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While Kyle Jones is being remembered for his dedicated service as a police officer and detective, his family and friends are remembering the man who was their friend.
Kyle Jones was also a loving father, son, husband, friend, baseball coach, role model and confidant.
He inherited a love of NASCAR from his late father Jerry Jones.
Jones’s father, a stock car racing fan, named his youngest son after Richard Petty’s son Kyle and Petty’s brother Maurice: Kyle Maurice Jones.
Many of Kyle’s friends have fond memories of watching races with him. Phone calls and email messages overwhelmed the Beacon office Tuesday as memories of Jones were shared and tears were cried.
Adam Stanley, BCSO
“Kyle was not only a co-worker, but one of my best friends. I have known Kyle for many years of my life. He was a great law enforcement officer and a true friend. He had much love for his family, friends and his career. Kyle had a passion for NASCAR and singing karaoke. His true love was his wife Lisa, and his greatest accomplishment was his daughter, Reyde. Kyle will be missed by many and his legacy will always be remembered.”
Tony Caison, BCSO
“Kyle was my brother, my partner and most of all my friend. We had a lot of long nights together working. Kyle would sing all the time. We would vent to each other and cry together after horrible crime scenes. Kyle was a very caring person who loved his family very much and was so proud of them. Kyle and my other co-workers worked very hard for me during a very difficult time for my family and I. When I was diagnosed with cancer, he was one of the first ones I called. He always kept me in good spirits. Kyle, I miss you. You have done so much for me and I know you did it out of love.
R.I.P. My Brother. Your friend always, Tony Caison”
Mark Hewett, Civietown Volunteer Fire Department
“Me and him have been friends since we were kids. It has absolutely devastated us. We just had lunch last week. We used to rib each other real hard—that’s just the way we were. I have known him my whole life. We are going to miss him something awful. It just don’t feel right. You won’t find a finer feller. He was loved by a lot of people. I have a lot a respect for him.”
David Moore, Shallotte
“I watched Kyle grow up. I was friends with his mom and dad. I was involved with the fire department in town when his dad was the mayor and an alderman. He is walking with his dad. His dad is very proud of what he has done. I never meet anybody any better than the Jones boys. They have been a big inspiration to a lot of people in town and the county... I feel like I’ve lost one of my family members. We’re going to miss that man…It is such a shock. At 41 years old you never expect that. He has been a friend to so many people in Brunswick County and Shallotte. I don’t know what we’re going to do. It’s going to be different without Kyle. He was an outstanding young man. We are certainly going to miss that young man.”
Meredith Stanley, 911 Call Center
“Kyle Jones was an amazing person. We not only worked together but he was family. I am going to miss him calling in or coming into the 911center and making us all laugh. I’ve known him since I was very young. He would always make you smile and laugh. He was a great detective and friend. He loved his little girl like crazy. She was his eyeballs. When he talked about her he was always smiling. Kyle, I love you and will always remember the good times we had. Keep a watch on all of us.”
Jeremy Hicks, Outer Banks
“I met Kyle in 2000 while I was working at Bald Head Island as a firefighter/paramedic. He was a police officer. I was new to the area and didn’t know anyone. Kyle and his wife took me in. We began one of the best friendships I’ve ever had in my life. He was a great man, a hell of a police officer, a great husband and a best friend. He would do anything for you… There are some people you meet and get to know and they never leave your heart. It’s just so heart-breaking. He was just a phenomenal man and a model husband. I have taken so many things that I saw with the way that he loved his wife and adopted them because I knew they were right. He is going to be missed by a lot of people, especially me. He was the stature of a man that every man needs to have in there life. He was just wonderful. If there is one person in my life other than my father and my grandfather that I would have immortalized on that pedestal it would be him. He was one of the top two friends, I’ve ever had.
Veronica Jenrette, Minnesota
“He and I were classmates. We graduated in 1989 from West Brunswick High School. The memories will always be there. I will always remember him as a good friend. We all went to school together. It’s sad because he was a really good kid, guy growing up. I have a lot of memories with him and that is what I will cherish.”
