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Park dedicated in memory of popular radio personality

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - He died in 2010, but that did not stop his family and friends from fulfilling one of his dreams.

Popular radio personality Randy Jones was a co-founder of Hillbilly Christmas in July, a group that raises money for the Shriner's Hospital, and Tuesday his friends and family unveiled a park he always hoped for.

His friends say he had the biggest heart.

"He poured himself into his charity, into his children, and into his god. What a lesson," said Jones' friend Keith Casebolt.

Jones worked tirelessly to raise money for kids in need, and friends and family wanted to keep his dream alive by building the park he always envisioned.

The playground was built specifically to accommodate the needs of special needs children which friends and family say was one of Jones' biggest passions.

"It was his vision along with the Hillbilly Christmas in July that we would have the first universal park in Pikeville," said his widow Paulette Jones.

And they did, dedicating it in his memory on what would have been his 62nd birthday.

"It means the world to us," said Paulette.

"He would have absolutely been over the top thrilled with what's been accomplished here. It would have been not beyond Randy's wildest imagination because Randy truly was a dreamer," said Jones' friend Danny VanHoose.

His family says they are honored to be a part of what they call a dream come true.

"Thank all the board members for carrying my father's dream because it could easily have been left in the wind," said Jones' son Austin.

They hope his memory continues to live on through the children who play there.

The playground is located behind the soccer complex in the Bob Amos Park in Pikeville.

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