Kelly Jones (Miss Alabama)

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Kelly Jones
Born1976 or 1977 (age 46–47)
Other namesKelly Carr
SpouseBenjamin Carr (m. 2003)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Lake Wedowee 1998
Miss Samford 1999
Miss Jefferson County 2000
Miss Homewood Area 2001
Miss Alabama 2001[1]
Miss America 2002

Kelly Jones Carr (born 1976/1977) is an American educator and beauty pageant titleholder from Birmingham, Alabama, who was named Miss Alabama 2001.


In high school, Jones was a contestant in Mississippi's Junior Miss.[2] In 1998, she was crowned Miss Lake Wedowee and placed at Miss Alabama that year.[2] While a senior at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Jones won the title of Miss Samford 1999.[2] The next year she was crowned Miss Jefferson County 2000.[3]

Jones was selected as Miss Homewood Area 2001 then, in early 2001, Jones was diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome, a potentially fatal illness caused by a bacterial toxin.[4][5] The antibiotic treatment for this caused her most of her hair to fall out just two months before the Miss Alabama pageant in June.[4][6]

Jones' preliminary competition talent for Miss Alabama was playing classical piano.[7] Her platform was "Boys and Girls Clubs: Be a Peer Role Model".[6][8] Jones won the state competition on Saturday, June 16, 2001, when she received her crown from outgoing Miss Alabama titleholder Jana Sanderson.[4][6] After winning, Jones announced she would use the scholarship money to pursue a graduate degree in music education.[6] As Miss Alabama, her activities included public appearances across the state of Alabama.[9]

Jones was Alabama's representative at the Miss America 2002 pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[10] Her competition talent was a classical piano performance of Frédéric Chopin's Ballade No. 1.[8][10] Jones was not one of the finalists for the Miss America title.[1] Her reign as Miss Alabama continued until Scarlotte Deupree was crowned on June 15, 2002.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Jones is a Birmingham, Alabama, native and spent part of her high school years at Mountain Brook High School. She is a 1995 graduate of Lamar High School in Meridian, Mississippi.[7] Majoring in piano performance, Jones graduated from Samford University with a bachelor's degree in December 1999.[2][7] While at Samford, she was inducted into the Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.[12] She then enrolled in a graduate program at The University of Alabama studying music education.[8]

Before becoming Miss Alabama in 2001, Jones worked as a fragrance model, a waitress, and a piano teacher.[10] After graduating, she owned and operated a music academy in Augusta, Georgia.[13] In 2008, she was hired as the administrator for the Gadsden Community School for the Arts in Gadsden, Alabama.[13]

Her parents are Jerry Wilson Jones and Cynthia Perkins Jones.[7] During her reign as Miss Alabama, her father worked for a department store and her mother was a homemaker.[10] She is an only child.[5] Jones was raised Southern Baptist.[5] On August 9, 2003, she married Benjamin Matthew Carr.[14] Her wedding was featured in the 2004 edition of Alabama Weddings.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Miss Alabama History". Miss Alabama. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Hughey, Holly (1999). "No Guts, No Glory". Entre Nous Voices. Samford University. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Past Jefferson County Winners". Miss Jefferson County. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Kelly Jones takes crown as Miss Alabama for 2001". The Gadsden Times. Gadsden, AL. June 17, 2001. p. B7. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Heyman, Greg (June 28, 2001). "Dawson member Kelly Jones overcomes illness to claim Miss Alabama crown". The Alabama Baptist. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d "Samford's Kelly Jones Claims Miss Alabama Title". Seasons. Vol. 18, no. 2. Samford University. Summer 2001. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d "Kelly Jones crowned Miss Alabama 2001". Franklin County Times. Russellville, AL. July 3, 2001. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "UA Students Compete in Miss Alabama Pageant". UA News. The University of Alabama. June 12, 2001. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Miss Alabama 2001 Visited The Rose Club". The Lamar Democrat. Vernon, AL. February 20, 2002. p. 1. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d "Miss Alabama". Miss America. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Kelly Hawkins first runner-up in Miss Alabama Pageant". Troy Messenger. Troy, AL. June 18, 2002. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Accomplished Members - Pageant Winners". Alpha Delta Pi. Archived from the original on August 11, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Cole, Antrenise (February 1, 2009). "Carr takes lead at arts school". The Gadsden Times. Gadsden, AL. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  14. ^ "Carr, Jones". Franklin County Times. Russellville, AL. October 11, 2003. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  15. ^ Cohron, Jennifer (February 13, 2011). "Locally-based bridal magazine celebrates its 10th anniversary". Daily Mountain Eagle. Jasper, AL. Archived from the original on August 11, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Alabama
Succeeded by
Scarlotte Deupree