Coach Mike Alderson, Phebie, and family, WBHS
“… I remember coaching you in football and baseball your senior year at West Brunswick High School in 1988-89. Through the years our friendship grew into what you would say a true friendship. If someone asked for help in any way, you were there asking ‘What can I do?’ You voluntarily gave up precious time away from your own family to coach numerous kids from West Brunswick. These kids will always remember you and the impact that you made on their lives. For me, I’ll never forget all the good times and memories that our families shared throughout the years. Finally, this is something I never got the chance to tell you—I always thought of you as a son and one of the closest friends I ever had. Phebie and I will truly miss you. I’ll see you in the next life!”
Brad Ferguson, chaplain BCSO, New Beginnings Community Church, Shallotte
“He and Lisa and their daughter have been attending our church for the last six months. Part of what we do as chaplains is serving the law enforcement family of Brunswick County and that’s a privilege to be with these folks that are putting their lives on the line. Kyle was one of the best. It was a privilege to serve beside him.”
Lorenzo Pigott, WBHS
“Coach Kyle Jones was a great coach and a great friend. We had a lot of good times on the baseball field and off. We joked a lot and if it wasn’t for Mr. Kyle I probably would not have passed my senior project. I called him and he came in and said, ‘Zo, let’s knock it out.’ He had a big heart and I could always talk to him when I was in trouble and he would always help me. I have a lot of great memories and he will be missed and will be with me always. Love ya Coach Kyle, Ya boy Zo #35
L.C.& Teresa Pigott and family
“Mr. Kyle Jones was such a great man who served Brunswick County well while on this earth…lots of fond memories to cherish and he will forever be in our hearts.”
Beth Anne Arnold, Supply
“I have a fun Christmas story that is a great memory from Christmas 2011. I ran into Woody Dunn and Lisa Jones while Peter Arnold (my husband who worked with Kyle) and myself were buying ammo and looking at guns. I had never met Lisa so I had no clue in the near future we'd be running into her again. We talked a little bit with her and Woody, who was helping her pick out a gun as a Christmas gift for Kyle. I must have missed something or either we just didn’t have a clue that our husbands worked together. Well about a week or so later, we ran into but Kyle with his lovely bride at the sheriff's office Christmas party. I got all excited and I’m just like Lisa you don’t remember me? Seriously? We were just at Iron Traders getting guns and all that! Then there was that look. That “oh no” look like when you connect the dots and realize that you have totally put your foot in your mouth. It dawned on me that Lisa had of course bought that gun for Kyle for Christmas. All I could think was good job Beth Anne and we quickly went our separate ways and pretended like we had never met. Later we got together at a baby shower and I asked Lisa if I had ruined Kyle’s Christmas and she said he knew nothing. …What a wonderful family they are..”
Samantha Brooke Caton, N.C. State University
“Officer Jones was not just your typical police officer, family guy, dad or husband. He went out of his way for everyone including myself when I hit a couple rough patches. He has inspired me to pursue a career in law enforcement once I finish college and to always go for my dreams. I remember just last year when one of my very close friends passed away Officer Jones made sure to stay in touch with me the whole three hours I drove home just to make sure I made it OK and continued to stay in touch with me to make sure I was going to be OK. I can’t help but think about all the times I called him for advice on classes to take and what was going to lead me down the right road with going for the career of my dreams. He was a wonderful person all around and he will sure be missed.”
Pastor Ken, Chrisa, Kenny, Josh and Tim Powell, Supply
“We were new to the area when we first met Kyle. He was coaching our boys during the fall baseball season at WBHS. All three of our sons were on the team that fall, for the first time since they began playing ball as young boys. Our oldest expressed he had decided that would be his last season of baseball. When Kyle found out about that decision, he made it a point to be sure all three of our boys had one more opportunity to play on the field together. That consideration impacted our entire family. Sending lots of love and prayers to Lisa, Reyde, Mark and all the family…”