State Sen. Ed Jones, three-term Democrat from Halifax died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 62.
Jones spent most of his career as a North Carolina Highway Patrolman before being elected mayor of Enfield.
He represented Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Perquimans counties. He also served one term in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
“Sen. Ed Jones was a dedicated public servant who cared deeply for people – his family, friends, constituents, colleagues and even strangers,” said Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger of Eden. “He was truly one of the finest people I have ever met, and I will miss him greatly,''
Gov. Bev Perdue said, “Sen. Ed Jones was a dedicated public servant of North Carolina serving as a State Highway Patrolman for 30 years, former mayor and police chief of Enfield. He was an advocate for education and a strong voice for the law enforcement community in our state. Most of all, he was a great friend to me and I will always cherish our friendship. Bob and I thank him for his service to the people of North Carolina, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to his family.''
Congressman G. K. Butterfield added: As a tireless advocate for rural communities, his service touched us all. Senator Jones was a gentle soul devoted to his family, church, and community. I am deeply saddened by his passing and my sympathies are with his wife Mary Ann and the entire Jones family.”
Democratic Senate leader Martin Nesbitt said: "Senator Jones leaves behind him a legacy of public service and caring for the citizens of North Carolina. His knowledge of Public Safety and the Criminal Justice System was a tremendous asset to the General Assembly. Please keep Senator Jones’ family in your prayers during this time of sorrow. Senator Ed Jones will be thoroughly missed by all who were privileged to know him.'