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Raymond ‘Sonny’ Louis Jones

FOREST—Raymond “Sonny” Louis Jones, 81, of Forest passed away at his home on Friday, July 12, 2019.  He was the loving husband of Marie Whittaker Jones.

Born Saturday, July 9, 1938, in Baltimore, Md., Raymond was a son of the late Raymond Wilson Jones and the late Sarah Gaskins Jones.

In addition to his wife, Raymond is survived by his children, Sheri Jones Sites (Curtis) of Bedford and David R. Jones of Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Amanda Jones of Bedford and Lance (LJ) Jones of Gladys; brother, Donny L. Jones (Joy) of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

Sonny grew up in White Stone. He enlisted in the Navy at a young age and retired from the Charleston Naval Shipyard with many service awards. He was a life member of Mariner Lodge No. 2 and a longtime member of Lakewood Baptist Church. He was a loving husband and dedicated father. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

A celebration of Raymond’s life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Lakewood Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Manley officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Lakewood Baptist Church, 2469 Sunburst Road, Evington, VA 24550.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

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