|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1942|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 2004|
ATLANTA: Dr. Mack Jones, 61, known for generosity
By DERRICK HENRY
It didn't take Mack Jones' family long to figure out what he would be when he grew up.
"In his teens, Mack used to pretend to do surgery," said his sister, the Rev. Gloria Williams of Columbia. "When Dad asked him to work in the yard, he'd say he had to keep his hands safe. He didn't get away with that."
After earning a medical degree from Emory University in 1974 and serving his residency at Emory and Grady Memorial hospitals, Dr. Jones became an obstetrician and gynecologist. He had a private practice in downtown Atlanta, and also worked at Crawford Long, South Fulton and Southwest hospitals.
"He was truly an excellent surgeon," said Dr. Melody T. McCloud of Roswell, an OB-GYN who worked as an operating partner with Dr. Jones for nearly a decade at Crawford Long. "He took me and other physicians under his wing, and because of his guidance, I became the surgeon I am."
"Mack was more concerned about the whole patient than just the problem," said Dr. Benjamin E. Woods, who practices internal medicine. "Everyone admired his bedside manner. He was an excellent listener, and when he spoke, he thought about everything he said. He became a friend to his patients."
Dr. Jones spent so much time with his patients that those in the waiting area would become impatient, said his sister, who served as his office manager for five years.
"When he informed his clients that he was retiring in 1998, many of them vowed not to go to anyone else," she said.
Mack Arthur Jones, 61, of Atlanta died of kidney failure Sunday at Crawford Long Hospital of Emory University. The funeral is 11 a.m. today at Ben Hill United Methodist Church. Williamson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
"When Dr. Jones did an exam, he explained exactly what he was seeing in lay terms, and he made sure you understood what it was you needed treatment for," said Betty Brown-Williamson of Atlanta.
"Dr. Jones was very attentive, and very thorough," said another patient, Dr. Charletta Clark of Atlanta, former associate dean of the School of Education at Clark Atlanta University. "He was the best."
The Florida native commanded respect. "He was about 6-foot-3, and stood upright," said Mrs. Brown-Williamson. He seemed even taller wearing his trademark cowboy hat and boots, she said.
A savvy businessman, Dr. Jones bought old homes and renovated them, and invested in health care venues and fast-food franchises. For fun, he restored vintage cars. He had to build a big garage on the back of his house to provide space for his Porsche, Pontiac GTO and Trans Am, and various Chevys, his sister said.
"His house was more like an inn," his sister added. "Family or friends would come for a couple days, and stay a year or two."
"He helped a lot of people, but if they didn't tell you about it you would never have known," Dr. Woods said.
Survivors also include his wife, Vivian Malone Jones; a son, Michael A. Jones of Stockbridge; a daughter, Monica Shareef of Lithonia; three brothers, Roosevelt Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Eugene Jones and Willie L. Jones, both of Miami; two half-brothers, Benzell Floyd of Alexandria, Va. and Donzell Floyd of Winter Haven, Fla.; three other sisters, Katie Jones of Miami and Flora Wright and Elouise Mitchell, both of Bartow, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
© 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution .
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 4, 2004
Vivian Malone Jones (1942 - 2005)
Prominent Atlanta Physician
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