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John Jones

John Oliver Jones

Thursday, September 15th, 1938 - Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
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Obituary

John Oliver Jones, age 81, died on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Born on Thursday, September 15, 1938, in Craig County, Va., to the late Tracy Miller Jones and Mary Woods Jones. He served in the US Army with the 52nd Artillery Brigade; was employed by VDOT for over 40 years; and was a devote member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church, where he was involved with the Scouts for over 30 years. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife, Gaye Porter Jones; and his brother, Frank E. Jones.

He is survived by his daughter, Sheri Jones Smith, and husband, Stuart; along with grandsons, Wyatt and Sawyer Smith.

The family wishes to thank all the staff on Mountain View Lane at Richfield for the loving care provided over the last two and a half years.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, 305 Roanoke Blvd. Salem, Va.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 2922 Corbieshaw Rd. SW, Roanoke, Va. 24015, with Rev. Morris Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Franklin Memorial Park in Rocky Mount.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Woodlawn UMC at the address above.

Online condolences may be expressed online at www.johnmoakey.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Service

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Woodlawn United Methodist Church
    Address
    2922 Corbieshaw Road SW
    Roanoke, Virginia 24015
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    Officiant
    Rev. Morris Bennett
  • Interment

    Location
    Franklin Memorial Park
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Rocky Mount, VA
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Allen Williams

Posted at 10:31am
Sheri, Stuart and boys, I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing. The time I got to spend with John were some of the days of my life. He taught me so much and had a huge heart. I'll never forget the warmth he showed others. The stories he told and the stories we made together are priceless. Only a few people can say they fell through a closet floor in a funeral home. Heaven has gained a wonderful man and he is united with the love of his life, Mrs. Gay.

I am sorry to be in the eastern part of the state at this time but I am stuck here until Friday. Please know, John was one of the best people I ever knew and I know will never be replaced. May God ease your loss and may you always remember what a wonderful father and grandfather John was. He dearly loved his family!!!!

May God bless you Sheri and family!!!!
HS

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Posted at 09:14am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Allen Williams and Buddy Buchanan
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Betty Hosp

Posted at 10:56am
I'm so sorry to hear of John's death. He was a wonderful neighbor for many, many years. Love to all the family.

Betty B. Hosp
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Frank E Jones II

Posted at 05:37pm
In our thoughts and prayers. Ally and Eric
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Posted at 11:43am
We send you thoughts of comfort.
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