Savanna Rotary award

Matt Jones holds the 2019 Service Above Self plaque presented to him by The Rotary Club of Savanna. Also pictured are, from left, Rotarian Gloria Miner, Matt Jones, his mother Jean Jones, and Rotarians Rhonda Tipton and Bill Wright.

Matt Jones has been named the 2019 recipient of the Rotary Club of Savanna’s Service Above Self Award.

The award recognizes an individual from the Savanna area for their dedication to the community, both professionally and through their community service.

“Not only has Matt Jones followed in his father's footsteps in the family funeral business (Law-Jones Funeral Homes), but also in his commitment to serve his community,” the Rotary Club of Savanna said.

Matt's father, Mel Jones, was one of the first Savanna community members to be given the Service Above Self Award in 1989

Matt Jones served as Carroll County deputy coroner for 14 years prior to being elected coroner in 2004, a position he still holds today.

"Matt is a true professional in running the family business,” said Savanna Rotarian Bill Wright. “He has a true gift in dealing with families during extremely stressful and difficult times. His comforting and caring manner along with his wit and good sense of humor is a true asset to our community."

Jones has been a Savanna Rotarian for 26 years, serving as president in 1995.

He was a founding member of the Great River Outreach (GRO) in Savanna in 2007 and 10 years later serves as the board president. GRO focuses on meals at The Table, the Youth Summer Stronghold Bible Cam and life skills workshops.

While keeping busy with community service, Jones also raised six children, coaching for some of their teams and being involved in the West Carroll Sports Boosters with a four-year stint as president.

"Teamwork is the key to my success,” said Jones in accepting the Savanna Rotary’s Service Above Self Award. “You can't go wrong when you align yourself with great teams of people."