James Raymond Jones

Wednesday, June 28, 1944 - Sunday, September 8, 2019

Loved Deeply

Photo of James Raymond Jones  - 1944-2019

Asheville- James Raymond Jones, age 75, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019 at his home with his loving family at his side.

Raymond was born June 28, 1944 to the late Charles Alford Jones and the late Bertha Gibson Jones. He was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County and had been employed as a truck driver, an automobile mechanic and was also employed for 10 years with Champion Finishing in Asheville. Often in Raymond’s spare time he could be found watching NASCAR racing and wrestling on television.  His heart was filled with immeasurable love for his family and his many friends and we give thanks for the blessed life of Raymond Jones. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, wonderful daddy, a granddaddy that was a mentor and a true protector of his grandson and also a faithful and good friend. We give thanks for the life of James Raymond Jones.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles “Boodle” Jones, Jr. and Jeffrey Scott Jones;a great-grandson, Hunter Earley; and a nephew, Charles E. Jones.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Leesa Bishop Jones of Asheville; his daughter, Melanie Jones (Gary) of Candler;his grandson that was the light of his life, Patrick Earley and his fiancée, Christian of Candler; great-grandchildren, Havannah Mae Earley, Bristol Rain Earley, and Raymond Braylan Earley; a brother, Edwin “Snuffy” Jones of Candler; sisters, Debbie Reece (Henry) of Canton and Holly Arrington of Canton; several nephews and a multitude of friends that he loved just like family.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Candler. Pastor Betty Drake will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Wednesday evening at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton. Serving as pallbearers will be Patrick James Earley, Jason Jones, Gary Hampton, Earl Garrison, Brandon Fisher, and Nathan Bolick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriners Children Hospital, 950 W Faris Road, Greenville, SC 39605

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Jones family.  

Condolences from family and friends

I'm very sorry for your great loss. Raymond was a wonderful, sweet thoughtful man. My prayers will continue for you Leesa, Melanie, Patrick and families. He'll remain in our hearts forever.
Tammy Sherlin
I am so very sorry, Leesa!! Love you!! Will be praying for you and your family I am sending you love and hugs ❤️
Janette Banks
I'm truly sorry for the loss that you the family have,take comfort in knowing he is with Jesus. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Blessed are those that mourn,for they shall be comforted, Matthew 5:4. God clearly spoke about death of his saints, again I'm sorry and I'm praying for you all.
Chad Jones
my sincere condolences for family and friends james rest in gods heaven
gary brooks
Such a sweet obituary, but so very true, of a marvelous man.
Deonne Reese
So sorry for your loss, sending prayers to you and your family.
Jennifer Ingle Sutton
Thank you for being in my life you made this world alot better to be in thank you for your compation and understanding you will truly be missed more than words could ever say love you Uncle Raymond
Jason Jones "Shrimp"
I'm very sorry Leesa Melanie and Patrick he was a awesome man but he's in a much better place now looking over us all if you need anything let me know I love you all very much. R.I.P Uncle Raymond
Angela Hawkins
Sorry for your loss he sure was a good man and a good cousin sorry I couldn't make it to funeral home but we are praying for u all loved him and u all too
Wanda griffin
Papa Raymond was like a grandparent to me and treated me and my brother Nathan Bolick like grandsons. My farther Jimmy Bolick and Papa Raymond were great friends for over 39 years. A wise man Raymond Jones was and will always be.
James Bolick
My heart breaks for you as I know how it feels to lose your soul mate but I know your faith and the love of your family will get you through, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Marie Ball
He was always a good friend. Growing up he was a good person.....sorry to hear of his passing ..tell the other part of the family sending prayers their way ...from cousin Rose...Betty..
Rose Gibson Bramlett