PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. (WNCT) – The town of Pine Knoll Shores is celebrating the life of the late Ken Jones.
Jones served as Mayor since 2009 in multiple capacities.
Jones passed away from natural causes on May 14 and town officials say he will be “deeply missed.” He served 12 years in the United States Air Force.
On Wednesday, the town hall was transformed into a memorial site. It included pictures of Jones, flowers, and his ashes. Friends are looking back on his years in politics and how he loved being part of town parades.
Clark Edwards is currently filling in as mayor. He says Jones was a good, dedicated man and was shocked to hear the news.
“No way, you would’ve thought what you saw the night before that would be the situation. I guess one way how peaceful to go,” said Edwards.
Guests wore wear face masks when they walked in.
He is survived by his mother in Michigan. The town will send her a condolence book so she could see how he touched people in life.
The town now has a committee to look for its next mayor. Officials hope to select someone in time for their July meeting.