Memorial service for radio host Qubilah Jones slated for Saturday

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A well-known radio host in Northeast Arkansas often known for ending a popular on-air show with poetry recently lost her battle with a deadly disease and is slated to be remembered Saturday (Jan. 14) during a memorial service.

Qubilah Jones, 45, longtime host of KLEK’s “Community Conversations” passed away on Dec. 31st at Baptist Hospital in North Little Rock. Jones spent years battling Lymphedema, an incurable disease that causes the lymph nodes to swell.

She interviewed hundreds of nonprofit leaders, faith-based leaders, and government officials during her career in her attempt to raise issues in the realms of poverty, faith, government, and others in Jonesboro and throughout Northeast Arkansas.

In 2017, she earned the Volunteer of the Year award for the city of Jonesboro for over 2,000 hours of community service. Jones spearheaded several KLEK events such as the “Juneteenth in Jonesboro” celebration, which won the 2022 Betty T. Sloan Promotional Award for an event that promotes Jonesboro in a positive light and the annual Kwanzaa celebration.

She was well-known for spreading her hashtag motto #BeeIntentional and for doling “Pink Sugar Kisses” to all she loved.

Jones’ life and contributions she made will be celebrated at her memorial service which will take place at noon inside Centennial Hall on the Arkansas State University campus.

Rev. DeAndre Warren, Senior Pastor, and Rev. Dr. Ray Scales, Senior Pastor Emeritus of New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate the service.

Mayor Harold Copenhaver will be on hand to issue a special proclamation declaring Saturday, Jan. 14 as “Qubilah Jones Day.”