Carolyn Jones Obituary, Death – Elegant, brave, and strong, Mrs. Carolyn Goolsby Jones. Carolyn died in a hospital with her family on January 21, 2023. On August 5, 1943, Clyde and Paralee Goolsby tenderly nurtured Carolyn in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After inheriting religion, family, character, leadership, and business, she became a successful businesswoman, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and church mother. Carolyn attended Chattanooga’s New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. After joining Hawkinsville Missionary Baptist Church, she served as Advisor of the Mission/Mothers’ Ministry, Pastor’s Advisor,
President of the newly formed HMBC Operation Community Impact, Chair of the Policies and Procedures Committee, and on many other committees until her retirement. death. Carolyn led her church with passion. Chattanooga Public Schools’ 1961 Howard High School graduation. After high school, Carolyn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a RHIA certification and a BS in Health Records Administration. Health Information Management, Information Technology, and Classified Information Management were Carolyn’s remarkable credentials. Carolyn’s records and practices affected information management.
Motown Records’ receptionist/secretary was Mrs. Jones. She managed a large minority-owned firm. Her employer, the Motown Museum, employs 2,000 graduates. That encounter spurred Carolyn to create a pioneering medical records business in 1980. Her company was Chattanooga-based minority woman-owned C.J. Enterprises, Inc. For nearly 40 years, Mrs. Jones and her devoted husband, Edward G. Jones, Executive Vice President and Co-owner of CJE, serviced various health organizations, businesses, and government agencies. They hired approximately 100 consultants and staff in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky,
Indiana, and Ohio alongside New Zealand companies. Carolyn was a founder of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Chattanooga Chapter, a Board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Leadership Institute, and a Chattanooga Leadership Graduate. She was named Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Small Business “Person of the Year” and Women in Business Advocate.
“Started with a Dream and Spiritual Guidance” was Carolyn’s mantra. She helped people achieve their goals while smiling. Clyde and Paralee Culver, Taylor Culver, Bettye (William) Holloway, Fred Conyers, and Brian Johnson predeceased Carolyn.
She leaves her faithful and loving husband of 42 years, Edward G. Jones, and her devoted children: Charles (Dwant to) Kimbrough of Chattanooga, TN, Arthur (Natasha) Herring of Reserve, LA, Larketta Johnson of St. Louis, MO, Edward L. Jones, Kesha Jones both of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren: Lya J. Kimbrough, Jaida D. Kimbrough, both of Chattanooga, TN, Jeremy L. Kimbrough of Huntsville, AL, Darius Herring of Murfreesboro, TN, Cne’ Nicole Mitchel Macken Friday, January 27, 2023, J.P. Franklin Funeral will have a visitation from 1–6 pm.