Mrs. Kathryn Paxton Jones
1996 Honorary Alumni
Mrs. Kathryn Paxton Jones came to Johnson City in 1934 after earning her bachelor of science degree in home economics and human ecology from Ohio State University. This talented and gentle lady joined her publisher husband, Carl A. Jones, in the move to Northeast Tennessee. Here, the couple devoted their time and energy to the newspaper publishing business, their children and to this community.
Mrs. Jones' late husband was well known as a community leader and as publisher of the Johnson City Press. For 25 years, Mrs. Jones wrote a column on birds for the newspaper. Today, she is still a writer and a newspaper consultant.
In addition to her newspaper work, Mrs. Jones served as chairman of the Johnson City Public Library for many years. She played a key role as president of the library during the fund-raising and construction phases of the library building.
Community and civic work are still important to her. She is a member of the Sarah Hawkins Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Elizabethton Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, and the Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. She is also active in the United Methodist Women and is a member of the American Pen Women. While a student at OSU, Mrs. Jones was a member of Dilletantes, Alpha Xi Delta, and Phi Epsilon Omicron Honorary Home Economics Society.
A strong supporter of East Tennessee State University, Mrs. Jones has contributed to many scholarships and is a member of Challenge 2000 and the ETSU Foundation.
The Defiance, Ohio, native is the mother of Alice Torbett, John Jones, Tim Jones, and Carleton Jones. She has 11 grandchildren. In addition to her commitment to and enjoyment of her family, Mrs. Jones enjoys writing, bird watching and gardening.