J. Ray Jones

Published 6:50 pm Monday, April 9, 2012

J. Ray Jones went to be with his Lord Jesus on Resurrection Sunday.

He was born Feb. 14, 1925 in Falkville. He passed away at Golden Living Center in Trussville on April 8, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.O. Jones and Lila Zora Suggs Jones from Falkville, and two sisters, Willodean Sandlin of Alabaster and Emalean Boley of Gadsden.

As a World War II veteran, he served his country in the Naval Airforce. He worked as a construction superintendent with Brice Building Company in Birmingham for 42 years and retired in 1993. Since then, he and his wife of 65 years enjoyed traveling, playing a good game of cards with friends and working in their yard.

He is well known for his beautiful blue eyes, a sweet smile for everyone and his loving devotion to his wife, family and friends. Most of all, he was a Godly man who loved his Lord and his church at Trussville First Baptist. He was ordained as a deacon when he served First Baptist of Tarrant before moving to Trussville.

Ray is survived by his wife, Frances Collins Jones of Birmingham; one sister, Martha Jo Smith (Julius) of Montgomery; one daughter, Barbara Simpkins (Jerry) of Thomson, Ga.; two sons, Gregory Jones (Kathy) of Clanton and Alan Jones (Lisa) of Auburn. He had seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was loved by all who knew him and will be sorely missed.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel, with the funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. Graveside service will be at 11 Wednesday morning at Friendship Baptist Church cemetery in Clanton.