directors of The Foundation of the McDowell County School System, and the Board of Directors of the McDowell Trails Association. I have served on the the Board of Directors of the McDowell Tech Foundation Board, the McDowell County Habitat For Humanity, the McDowell County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and several other boards. I am a Past President of the McDowell Board of REALTORS . I am also a former Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Marion.
I own rental houses in Marion, a house on Forest Heights (my residence), and I co-own a commercial building on the “Five Lane”, in Marion.
My activities include professional development courses, reading, civic activities, travel, and playing with Bud.
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Favorite Movie: Wall Street
Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate
Favorite Quote: Trust in God and believe in yourself. – Donald Trump
My favorite songs
I Can’t Drive 55 – Hagar
Fly Me To The Moon – Sinatra
Danger Zone – Loggins
My favorite links