Artie Jones Jr.
Council member Jones is a fifth generation native of St. Marys, Georgia who graduated from Ralph J. Bunche High School. He served in the Unites States Army and received an Honorable Discharge in 1971. He matriculated at Georgia Military College where he received an Associates Degree and later received a Bachelors Degree from Valdosta State University. Artie is the father of four adult children-three sons and a daugher and has 12 grandchildren. He worships at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints and has been a member since 1978.
A majority of Artie's professional career was spent at St. Marys Railroad where he retired as a supervisor of locomotive engineers for 33 years. Artie was also a sucessful business owner with his wife for over 15 years where they operated Krayons Academy and Krayons Academy 2, two childcare learning centers in St. Marys and Kingsland, Georgia.
Throughout Artie's life he has been engaged in numerous civic, political and community organizations in Southeast Georgia. He is a graduate of the Charter Class of Leadership Camden of 1986, served several terms as a Camden County Commissioner from 1979 - 1996 serving two years as the Vice-Chairman and two years as the Chairman of the Commissioners. As an elected official some of Artie's most notable accomplishments that contiue to provide a noteworthy service include but is not limited to organizing the first County wide Recreation Department (Public Service Authority) in Camden County, Chairman of the Chief Elected Officials Council for the Job Training Partnership Act of the (PIC) Private Industrial Council, and helped in organizing the first County wide Humane Society in Camden County. He also headed the efforts to recycling in the county.
In the community Artie has served in numerous organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Kings Bay Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Camden Kings Bay Employers Committee, Exectuve Board member for the Camden County Quarterback Club, President of Ralph J. Bunche High School Alumni Association, and the Bryan Lang Historical Archives. He enjoys spending time with his grandkids, weight training, spin classes, and playing golf in his spare time.