Stacey Jones


Stacey Jones was born and raised in Alexander City, a graduate of Benjamin Russell High and Alexander City Junior College (now known as CACC). She began her career with Russell Corporation fresh out of high school as a quality control inspector, and began serving lunch at Cecil's Public House when she turned 21. When Stacey injured her hand and couldn't work at Russell, her boss at Cecil's, Greg Cecil, offered her a position at Cecil's on the Lake as a cashier.

From this point on, Stacey had restaurant fever. Upon her return to Russell, she put in a one-month's notice and left to work full-time at Cecil's, alternating as a server/bartender at Public House and a part-time manager at Cecil's on the Lake, the site of today's Kowaliga Restaurant. Two days in to her training, the full-time manager quit, and Stacey took over. She continued to work at both of Mr. Cecil's restaurant locations until June 18, 1999, when Cecil's on the Lake burned to the ground.

After Cecil's on the Lake burned down, Stacey returned to Cecil's Public House as the full-time manager, and eventually purchased it from Greg Cecil in July 2007. She continued to manage the restaurant she now owned until it, too, burned down in a tragic fire on March 17, 2012. Stacey went on to do odd catering jobs until Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse and the Russell Lands family offered her the job of Dining Room Manager at the newly-acquired, rebuilt Kowaliga Restaurant in November of 2012, and she's been here ever since.

Stacey has two children, Ryan and Emily, who are students at Auburn University and Benjamin Russell High, respectively.