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Obituary for Doward Nixon Jones, Jr.
Doward Nixon Jones, Jr., 68, of Roper died Monday, October 28, 2019, at Vidant Bertie Hospital in Windsor. He was born in Elizabeth City to the late Doward Nixon Jones and Hope Gray Jones. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Lynn Jones Ennis and step-father, Allie McLeod Stanton. He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Arden Bateman Jones of Roper, NC; son, Phillip Chappell Jones of Winterville, NC; brother Allen Jones (Georgina) of Raleigh, NC; mother-in-law, Geraldine Bateman of Plymouth, NC; six nieces and nephews as well as seven grand-nieces and -nephews.
A well-known regional photographer and author, for which he earned numerous accolades, he operated the Doward Jones Photography Gallery and Studio and Beacon Printing, Inc., in Plymouth, NC. He previously served as Publisher and Publisher Emeritus of The Roanoke Beacon in Plymouth.
Doward was deeply engaged in capturing and memorializing historical ways of living in North Eastern North Carolina. In Washington County, where his family moved in 1962, he spearheaded storytelling events (Cowboys on the Water; Fishy Tales); local nature tours and photo-shoot events. He chaired the Washington County Waterways Commission, whose most notable project was the establishment of the Roanoke River Maritime Museum and Lighthouse, a replica of the 1866 Lighthouse, which provided navigational aid at the mouth of the Roanoke River, now sits on Water Street in downtown Plymouth and across the street from the museum that displays hand-made boats, photographs and artifacts depicting the importance of the local waterways to regional life.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Plymouth. Family will receive friends at the church following the service and other times at the residence.
Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.