When word reached Dalton last year that one of its own, Joey Jones, had suffered catastrophic injuries in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack while serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines, his family’s pastor, the Rev. James Boyd wasted little time in making sure Jones would have everything he needed once he returned home.
Boyd knew the biggest obstacle Jones would face since he had lost both legs would be maneuvering around his home, which was not handicap friendly. So Boyd came up with a radical idea — build Jones a new house suiting his needs.
Boyd began calling people asking for donations of money and supplies. Residents responded with gusto, conducting yard sales, spaghetti dinners and gospel singings to help out. Plumbing, drywall, floorcovering and roofing were all donated, as well. The Dalton Homebuilder’s Association also happily pledged to do whatever they could to make the 1,344 square-foot home a reality.
“He’s a dedicated humanitarian and selfless, wanting to put the time in that it takes,” said Stanley Richardson, past president of the Dalton Homebuilder’s Association. “Even with the snow and needed to take care of his wife when she injured her knee, he hasn’t quit.”
Boyd and crew hope the house is move-in ready when Jones returns home permanently from undergoing rehabilitation in the Washington, D.C. area. Those interested in helping build the house can contact Boyd at (706) 876-5391 or (706) 847-6086. Monetary donations may be made at Regions Bank branches in Murray and Whitfield counties or mailed to Regions Bank, 509 S. Thornton Ave., Dalton, GA 30720, labeled “Joey Jones Fund.”
For sacrificing time and energy making sure a hometown military hero can live the rest of his life comfortably, The Daily Citizen names the Rev. James Boyd Citizen of the Week.
To nominate someone for Citizen of the Week call Lara Hayes at (706) 272-7717 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.