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Dexter Aaron Jones

June 3, 1956 ~ January 13, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Dexter Jones Obituary

“Your life was a BLESSING, Your memory a TREASURE,

You are LOVED beyond words and missed beyond MEASURE.”


     Dexter Aaron Jones, son of the late Willie John Jones and Susie Hortense High Jones, was born on Sunday, June 3, 1956 in Halifax County, North Carolina.

     Dexter was educated through the Roanoke Rapids City School System. At a tender age, he accepted Christ, was baptized and he united in Christian fellowship with First Baptist Church of (Hodgestown), Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country from December 10, 1973 to February 15, 1974, before being Honorably Discharged.

      “...Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1: 9) Dexter was a kind and giving person. He loved people and never met a stranger. He was also a true jokester-at-heart, who kept everyone laughing. However, he knew when to be serious, as it was needed to land employment. Dexter was the first African American Firefighter with the City of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He later became gainfully employed with CSX Corporation, from which he retired.

     “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” (Maya Angelou) Early in life, Dexter met the love of his life, Vivian Banks. They were united in Holy Matrimony on Saturday, November 30, 1985 and shared 37 years of marital bliss.

     "Life is but a stopping place, A pause in what’s to be, A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, Different paths along the way, We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay… Our destination is a place, Far greater than we know. For some the journey is quicker, For some the journey’s slow. And when the journey finally ends, We’ll claim a great reward, And find an everlasting peace, Together with the Lord." On Friday, January 13, 2023. Dexter departed this life’s journey and entered into eternal rest. In addition to his parents, Dexter was preceded in death by two siblings, Donati R. High, Sr. and Debra J. Bennett.

     Your life was full of loving deeds, forever thoughtful of our special needs. Today and tomorrow, our whole life through, we will always love and cherish you. Treasured memories will forever remain in the hearts of: his wife, Vivian D. Jones of the home; two children, Damien (Jaleah) Bassett of Woodbridge, Virginia and Karma Jones of the home; two grandchildren, Javell and Jeremiah both of Woodbridge, Virginia; his siblings Mertikae (Sherman) Hill of Randallstown, Maryland, Willie Sue (Charles) Green of Swan Quarter, North Carolina, Terrie (Sherman) Wilkins of Jarratt, Virginia, Terrance (LaKasia) Jones of Lake City, Florida, Nolita (Alvin) Lundy of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Lolita (Frank) McNair of Gaston, North Carolina and Marcus (Erika) Jones of Enfield, North Carolina; sisters & brothers-in-law, Vanessa R. High, Brenda (Cliford) Winston, Yvonne Brown, Shirley Taylor, Eric (Lateess) Banks, Wayne (Veronica) Banks and Edward (Brenda) Banks; aunts & uncles, Barbara Solomon, Mary Moore, Agnes Moody, Madeline (Allen) Gilliam, Wilhemenia (Oliver) Jones and Annie (Maurice) Taylor; nieces & nephews, Latanya, Shannon, Yannah, Donati Jr., Chad, Erica, Dedric, Jonathan, Travis, Brittney, Jasmine, Tasheena, Brandon, Jamaria, Marquis and MaKayla; twenty great-nieces & nephews; one great, great-niece; a host of loving relatives and friends.


Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Mr. Jones' tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family. 


The Management and Staff of Knox-High Mortuary, Inc. is privileged to provide

"Distinctive Services, With The Essence Of Excellence"

to the family of Mr. Dexter Aaron Jones.

We ask that you join us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer. 

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January 20, 2023

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

January 21, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Celebration of Life
January 21, 2023

11:00 AM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Interment following funeral service
January 21, 2023

Crestview Memorial Cemetery
489 Smith Church Road
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870


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