by Clellie Allen
ROLESVILLE — Town commissioners took a delightful turn from the regular business they usually handle to honor a special resident Monday night.
Mayor Frank Eagles got up from his usual position behind the counter and came around to speak in person to Dorothy Jones, 90, who was in the middle of a standing-room-only crowd.
“We are here tonight to honor a special person,” Eagles said. “I have gotten to know (her) very well. She’s meant a lot to me. She’s given me a lot of advice. She’s very wise.”
The mayor attended Jones’ 90th birthday party last year and was impressed with how much she had accomplished in her life.
“People all over the United States told me things Mrs. Dorothy had done for them,” he said.
“She was very instrumental in the youth at New Bethel Baptist Church. She was choir director, youth director, a little bit of everything.
“I was told she taught you respect, taught you what you needed to know, but if you misbehaved, she had a switch,” Eagles said to laughter. “And if you were a hungry kid, you went to Mrs. Dorothy and she would feed you.”
The award, which Jones receive in the form of a plaque, is a new one for the town and was named the Mayor of Rolesville Senior Black Citizen Award.
After the standing ovation calmed down, Jones shared what might be the secret to her long life: “I love God. God loved me first, and I love God. And I love my neighbor,” she said.
She thanked the mayor and Interim Police Chief Bobby Langston for checking on her regularly and how much she appreciated her friends and neighbors.
Then she said, “I will leave y’all with this: Let us all come together and love one another. Love your neighbor as y’alls self. And who is your neighbor? Anybody in need. Love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.”
And everyone responded with, “Amen.”