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Auto dealerships owner 'Deacon' Jones dies

Posted January 3, 2010

— North Carolina auto dealerships owner Bobby Kenneth "Deacon" Jones died in Florida on Saturday after suffering a heart attack last week, according to a former employee.

The 69-year-old Princeton resident started the Deacon Jones Automotive Group, which includes 12 dealerships throughout Wayne, Cumberland and Johnston counties.

According to the Casey Funeral Home in Princeton, funeral arrangements are still pending.


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  • flipper59 Jan 4, 2010

    I once worked a short period of time at one of his many dealerships as a Tech. After the discovery of a salary dispute i left for the day but left my tool chest there. Me Deacon called me the next day and wanted to know what had occurred. After hearing my side he asked that i return to work for the original amount i was told i would be paid. One of his boys called me as well. Although i never went back his phone call left me a memory of respect for his family. Neither of them had to do that. I continued my work at home where I was when first offered the job. RIP Mr. Deacon

  • Historian-the naked gardener Jan 4, 2010

    "It has been known that he was living in Florida and the wife was living in Princeton."

    They are my neighbors and friends and that is simply not true.

  • NCTeacher Jan 4, 2010

    Some people have no respect for the dead or the grieving family left behind. I'm sure they are thrilled to have rumors circulating about their personal lives right now. Whether he was divorced or not, does not take away from the life he lived and the wonderful things he did for people while he was living. And the fact that he had to lay people off from his dealerships has absolutely no bearing on it either. He was a smart businessman- you don't own that many dealerships if you are unable to make good financial (NOT personal) decisions.

  • whoc13 Jan 4, 2010

    It has been known that he was living in Florida and the wife was living in Princeton.

  • Tizu Jan 4, 2010

    There are some classless comments on this thread. Humor has it's place and time...I don't think there is anything humorous about this story. It's tragic and it is unfortunate to the entire "Deacon Jones" family, this includes his employees and anyone who ever purchased a car from one of his dealerships.

    Mr. Deacon donated lots of money to Johnston county schools, he is largely responsible for the new Princeton Elementary school being built.

  • discowhale Jan 4, 2010

    I was sorry to hear this news. I never bought a car from Mr. Jones, but I used to work on some of his garage equipment. He was always friendly and I NEVER got the idea that he thought he was better than the next guy, simply because he was well off. He always talked to me man to man about our dealings, that was unusual for the dealership owners.

    My condolences to his family, I'm sure he will be missed by those who knew him.

  • Historian-the naked gardener Jan 4, 2010

    Deacon was a wonderful person with a kind and compassionate heart!!! He was a great son, husband, daddy, and my friend and neighbor, he will be missed!!!


  • redman4 Jan 4, 2010

    Sweet man who always helped out those in need. He will be rewarded in heaven for all the work he did here on earth. And contrary to the comment posted below he and his wife never divorced. Great family man!

  • FromClayton Jan 4, 2010

    well thats to bad. I always liked the guy the few times i met him. bought several cars from him. and wow that house! RIP Deacon.

  • corey3rd Jan 4, 2010

    it is odd that the guy is younger than the football hall of famer Deacon Jones. Did he ever get sued for using the more famous guy's nickname?